Hennessey has faith in Ocean Emperor

Gary Hennessy is pleased with the progress of talented galloper Ocean Emperor and is looking forward to stepping him out as the weather improves.

“He’s just come back to the track this week, but he’s done a fair bit of work on the treadmill,” Hennessey said.

“We’re looking at getting him back on better ground and we’ll go ahead from there.

“He’s in that rating 75 band now and if he can pull off one of those it might give us some impetus to target something better.”

A $450,000 yearling purchase, Ocean Emperor, a son of Zabeel, is the winner of two of his six starts to date.

“He’s got a lot of raw talent but he’s also been a bit over-exuberant in his work,” Hennessey said.

“We gave him two or three runs during the winter to further educate him and he performed despite not really handling the wet ground. He’s just got so much ability.

“We’ve got a lot of faith in the horse and we’re looking to get some black print and build some residual value with him.”

Hennessey shares in the ownership of Ocean Emperor along with Andrew Wong and Stephen Yan, the trio that raced five-time Group One winner Ocean Park.

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