Marchfield son lifts Nearctic Stakes

Field Of Courage, a son of dual champion and Moutonshoek sire Marchfield, scored a 40-1 shock when downing some top-class sprinters in Sunday’s G2 Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine.

Field Of Courage

On one of Canada’s biggest race days of the year, the gallant Field Of Courage made it win six when relishing the soft underfoot conditions to lift the spoils in the 1200m contest.

His fancied stablemate Conquest Tsunami vied with Dowse’s Beach through a swift opening quarter in :22.88, as Cotai Glory was tucked just behind them in midpack, and White Flag was in a poor tactical position in last. Field of Courage, always close up on the outside, improved to join the leaders at the half-mile mark before going on to post a 1.75 length win for trainer Mark Casse and jockey Luis Contreras.
It was a first graded win for Field Of Courage, who had previously finished third, behind Breaking Lucky and subsequent dual G1 winner Shaman Ghost, in the classic Prince Of Wales Stakes back in 2015. The gelding has now won six of 17 outings and Sunday’s win pushed his earnings to over $400 000.

Among the notable scalps claimed by Field Of Courage in Sunday’s G2 feature were British G3 winner and G1 King’s Stand Stakes second Cotai Glory, favourite White Flag and recent G3 Bold Venture Stakes winner Ikerrin Road.

Field Of Courage’s sire Marchfield himself was an outstanding performer in Canada, and was Champion Older Male in that country in both 2008 and 2009.

A son of the great sire A P Indy, Marchfield has a single lot on offer at next month’s Ready To Run Sale –a colt (closely inbred to Mr Prospector) whose dam is a half-sister to six time US stakes winner Gasia (Lot 27).

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