Cracking season for Ocean Park

Ocean Park (Photo credit: Sharon Chapman).

Ocean Park has had a memorable season and hit a major milestone during 2018-19 by siring his 100th winner and his record stacks up impressively against two influential stallions.

He has produced 78 individual winners this term and more winners from fewer runners than his associate sire Savabeel and double the number of winners of Zabeel at the same stage of their careers.

Kolding’s dominant victory in the Gr.2 Queensland Guineas at Eagle farm provided Ocean Park with his 13th stakes performer and followed a succession of Group One performers including Arrogant (2nd Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas, Gr.2 Waikato Guineas, 4th Gr.1 New Zealand Derby), Another Dollar (2nd Gr.1 Queensland Oaks), Mongolianconqueror (2nd Gr.1 NZ Derby) and Rondinella (3rd Gr.1 Tancred Stakes, Gr.1 New Zealand Stakes, 4th Gr.1 Sydney Cup, 2nd LR Kaimai Stakes).

“Ocean Park is doing everything right. It was great to see him recently hit an exciting milestone in his career – 100 individual winners,” Mark Chittick said.

“His strike rate is excellent and he’s throwing some top-quality stakes horses.”

Ocean Park’s run of Group One placings is complemented by quality black-type performers in Ocean Jewel (1st WATC LR Placid Ark Stakes), Seaway, Tofane, Pretty to Sea, Ocean’s Fourteen, Dancer’s Kin, Our Hail Mary, and Miss Valencia.

They have all contributed to his excellent strike-rate of over 58 per cent winners to runners in five countries and 62 per cent in Australia.

Ocean Park enjoyed a decorated racing career with five Group One successes earning him New Zealand Horse of the Year, Champion Middle Distance Horse of New Zealand and Champion Middle Distance Horse of Australia honours in the 2012-2013 season.

By champion sire Thorn Park, continues to produce striking yearlings that have sold up to $220,000 and his progeny averaged $90,000 at Karaka Book 1 in 2019.

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