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Fields of Omagh
Profile of a Champion

By Rubiton from Finneto
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South Australian trained champion Fields of Omagh was retired after winning the WS Cox Plate as a 9yo in October 2006.  His story begins almost a decade early in Victoria. 

Fields of Omagh was sired by the champion racehorse and sire Rubiton who was the dominant racehorse of the spring of 1987 winning both the WS Cox Plate and LKS Mackinnon Stakes in the space of 8 days.  As a sire Rubiton has produced over 30 stakeswinners including Rubitano, Patezza, Flavour, Adam, Innovation Girl, Monopolize and Ruby Clipper.  He died in November 2005.


Rubiton at Victoria Park

Finneto by Cerreto (sire of stakeswinners such as Beach Gown, Carringbush, Rich Fields Lad, Mavournae, etc) from Fold (By Lupus sire of SA stakeswinner Brugan).  The chestnut filly was foaled in 1981 and showed promise winning her only race start.  Retired to stud in 1985 she produced a filly called Finnetri (by Tristino) who was unraced and didn’t produce any foals.  The following year she foaled Infinate Charm (by Tristino) who won four races before going to stud where she has produced 6 named foals  of which four have raced three being winners including Victorian stakeswinner Infinite Grace (2nd Group 1 Emirates Stk).  The 1987 foal by Tristino died while a chestnut colt by Lord of Camelot called Lord of Tintagel was next who raced 4 times for 1 win and two thirds.

Fields of Omagh winning at Cheltenham in October 2001

Returning to scale at Cheltenham

Fields of Omagh winning his first Stakes race

Cruising to the line at Victoria Park

Well clear of his rivals

Returning to scale at Victoria Park

Finneto produced Timeless Grace (a chestnut filly by Gay Habit) in 1989 who became a stakeswinner in Victoria but has only produced one foal at stud called Eternal Grace who died as a 3yo.  She then missed to Gay Habit before foaling Mrs. Flynn (a chestnut filly by Othei Bay) in 1990.  Mrs. Flynn was unraced but produced 4 foals the winners Prince Errol and Mulholland Drive, Lady Deidre (now at stud) and a currently unnamed foal by Rubiton.  In 1992 Finneto foaled King Brian (by Twig Moss) who was successful in Victoria but later became a stakeswinner in Western Australia and was 4th in the 2001 Perth Cup.  Next was a Twig Moss gelding who raced as Rathsallagh in Australia where he had 9 starts for one win and two placings before being exported to Malaysia in October 1997.  Racing as Kiki Kukiki he won four races in Singapore.  Finneto’s next foal was a chestnut gelding by Twig Moss called Mosseto who had 31 starts for 3 wins followed by a Twig Moss filly called Finnetie who was sold at a mixed sale as a 2yo before being exported to China in August 1998.

Returning to scale at Victoria Park

After winning at Victoria Park

After winning at Victoria Park in 2001

Before the 2002 WS Cox Plate

Before an exhibition gallop at Morphettville in Sep 2003

In the Morphettville mounting yard 2003

Finneto then produced a colt by Royal Academy who was sold through the Australian Easter Yearling Sales for $150,000.  Sent to Hong Kong in November 1998 he was named Win Academy and had six starts before being pulled up during the race at his final start.  Fields of Omagh was foaled in 1997 while a colt by Geiger Counter was produced in 1998.  Named Craigavad he was passed in for $45,000 with a reserve of $50,000 at the Melbourne Yearling sales and started 33 times for 3 wins and 9 placings.  A chestnut filly by Geiger Counter called Enniskerry was foaled in 1999.  She had 9 starts for three wins and a placing before an injury brought about retirement.  Sold as a broodmare for $150,000 her first foal by King’s Best was sold for $77,500 at the Melbourne Yearling Sales.  Finneto then missed to Bluebird before foaling Malcolm in 2001 who was sold at the Australian Easter Yearling Sales for $150,000.  By Snippets the bay gelding has started 18 times for 8 wins and 7 placings including stakes wins in both Sydney and Melbourne and he was third in the 2006 Epsom Hcp.  Sent to King’s Best Finneto then produced the chestnut filly Monaco Princess who is a winner from only 6 starts.  Finneto’s final foal was Princess Nemo a bay filly by Rubiton who is Fields of Omagh’s only full sibling.  Finneto was put down due to problems associated with old age on December 14 2003 aged 22.

Fields of Omagh was foaled on September 22 1997 and was reared by Jill Ross at Lynden Park Stud until he was offered at the Melbourne Yearling Sale in 1999.  Offered on behalf of Martin O’Connor the bay colt was passed in for $45,000 only just shy of the $50,000 reserve.  He was later purchased by the No Big Deal Syndicate managed by Bryan Martin with Martin O’Connor later taking a share when the horse was sent to Lindsay Park.  Fields of Omagh has a distinctive mark on his neck which is known as a prophets thumb print.  Said to be the mark of a good horse it is thought to be caused by a hoof against the neck when the foal is in the womb.

Morphettville Sep 2003

Heading out onto the track Sep 2003

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