Pedigree Pointers with Gareth Downey – Ocean Park’s Roll Continues

Gareth Downey

Dancer’s Kin became the 6th individual black type horse for Ocean Park when he scored a placing in the Queen Adelaide Stakes at Morphettville last weekend.  In doing so, he continued his very consistent career record – with him having never finished out of the placings in his five starts.  He also became the latest progeny of Ocean Park to join the $100K earnings list in Australia.

Ocean Park also had two other winners for the week.  Georgica scored the 3rd win of his 8 start career when winning at Hawkesbury yesterday, while earlier in the week Marina took his record to 2 wins and 2 placings from his 10 starts to date.

It is, of course, natural for us to compare a stallion of Ocean Park’s profile to how Savabeel was performing at the same stage.  This comparison looks very favourable for Ocean Park.  From less runners, Ocean Park has now left more winners.  The Ocean Park progeny have actually won 33% more races despite collectively having had 27% less starts.  Both Ocean Park and Savabeel have now left the same number of black type horses at the same stage, and the Ocean Park progeny are actually 63% ahead based on total earnings.  So, you can see why we are so pleased with the way the Ocean Park progeny are performing, and it is also easy to see why the trainers with his progeny are offering the positive feedback that we keep hearing.

Savabeel has also become renowned for his versatility, and Ocean Park is establishing the same kind of profile.  His winners have now won over distances ranging from 1000m to 2100m, his black-type horses are evenly split between his colts and fillies, and he has had five 2yo winners to go with his 30 individual 3yo winners.

In terms of the key pedigree patterns carried in the three horses referred to in this article, they are as follow:

Dancer’s Kin – Halo – Only nine of the runners by Ocean Park have been from mares carrying Halo, but they include two of his black-type horses; being Dancer’s Kin and Ocean’s Fourteen

Georgica – Nijinsky – Ocean Park has now had 9 winners from mares carrying Nijinsky, and the runners bred on this pattern are winning at a very good average rate of a win for every 5.5 starts.  Apart from Georgica, the other winners include Moana Jewel, Rondinella, Miss Valencia etc

Marina – Vain – 10 of the winners by Ocean Park have been from mares carrying Vain.  Apart from Marina, the other horses bred this way have included the black type horses Pretty To Sea and Another Dollar; as well as high-quality winners such as Seaway

If you would like to ride the Ocean Park wave, please get in touch via either gareth@waikatostud.co.nz or +64 21 433 073 to discuss mating plans heading into next season.

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