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Fields of Omagh
Profile of a Champion
By Rubiton from Finneto
Page 6

All was going well until Fields of Omagh suffered an abscess in the groin a week before he was due to run in the Liston Stakes but recovered to line up a week later in the Memsie Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield.  Regal Roller led Speedy King and Kempinsky early with Delzao out wide while Fields of Omagh was at the rear of the field.  By the 800m Regal Roller led Vocabulary followed by Kempinsky and Delzao with Fields of Omagh ahead of only Makybe Diva.  Around the turn Vocabulary challenged Regal Roller with Delzao out wide and Fields of Omagh starting to make ground from well back.  Regal Roller sprinted clear in the straight from Vocabulary with Pacific Dancer and Fields of Omagh making ground down the outside and Makybe Diva running on along the rails.  In the final 50m Regal Roller kept going to win by 2 ˝ lengths from Pacific Dancer with Delzao third and Fields of Omagh close up in fifth. 

Two weeks later Fields of Omagh lined up in the JF Feehan Stakes at Moonee Valley.  Speedy King led Le Zagaletta from Kempinsky and Delzao followed by Under the Bridge then Fields of Omagh with Makybe Diva next.  Little changed to the 500m where Le Zagaletta joined Speedy King as Delzao ran on with Fields of Omagh out wide and Makybe Diva making ground.  Le Zagaletta led for home from Delzao and Makybe Diva then Fields of Omagh.  Makybe Diva hit the front in the straight but Delzao fought back from Le Zagaletta then Studebaker outside Fields of Omagh.  In the final 50m Delzao got the better of Makybe Diva to win by a neck with Studebaker third just ahead of Fields of Omagh. 

Returning after the gallop

And still posing for the camera

Heading home ready for the spring!

At Victoria Park in Oct 2006

In the mounting yard

Spotting the camera again

It was then decided to freshen up Fields of Omagh and his next race appearance was back in Adelaide in the weight for age Penny Edition Stakes over 1450m at Victoria Park as his final lead up into the WS Cox Plate.  Unrocel Saint led early from Fields of Omagh and Fairessa with El Nino wide.  By the 1200m Fields of Omagh had taken the lead from Fairessa with Unrocel Saint third.  Turning for home at the 600m Fields of Omagh led under a hold from Fairessa then El Nino with Lawson’s Storm further back.  Fairessa challenged Fields of Omagh by the 300m as Unrocel Saint put in a run further out but Fields of Omagh found plenty and raced clear to win eased up from Fairessa with Unrocel Saint third.  The win was Simon Price’s third win in as many rides on Fields of Omagh and the horse remained unbeaten in races (and exhibition gallops) in Adelaide.

And posing for the pre gallop photo

Getting ready to head out

Heading out onto the track



Heading to the starting point

Back to Moonee Valley and his third run in the WS Cox Plate.  This year there were stars aplenty and while Lonhro had retired to stud the field featured AJC winner Starcraft who had campaigned successfully in the New Zealand spring weight for age races and later raced successfully against the best milers in England, Elvstroem, the Caulfield Cup winner who usually had Makybe Diva’s measure and also went on to overseas success later winning in Dubai, star 3yo Savabeel, Sydney weight for age performer Grand Armee (who defeated Lonhro at the champs final start), star New Zealand mare Miss Potential and star Hong Kong mare Elegant Fashion.  Again  Fields of Omagh was dismissed as a serious threat starting at double figure odds as most talk centred around Starcraft, Elvstroem and Grand Armee.  Regal Roller led Miss Potential followed by Savabeel then Our Egyptian Raine followed by Fields of Omagh outside Elegant Fashion then Starcraft and Grand Armee with Elvstroem further back.  By the 1000m Regal Roller led Miss Potential from Savabeel as Elegant Fashion moved up along the rails past Our Egyptian Raine then Fields of Omagh outside Starcraft.  Around the turn Regal Roller was joined by Miss Potential and Savabeel as Fields of Omagh started his run four wide from Starcraft, Grand Armee and Elvstroem.  On straightening Savabeel kicked a length in front from Fields of Omagh then Starcraft with Elvstroem out wider.  Inside the final 100m 3yo Savabeel with the massive 9.5kg pull in weight was holding the challenge from Fields of Omagh as Starcraft ran on close to the rails and Grand Armee made ground.  Savabeel passed the post a length in front of Fields of Omagh with a neck to Starcraft third.





Finishing strongly to go past Defining

Passing the post

Fields of Omagh was again set to run in Hong Kong with the thought that he may have been jaded the previous year due to the arduous Japan Cup run.  This time he ran in the 2000m race but again he became unbalanced around the turns and went past the post in 12th position 9 lengths from the winner Alexander Goldrun.  It was then decided that he didn’t handle racing in the clockwise direction and Fields of Omagh again missed the autumn and spelled with the 2005 WS Cox Plate as his main aim. 

Fields of Omagh was now an 8yo and at an age when many top racehorses have been retired due to loss of form or injury.  Fields of Omagh had lost some of his dash but was always a chance in the big races similar to Super Impose who at 8 years was the oldest horse to have won the Cox Plate in modern times.  For this campaign Fields of Omagh had a new trainer with David Hayes returning from Hong Kong to take control of Lindsay Park racing empire again.  He decided to take the blinkers off Fields of Omagh and replace them with winkers (sheepskin similar to a noseroll that is attached to the cheek pieces of the bridle).  Jockey Steven King was also back after missing the entire campaign in 2004.

Easing up

Returning to the mounting yard


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