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Fields of Omagh
Profile of a Champion
By Rubiton from Finneto
Page 7

First up he lined up in the JJ Liston Stakes at Caulfield over 1400m.  Super Elegant led early but Regal Roller soon took over with Roman Arch third from Salsa then Modem followed by Fields of Omagh and Lad of the Manor.  Approaching the turn Roman Arch joined Regal Roller and Super Elegant then Lad of the Manor around Salsa followed by Fields of Omagh on the rails.  Super Elegant hit the front in the straight down the centre of the track from Roman Arch with Lad of the Manor and Our Smoking Joe running on as Fields of Omagh was stuck in the worst going near the rails.  Inside the final 50m Lad of the Manor hit the front from Our Smoking Joe then Super Elegant as Fields of Omagh made up some ground.  Lad of the Manor held on to win from Our Smoking Joe with Super Elegant third Salsa fourth and Fields of Omagh 7th but beaten less than four lengths on the worst part of the track. 

Three weeks later he started in the John F Feehan Stakes at Moonee Valley where Tosen Dandy led from Tszyu then Roman Arch followed by Lad of the Manor then Fields of Omagh.  By the 1200m Tosen Dandy led Roman Arch then Tszyu with Fields of Omagh fourth followed by Lad of the Manor with El Segundo and Makybe Diva at the rear.  Around the turn Roman Arch hit the front from Fields of Omagh then Lad of the Manor with Makybe Diva making ground on the outside.  On straightening Fields of Omagh and Lad of the Manor joined Roman Arch with Makybe Diva finishing hard down the outside.  Inside the final 100m Fields of Omagh edged ahead but Lad of the Manor fought back with Makybe Diva joined them out wide.  In the final few bounds Lad of the Manor hit the front to win from Makybe Diva with Fields of Omagh third beaten a half length.

Returning from the exhibition gallop




Heading off from SA for one last Vic Spring carnival campaign

Before the 2006 Caulfield Stakes

Fields of Omagh then went to the Caulfield Stakes where Bazelle led Grey’s Inn then Confectioner followed by Lachlan River and El Segundo then Perlin outside Fields of Omagh.  Little changed in the slowly run race until the 800m where Perlin took off to go to second behind Bazelle with Grey’s Inn third then Confectioner and Lachlan River followed by Fields of Omagh angling to the outside and El Segundo near the rails.  Around the turn Bazelle led as El Segundo made ground along the inside rail as Fields of Omagh ran on around the outside.  By the 300m El Segundo hit the front and raced clear from Bazelle as Fields of Omagh ran on strongly down the outside from Grey’s Inn.  Inside the final 100m Fields of Omagh sprinted hard but couldn’t make up the ground and El Segundo passed the post two lengths in front from Fields of Omagh with Confectioner running on late for third a half length away. 

Fields Of Omagh then lined up for his fourth successive WS Cox Plate.  All the talk centred around Makybe Diva (who later went on to win her third Melbourne Cup), Xcellent and God’s Own with Fields of Omagh again going around at generous double figure odds.  Hotel Grand led from Desert War then Lotteria followed by Grey’s Inn and Super Kid then Outback Prince and Lad of the Manor then Fields of Omagh with Makybe Diva, God’s Own and Xcellent well back.  Little changed to the 800m where the backmarkers took off sending God’s Own and Xcellent very wide around Makybe Diva as the trio tried to circle the field with Fields of Omagh making ground between runners.  By the 600m Desert War hit the front from Lotteria and Fields of Omagh with Confectioner, Makybe Diva, God’s Own and Xcellent spread across the track while Sky Cuddle waited for an inside run and lad of the Manor became stuck behind the wall of runners.  On straightening Lotteria and Fields of Omagh led from Desert War with Makybe Diva running on from Confectioner with Sky Cuddle making ground near the rail.  Inside the 200m Makybe Diva hit the front as Lotteria fought back with Fields of Omagh between them clear of Sky Cuddle.  Makybe Diva took full advantage of her WFA weight advantage to cross the line a length ahead of Lotteria with  a half head to Fields of Omagh and daylight to Sky Cuddle fourth.

In the mounting yard for the Caulfield Stakes








Heading up to the start of the 2006 Caulfield Stakes

Fields of Omagh went on to the Mackinnon Stakes where Our Smoking Joe and Activation led Desert War then Lad of the Manor followed by Studebaker and Sir Dex then Fields of Omagh outside Lachlan River.  Little changed to the home straight where Our Smoking Joe kicked clear of Activation then Lad of the Manor with Desert War on the rails and Fields of Omagh wide but a long way back.  By the 200m Lad of the Manor set out after Our Smoking Joe from Desert War as Fields of Omagh struggled to make ground.  Lad of the Manor hit the front by the 150m and raced away to win from Our Smoking Joe with Lachlan River third with Fields of Omagh 8th of the 10 runners. 

A spell followed before a planned short two run Autumn campaign before preparing for a 5th Cox Plate attempt.   

First up in the CF Orr Stakes Fields of Omagh wasn’t expected to be in the finish by punters sent out at 16-1.  Regal Roller and Live In Vain led from Early Express then Fields of Omagh and Perlin with Lad of the Manor next three wide around Valedictum.  By the 800m Regal Roller and Live In Vain were a mile in from from Early Express and Fields of Omagh.  After settling a scorching pace Regal Roller and Live In Vain started to come back to the field around the turn where Lad of the Manor moved up to third followed by Fields of Omagh.  By the 250m Live in Vain led but was soon challenged by Lad of the Manor with Fields of Omagh running on and Perfect Promise storming home from the back of the field.  By the 100m Perfect Promise flew past Lad of the Manor to win by two lengths with Fields of Omagh a half length away third.



Behind the barrier


Returning after the 2006 Caulfield Stakes


Three weeks later Fields of Omagh went to the Futurity Stakes where Live in Vain went straight to the lead from Shinzig with Red Dazzler next from Mr Murphy and Early Express then Great is Great followed by Fields of Omagh outside Rosden.  By the 800m Live in Vain led by two lengths from Shinzig then two lengths to Red dazzler followed by Mr Murphy then Early Express and Great is Great with Fields of Omagh next as the field began to string out.  Around the home turn Live in vain was challenged by Red Dazzler then Great is Great with Fields of Omagh wider on the track from Rosden.  By the 200m Red Dazzler hit the front from Great is Great as Fields of Omagh started to wind up down the centre.  With 100m to go Fields of Omagh charged after Red Dazzler with Rosden making ground between runners and Live in Vain still fighting on the rail.  Inside the final 50m Fields of Omagh hit the front to pass the post a head in front of Red Dazzler with Rosden third.  In winning Fields of Omagh recorded a new track record for 1600m in 1.34.28 lowering the record by half a second. 

After such a strong win Fields of Omagh’s plans were changed slightly after an invitation to race in Dubai at the World Cup meeting in the Dubai Duty Free.  Fields of Omagh settled behind the leaders on the rails and at the 1200m The Tin Man led with Fields of Omagh in fourth place.  By the 800m he had improved to third and moved out to make a run around the home turn.  Passing the 400m he put in a short sprint to challenge The Tin Man but was soon passed by David Junior.  In the final 200m David Junior raced away to win easily from The Tin Man with Fields of Omagh 7th alongside Bullish Luck from Hong Kong.

The lead weight bag carried in under the saddle can clearing be seen as he is unsaddled



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