Xilong … Digging Deep Is A Pane In The Glass

Xilong wins the Group Two TAB Euclase Stakes at Morphettville (Atkins Photography)

Newgate Farm’s Henry Field well remembers the deeds of Testa Rossa mare, Pane In The Glass.

“She (Pane In The Glass) was a top 2YO who won the Inglis Nursery and Inglis 2YO Classic before running third and then second behind Helmet in the (Group One) AJC Sires’ Produce and (Group One) Champagne Stakes … beaten a length both times,” Field recalls. “She also won a (Group Three) Silver Shadow at three. All up, nearly $700,000 in prizemoney after being sold for $32,000 as a yearling.

“Newgate partner, SF Bloodstock, purchased her at the 2013 Patinack Dispersal for $500,000 and has been with us, on farm, ever since.”

On Saturday, Pane In The Glass’s third foal – the Tony and Calvin McEvoy trained 3YO, Xilong – led throughout in the Group Two TAB Euclase Stakes over 1200m at Morphettville to notch up her second stakes victory and take her overall tally to five wins and three placings from just nine starts.

“She (Xilong) was actually bred by another Newgate partner in Matthew Sandblom who purchased a majority share in Pane In The Glass, through James Harron, for $600,000 at the 2016 Inglis Broodmare Sale,” Field explains. “A pretty good advertisement for Sunday’s Broodmare Sale given that Pane In The Glass was in foal to Deep Field and carrying Xilong at the time.

“We’ve sold a lot of good mares, in utero, who have gone on to produce terrific horses … Response, the dam of 2018 Golden Slipper winner Estijaab, for one.”

Newgate would ultimately sell Xilong to the McEvoys for $360,000 at the 2018 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

“She was an outstanding foal – big, baldy face – and Matthew (Sandblom) reckons it was his favourite foal that year. He was thrilled with her winning the Group Two on Saturday,” Field points out. “Pane In The Glass has produced six straight fillies and Tony McEvoy has trained the first three, including the multiple winner Roomooz for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.

“Roomooz was covered by Deep Field last season, as was Pane In The Glass, while Pane In The Glass is likely to head to Deep Field’s (Group Two winner) Cosmic Force this spring to produce a three quarter relation.”

Xilong is the fourth stakes winner for Deep Field who has covered a massive 1119 mares in his five seasons at stud.

“Tony (McEvoy) reckons Xilong definitely has a Group One in her and three starts ago she ran a three quarter length third behind Probabeel and Youngstar in the Group One Surround Stakes,” Field enthused. “Deep Field is the leading second season sire by winners and I have to say it’s his fillies that have been really stepping up to the mark.

“He’s had eight to 10 of his really good colts sold overseas, but fillies like John Thompson’s Fituese (four wins from six starts) and Tony Gollan’s unbeaten 2YO, Isotope – favourite for the (Group One) JJ Atkins – are doing a great job flying the flag locally.”

It’s already shaping to be another big week for Newgate Farm with the announcement on Monday that Cosmic Force would retire to the stud this spring, while Newgate is poised to sell nine mares at Friday’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale, with a further 23 to go under the digital hammer on Sunday in the 399-lot strong Inglis Broodmare Sale.

“These are remarkable times, but Inglis is to be applauded for the way it has rallied with the digital platform and have pulled together some terrific catalogues,” Field adds. “We sold Maastricht for $2,250,000 at last year’s Chairman’s and her filly, Loving Gaby, has since come out and won two Group Ones and placed in three others, while I’m fairly certain any breeder would love to find another Pane In The Glass at Sunday’s Broodmare Sale.”

Aushorse CEO, Tom Reilly, is likewise a firm believer in the opportunities available at Australian broodmare auctions.

“Aushorse research has shown time and again the value to be had at our broodmare sales,” Reilly emphasises. “Bounding was sold for A$1.9 million at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale and her colt was knocked down for US$4.1 million at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale last year, while Bounding’s mum, Believe’n’Succeed was sold at the Patinack Dispersal and is also the dam of 2019 Epsom Derby winner, Anthony van Dyck.

“Meanwhile, you have Group One winners in recent years like Trapeze Artist, Shoals, Kermadec, Tivaci and Extra Brut who were all sold in utero and arguably one of the greatest bargains ever in Happy Clapper ($7.3 million in prizemoney) whose dam, Busking, was sold in foal for just $13,000.”

It’s certainly been a memorable few weeks for auction house, Inglis, which despite being confronted with the coronavirus outbreak, staged the Easter Yearling Sale online – deservedly garnering global plaudits – while last week’s Digital Monthly auction reaped $4.1 million … yet another record.

Buoyed by the success of Bella Vella in Saturday’s Group One TAB Classic Robert Sangster Stakes – a $22,500 Inglis Digital Monthly purchase – Inglis General Manager Bloodstock Sales & Marketing, Sebastian Hutch, is quietly confident about the rapidly approaching Chairman’s and Broodmare sales.

“The value on offer through our upcoming breeding stock sale series is likely to be unprecedented in the context of the recent history of the Australasian breeding industry,” Hutch believes. “These are sales that any discerning breeder needs to be taking very seriously.

“The Chairman’s Sale will attract a lot of the attention, but the Australian Broodmare Sale catalogue is very interesting having been enhanced by a series of very strong supplementary entries.

“There are over 80 stakes winners or producers catalogued across the two sales, while there are over 60 progeny of or siblings to Group One winners. I can see without any degree of hesitation that there will be some fantastic commercial and racetrack success stories emerge from both sales.”

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