Fairytales don’t generally come true in horse racing. Fields Of Omagh (Foo) completed a fairy tale ending to his stellar career at Moonee Valley in winning the Cox Plate on October 28th 2006. Foo was the oldest runner at 9 years and was running in the great race for the 5th successive year. Previously, only Tranquil Star had achieved such a feat in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
All Victorian bred and passed in at the Melbourne Premier sale for $45,000, Foo raced for 7 straight seasons. The gelding has been a great testimony to the training grounds of Lindsay Park at Angaston in South Australia.
Fields of Omagh travelled the world to Japan, Dubai and Hong Kong to compete at the highest level. He suffered 2 suspensory injuries to both front legs, yet was able to come back better through the great management of the Lindsay Park team. The bravest of horses, he came through the wonderful era of Makybe Diva, Northerly, Sunline and Lonhro.
The highest stake earner to be sold in Victoria, he sits at 4th on the all time stake earners at close to $6.5 million.
Foo’s retirement was announced on Cox Plate eve and he came out to produce a last to first best ever performance, that took the son of Rubiton to legendary Status.
Date of Birth: 22/09/1997
Sex: Gelding Colour: Bay
Sire: Rubiton Dam: Finneto
Grand Sire: Cerreto (IRE)
Trainer: David Hayes (Lindsay Park)
Breeder: Martin O’Connor
Owners: No Big Deal Syndicate (Mgrs: B Martin & M Bolton), M J O’Connor, A Cork, A Sorrell & E J LeGrand
Colours: Royal Blue, Gold Diamond, Diamond Sleeves and Cap
Prize Money: $6,496,240
Starts: 45 Wins: 13 2nds: 8 3rds: 7
- John F. Feehan Stakes (2002)
- Cox Plate (2003, 2006)
- Futurity Stakes (2006)
|28/10/2006||M V||Good||2040||COX PLTE|
|02/10/2004||V PK||Good||3450||P EDITION|
|25/10/2003||M V||Good||2040||COX PLTE|
|20/10/2001||V PK||Good||1600||PQA CLSSIC|
Video: Fields of Omagh — With Dr Andrew Clarke on SportsHub
Video: Fields of Omagh — Cox Plate 2006
Video: Fields of Omagh — Cox Plate 2003
Video: Fields of Omagh