Kiwi trainer Johnny Field up to Tramonto challenge ahead of Goldmarket

Kiwi trainer Johnny Field once spent four years living in Ukraine so the prospect of getting the unheralded Tramonto to the rich Silver Eagle in Sydney isn’t one that daunts him too much.

Now based at the Gold Coast, Field trains a small team of horses and has his stable star dual nominated for both Friday’s Listed Goldmarket at his home track along with the Class 6 Handicap at Doomben on Saturday and is in two minds as to which path to take.

Field knows he needs to boost Tramonto’s rating if he is to entertain the idea of a trip south so he is happy to take on Group 1 winner Alligator Blood in the Goldmarket if need be.

“I would say I will accept at both and see what barrier draws I get,” Field said, also pointing to the weight advantage he would get in the Goldmarket with Alligator Blood skewering the weight spread.

“We had in mind to go to Sydney for the Silver Eagle so I thought we have to win at this level to warrant going down there so we have to test him.

“Personally I think he has improved three to five lengths since his first run at Doomben, his coat has improved a lot now.

“We will see if he is any good, when we bought him we knew there were apparent breathing issues but he has stood up to every challenge we have given him so far.”

Field had been somewhat of a racing journeyman before settling on the Gold Coast where he manages a team of four horses.

Former Aquis horse Tramonto before making the move to Johnny Field’s stables. Picture: Steve Holland.Source:News Corp Australia

Respected for his work around young colts, Field has worked for racing powerhouses Godolphin and Aquis before settling on his own venture.

Field took out his licence after he purchased Tramonto, a former Aquis galloper, which has gone on to win twice along with a second placing in the Group 2 Gold Coast Guineas and third in the Listed Queensland Day Stakes.

A $20,000 bargain online, Tramonto came with his fair share of problems but Field says they are yet to surface with him.

“I have pretty much been training since we bought him,” he said.

“I had a licence in New Zealand and I was pretty much an owner/trainer there, I just did my own horses but I pre-trained a few for other people.

“I ran a school over there teaching kids to work with thoroughbred racehorses with the view of going on to be trackwork riders or apprentices.

“I travelled overseas and sold my business, I ended up doing four years in Ukraine of all places, I wanted to live in a country that didn’t speak English for a new challenge.

“So I did that and when I came back I was interested in Aussie racing so I did three years at Godolphin before going to Aquis.”

Friday’s Goldmarket is set to be a hot contest with the likes of Racecourse Road, Desert Lord and Snitch also nominated while Saturday’s Class 6 has Weona Smartone returning.

Originally published asField up to Tramonto Goldmarket challenge

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