Deep Field 5YO Rustic Steel Wins $2million Big Dance

Tara Madgwick - Tuesday November 1

The inaugural $2million ATC The Big Dance (1600m) has been another great initiative by Racing NSW and drew a big field of 20 at Randwick on Tuesday with Deep Field gelding Rustic Steel claiming the prize with a tenacious performance.

Rustic Steel wins the inaugural $2million Big Dance - image Steve Hart

Spelled after winning the Listed Scone Cup and $500,000 The Coast at Gosford last preparation, the Kris Lees trained Rustic Steel has been gradually working back to form.

He was strong to the line for Nash Rawiller under his 59.5 kg, holding off Cisco Bay to win by a neck taking his overall record to eight wins from 17 starts with prizemoney topping $1.7million.


"He really is a good horse. He qualified through the Scone Cup. That was on a six day turnaround off The Coast, so we put him away with this race in mind,” said Kris Lees.

“He got a lovely ride from Nash. He had plenty of horse underneath him. He got him into clear air straightening up. I knew he'd be strong, but was little concerned that last 100m, but he had enough in the tank."

Nash Rawiller was thrilled to get the win.

"It was a high pressure race. They all wanted to be there. He got into rhythm mid-race and I was happy where we were,” he said.

“He let go with a great turn of foot at the start of the straight. I was vulnerable late, that last 100m felt like 400m but felt credit to all involved with him. He was able to go right to the line.

"I couldn't win an Everest or a Golden Eagle, but pretty happy with a Big Dance."

Rustic Steel was a $500,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Newgate draft.

A $500,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Newgate Farm draft for Tasman Bloodstock, Rustic Steel runs for Ron and Judy Wanless.

Foaled and raised at Newgate, Rustic Steel is the best of three winners from Ten Carat Rock, an unraced sibling to Group I winners Redoute’s Choice, Manhattan Rain and Platinum Scissors.

Ten Carat Rock has had a few ownership changes, most recently when bought by Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock for $400,000 from Newgate at the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.


Race Result - Little Dance 1600m

Randwick Track: Good(3) Time: 1:34.36
Dream Runner
- 6g Wilful Default (AUS) x Sweet Submission (AUS) (Mr. Henrysee (USA))
Tnr: K R Dryden Rdr: Tyler Schiller 53
Solar Apex
- 5g Deep Impact (JPN) x Aspen Summit (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: W Pike 54
- 6g All Too Hard (AUS) x Quintessential (NZ) (Fast 'n' Famous (AUS))
Tnr: G Ryan & S Alexiou Rdr: J Parr 59
Inglis August (Late) Online Sale $800
Seller: Lindsay Park Racing (as agent)
Buyer: R Monaghan
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $25,000
Seller: Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW
Buyer: Lindsay Park Racing / Elite Bloodstock
Point Counterpoint
- 5g Bull Point (AUS) x Parnissius (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
Tnr: Stirling Osland Rdr: Reece Jones 52
Two Big Fari
- 7g Walking Or Dancing (NZ) x Miss Spoken (AUS) (Stratum (AUS))
Tnr: T S Howlett Rdr: Ms K O'Hara 52
- 5m All Too Hard (AUS) x Dayita (AUS) (Show A Heart (AUS))
Tnr: Bjorn Baker Rdr: Dylan Gibbons 53
Outback Gladiator
- 7g Outback Prince (AUS) x Love Of Power (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
Tnr: Chris Munce Rdr: A B Collett 52
Upper House
- 8g Zariz (AUS) x Bureaucratese (AUS) (Bureaucracy (NZ))
Tnr: N F Gardner Rdr: Ms J Taylor 52
Olympic Theatre
- 5g Mayson (GB) x Madame Vestris (IRE) (Galileo (IRE))
Tnr: Richard & Will Freedman Rdr: A Adkins 52
- 5g Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Two Beauties (AUS) (Red Ransom (USA))
Tnr: Troy O'Neile Rdr: S Lisnyy 52
Invincible Dash
- 6g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Global Dream (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: N J Olive Rdr: J Ford 54
- 5g Per Incanto (USA) x Saint Martins (NZ) (Darci Brahma (NZ))
Tnr: James Ponsonby Rdr: C Schofield 54
Not Negotiating
- 7m Onemorenomore (AUS) x Empress Regnant (AUS) (Antonius Pius (USA))
Tnr: Peter W Stanley Rdr: Ms A Stanley 52
Dr Drill
- 8g Dansili (GB) x Pongee (GB) (Barathea (IRE))
Tnr: C Maher & D Eustace Rdr: B Avdulla 62
- 6g Pendragon (NZ) x Hayaat (AUS) (Montjeu (IRE))
Tnr: K J Parker Rdr: Tom Sherry 54
Five Kingdom
- 8g Uncle Mo (USA) x Radiata Belle (AUS) (Sri Pekan (USA))
Tnr: Matthew Dale Rdr: J Penza 55
The Ritz
- 5g Mossman (AUS) x All Trumped Up (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Tnr: Michael Morrison Rdr: Regan Bayliss 54
She's All In
- 7m Casino Prince (AUS) x Exceed Us (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: B Joseph & P & M Jones Rdr: Ellen Hennessy 52
- 5g Shamus Award (AUS) x Flirtatious Dream (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Tnr: Bjorn Baker Rdr: Zac Lloyd 52
- 6g Monashee Mountain (USA) x Zoleen (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Tnr: D Chujo Rdr: Noriyuki Masuda 52
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