Cox Plate winner State Of Rest return to Group 1 success in France

Newgate Farm’s Henry Field outlines plans for State Of Rest and Artorius to return from Royal Ascot with spring carnival ambitions in Sydney and Melbourne.

Henry Field’s famous Newgate racing colours, red with yellow stars and split sleeves, will become familiar to English racing fans when presented by State Of Rest and Artorius at Royal Ascot next month.

State Of Rest, winner of the Cox Plate last spring, is aiming for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2000m) and Artorius is entered for the Platinum Jubilee Stakes.

But Newgate Farm supremo Field also has long-term Spring Carnival ambitions for both horses with State Of Rest likely to return and defend their Cox Plate title and Artorius aiming for the rich double The TAB Everest- Golden Eagle.

Newgate bought State Of Rest after winning the Cox Plate last spring and the Irish superstar had his first race for his new owners when he took a maiden Group 1 Prix Ganay win at Longchamp on Sunday.

“It’s a great result for the team,” Field said.

“I have to thank Nick Williams as he was instrumental in securing the deal to buy State Of Rest.

“So for State Of Rest to win a first Group 1 in France is a big thrill for us. I know (trainer) Joseph O’Brien is very optimistic about the horse this year and said he will would improve a lot on this race.

“State Of Rest will then go to the Tattersall’s Gold Cup in Ireland and then probably the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.”

Artorius, trained by Anthony and Sam Freedman, will race at Royal Ascot and then the July Cup at Newmarket before returning home for the $15m The TAB Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick and $8m Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens through October.

“I think Artorius is the perfect horse for a race like Golden Eagle and we hope to get him on Everest as well,” Field said.

“We also have In The Congo for The Everest. It spells now but will return in the spring to switch from The Shorts to The Everest.

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