Field Day Heading South After Grafton Cup

VETERAN Grafton trainer Chris Field has elected to send his gifted youngster Field Day to a leading Victorian kennel to further his racing career.

VETERAN trainer Chris Field has elected to send gifted youngster Field Day to premier Victorian mentor Jason Thompson.

But he's got a Group 3 Grafton Cup (450m) to win first.

Winner at four of five career starts, Field Day, a son of Hooked On Scotch and Magical Mia, has created a huge impression, boasting an aggregate winning margin of more than 30 lengths.

The rampaging performances have seen the hulking 40 kilogram galloper become the subject of significant offers yet Field has so far resisted the temptation to part ways with the powerhouse youngster.

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"The offers got right up there but I was either selling them all or nothing," Field, 73, said.

"I had $110,000 on the lot of them (the litter) but never got a deal across the line so I held on to them."

A month ago, Field created headlines when taking seven of the litter to race at Grafton where he registered an historic six winners and a second.

On Wednesday night, Field Day will give away age and experience to almost all of his rivals when lines-up in heat two of the Grafton Cup (450m) from box four.

Trainer Chris Field

But win, lose or draw in the $25,000-to-the-winner series, the July 2022 whelp will head south to the kennels of Jason Thompson to further his racing career.

"Jason called me on Brisbane Cup Day last week," Field said. 

"We chatted for probably 20 minutes and by the end of it I was happy to send him down there.

"If he is going to measure up to those bigger and better races then he's the man to find out.

"If down the track he has clients that want to buy him we can look at that as well. We'll just see how it all unfolds.

"The only track he's even been to is Grafton."

While Field Day hasn't raced since June 4, Field has kept the star youngster up to the mark with 450 metre trial hit-outs the past two Mondays. 

"He went 25.11 both times," Field added.

"The first week, Barefoot Zulu went 25.13 before his record stewards' trial and win last night (Sunday). 

"I'm pretty confident that with the right run and track my dog can give the record a nudge.

"I wasn't too keen to put him in the cup heats as he's giving a lot of experience away but I haven't been able to get a race for him the past two weeks for different reasons.

"After the Cup he'll head down to Jason and if we could send him away as a winner of the Grafton Cup it would be great.

"We'll try and get through Wednesday night first."

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