Tony Williams

published: 10 Oct 2014 in Q&A

Since being established in 2010 by Henry Field, Newgate Farm has quickly been developed into one of the leading and most progressive studs in Australia.

As Henry says development has been based on a “simple, yet effective approach” of concentrating on “quality bloodstock and quality people”.

Already noted for the number of high priced yearlings Newgate has presented at yearling sales the farm has either bred, reared or sold 10 individual stakes horses.

It was in 2012 that Newgate began expanding into standing stallions with Group 1-winning sprinter Foxwedge becoming foundation sire and he has since been joined by Sizzling, Eurozone and The Factor.

Further expansion has followed with the acquisition of Brooklyn Lodge Stud, which is an outstanding undulating property situated on prime Hunter Valley land.

With all that in mind Stallions questioned Newgate’s bloodstock manager Tony Williams about the 2014 breeding season, the progress of the farm’s stallions and other matters.


Q.: In general terms how has the breeding season been treating Newgate

A.: We have had an amazing run this season with support from shareholders and breeders our stallions were all fully booked. Most importantly they have all been working very well.


Q.: How are Foxwedge’s yearlings looking

A.: I believe Foxwedge has yearlings that are the envy of any stud master standing a stallion. He has an amazing group of yearlings and taking a line through the results of the weanling sales we believe his yearlings will sell very well. Again, most importantly, they are the types that trainers are looking for.


Q.: Are you expecting many of his progeny to be offered at next year’s round of yearling sales

A.: Foxwedge will be represented by around 30 yearlings in the Gold Coast Magic Millions and I believe he should have 10 to 15 in Sydney at Easter. He will also be well represented at other sales.


Q.: Has Foxwedge been receiving a quality book this year

A.: This season, being his third, has resulted in him having as good a book as he has had in his first two seasons as far as quality and numbers are concerned. Breeders who used him in his first two seasons have supported him strongly again.


Q.: How has the response been to Sizzling in his first season

A.: I can answer that in one word . . . AMAZING


Q.: What are the primary reasons for this

A.: He is at a fee that breeders can profit from. Added to that he is by Snitzel, who is taking all before him; he is a magnificent looking individual; and he won a Group 1 winner  at two and during his racing career he also won three Group 2s and two Listed Races. Furthermore has was the highest priced Snitzel of his year as a yearling and, hopefully, his stock will have his physical traits which will guarantee trainers and buyers will treat his off spring with respect.


Q.: Was Eurozone well supported

A.: He is at a fee that a lot of breeders can afford and he is inexpensive for the quality of stallion he is.  Being a multiple Group 1-placed Group 2 winner by Northern Meteor he has a lot of appeal


Q.: How was the response to The Factor

A.: The Factor is the ideal stallion for Australian  conditions being a winner of two Group 1s over seven furlongs in California and being the six furlongs record holder at Santa Anita. His sire War Front has had a the greater part of his success with turf horses, which has led to The Factor being very well received by Australian breeders. Like our other stallions he is serving a full book.


Q.: Will Newgate stallions be doing northern hemisphere seasons

A.: Foxwedge has been shuttling to Whitsbury Manor stud in the United Kingdom and at his point will continue to do so. The Factor is shuttling from the United States where he stands at Lane’s End.


Q.: What is the situation with Newgate’s expansion

A.: At this stage we are concentrating on establishing and developing our stock and stallion ranks after taking over Brooklyn Lodge, which spreads over 1,000 acres and has world class facilities.


Q.: Will you again be in the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s group buying yearlings

A.: Yes, the 2015 sales will be my 15th year of involvement with the Jockey Club. I started in 2000 with Bill Burns and worked alongside him for 10 years. Over the past five years I have assisted Mark Richards, who is the international sales manager for the H.K.J.C.


Q.: When will you begin inspecting yearlings

A.: Normally I start going around the farms early December and then I have a second look at the sales


Q.: Where will the inspections take you

A.: I will be concentrating on New South Wales and expect to look at all the Gold Coast Magic Millions drafts on farm prior to mid-December. I may also venture into Victoria during my travels.


Q.: How are expectations for the 2015 yearling sales

A.: Obviously every year everyone is hopeful. In 2014 we again saw an improvement in the market and we now have an international buying bench that is rapidly developing. I would be confident of a solid sales series in 2015. My view is that there will be an increase in aggregates and averages, rather than a jump.