Newgate Farm and Lubiton
Group III placed last season in the Kembla Classic, talented Snitzel mare Lubiton has soared to new heights this campaign winning the Listed Mona Lisa Stakes at Wyong last month and then breaking the track record to win the Group III MVRC Tesio Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
The Bjorn Baker trained mare had been set for this race following some good recent runs in Sydney and delivered for connections when powering to the lead early before surging away to win by a length and a quarter.
“The plan was to lead,” said winning rider Blake Shinn.
“I rode her to her strengths and she was really dominant.”
Lubiton clocked1:34.42 in winning the 1600 metre feature to break the previous track record held by Cabeza and her trainer will now look at raising the bar to Group I level with the VRC Myer Classic next Saturday an option.
“He (Blake Shinn) rode like she was the toughest and fittest horse in the race and she was,” Baker said.
“It’s a great result for Steve Gillard, who has been a great supporter of mine and she’s a Sntizel mare that is now worth a lot of money.”
Lubiton was a $250,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Newgate Farm draft and runs for Steve and Louise Gillard.
With five wins from 17 starts, Lubiton has already won over $300,000 and is the first foal and first winner for Rosa Stellata, a Zabeel daughter of Group I winner Camino Rose.
Bred by Bell View Park in partnership, she was a successful pinhook for Newgate, having been bought as a weanling for $150,000 from Bell View Park, who sold Rosa Stellata for $90,000 at the Inglis Broodmare Sale last year.
Newgate Farm was founded by Henry Field in 2010 with only a handful of mares on a 250 acre leased property. Today, Newgate is one of the leading farms in Australia encompassing 1,700 acres of prime Hunter Valley land. With a foundation based upon quality bloodstock and quality people, Newgate has flourished.
Within a few short years, Newgate has become a major force within the Australasian Thoroughbred Industry. Newgate established a stallion division in 2012, which has grown exponentially since the acquisition of the high-class Group 1 winning sprinter Foxwedge. In 2013 Newgate purchased one of the finest properties in the Hunter Valley, the historic Brooklyn Lodge Stud, which has already produced Golden Slipper winners, Classic winners, and Cup winners among countless others.
Newgate also ranks among the top consignors at major Australian auctions having a record of producing high priced, quality yearlings that go on to perform on the racetrack.