Group-winning sprinter North Pacific, one of the standout yearlings of his generation who developed into one of the leading colts of his crop, will stand at Newgate Farm in 2021. While Newgate Farm principal Henry Field already has Longines Golden Slipper (G1) winner Stay Inside safely in his keeping, the stud's focus has switched to this year's roster and yesterday it was announced the son of Brazen Beau had sustained an injury which saw his eight-start career prematurely brought to an end. The top-priced Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale purchase in 2019, North Pacific will stand for an introductory fee of AUS$22,000.
He will be available for inspection at Inglis' Riverside Stables complex in Sydney at 4 p.m. April 4.
"The story goes back to when North was a yearling and Henry underbid him, he chased him hard to try and buy him. Obviously, the Hawkes team and Orbis were too strong, but we have followed him closely ever since," Newgate Farm's director of bloodstock Bruce Slade told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday. "He was a sales topper with the looks to match combined with elite race performance. "We are big on our time data to try and secure these horses before they win their group 1s, and he was one we secured after his Golden Rose second when he just got nosed out by Ole Kirk."
Trained by Michael, Wayne, and John Hawkes, the colt retires as the winner of the Quincy Seltzer Up And Coming Stakes (G3) and was a narrow second in the De Bortoli Golden Rose Stakes (G1) behind stablemate Ole Kirk, who has also been retired to stand in the Hunter Valley at Vinery Stud next season. He was also placed in the Inglis Silver Slipper Stakes (G2) behind champion juvenile Farnan at his first start before returning during the winter for a dominant Rosehill victory in July as an entrée to his three stakes placings in succession.
Connections elected to retire the colt after runs in the Eskimo Prince Stakes (G3), the Hobartville Stakes (G2), and the Randwick Guineas (G1) March 6 to round out his race career.
"He was brought up beautifully to run well in the Randwick Guineas, having run second in the Hobartville, but he was injured in that race and he has had to be retired," Slade said. "Unfortunately, I felt like we never saw the best of him based on the time data, but the good side of that is the breeders have the opportunity to use a really elite-class racehorse who is very good-looking and Danehill-free for $20,000."
Bred by Victorian cattle farmer and businessman David Gillies, North Pacific is out of the unraced O'Reilly mare Up In Lights, a three- quarter sister to Hopscotch, herself the dam of this season's star Te Akau filly Amarelinha, last month's Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (G1) winner, and Sitting Pretty, the dam of dual group 3-winning mare Missybeel.
"There's some great mares through his pedigree, and there's obviously O'Reilly, who has been a top sire; there's Courtza and Octagonal from the Eight Carat family," Slade said. "Pedigree wise, you can see some lovely duplications of Eight Carat." A limited number of breeding rights will be available in North Pacific, the second son of Brazen Beau to join the Newgate Farm stallion roster.
Slade said: "We obviously love Brazen Beau—we already stand Tassort. He is a horse who hasn't been afforded the big books given his fertility, but he has done a monster job at stud, so we're pleased to have another son of Brazen Beau."
John Hawkes, Michael Hawkes, and Wayne Hawkes all tell you that North Pacific was a genuine group 1 horse, as does (jockey) James McDonald, so we've got no doubt that we're working with a horse who had elite ability, and now it is our job to give him his opportunity at stud." The standing of North Pacific bodes well for the future of Newgate Farm which this year also bought into subsequent Slipper winner Stay Inside, Neds Blue Diamond Stakes (G1) winner Artorius, and fellow 2-year-old colt Profiteer, the Inglis Millennium Stakes winner.
Newgate Farm is yet to announce the service fees for its full stallion roster, with inevitable price rises for Capitalist, Extreme Choice, and Flying Artie sure to be anticipated by breeders.