Pedigree Picks with Mike Rennie

Mike Rennie

Momentum continues to build for champion racehorse and now successful sire Ocean Park.

Looking at this year’s results, he sired 16 individual winners in January including four Australian metropolitan winners. February showed real talent with Rondinella getting her first taste of blacktype in the Listed Kaimai Stakes, while Arrogant was humbly working his way through the 3YO ranks running a short neck 2nd in the Group 2 Waikato Guineas.

Arrogant proceeded into March running the highly touted The Autumn Sun to a head 2nd in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas, turning in a 120 timeform rating, making him the 3rd ranked 3YO colt in Australia.

Meanwhile, Rondinella expectingly took the next step; running 3rd in the Group 1 Bonecrusher Stakes and then 3rd again in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes in Sydney (on yet another unsuitable wet track!).

April at a glance read 14 individual winners and two Stakes horses for Ocean Park; Miss Valencia and Our Hail Mary. Naturally, the momentum continues into May already siring four individual winners including the Group placed Tofane and the impressive Canterbury winner over 1250m Kolding (who ran the last 200m in 10.97!). Kolding now heads to the Queensland Guineas for Chris Waller.

I do feel compelled to also mentioned Fabric, she has been imprisoned in her last two starts with no possibility of daylight, barely raising a gallop; most certainly one to watch in Melbourne.

The pedigree nicks at a glance:

  • Rondinella and Our Hail Mary are both from Red Ransom line mares.
  • Arrogant is out of an O’Reilly mare, giving us the Last Tycoon presence but more interestingly the double up of O’Reilly’s tail-line via the ¾ sisters Courtza and Eastern Princess.
  • Last Tycoon also shows as the grand-dam sire of both Rondinella and Fabric.
  • Kolding and Miss Valencia are from Danehill line mares and he is also the grand-dam sire of Tofane.
  • Kolding interestingly also has two lines back to Star Kingdom, a presence made noteworthy by the five-time Group One winner Jimmy Choux (Thorn Park). Furthermore, the Ocean Park Group placed Seaway also has a presence of Star Kingdom via his grand-dam.

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