Waiting tactics pay off with Ocean Park’s son

Ocean Park’s son The Lost Boys has been a lengthy work in progress and connections were well-rewarded for their patience when he won with a good degree of authority this afternoon at Otaki.

The Waikato Stud-bred was on debut for trainer and part-owner Allan Sharrock and the 4-year-old, who won his only trial more than 12 months ago.

The Lost Boys settled toward the tail of the field before apprentice Hazel Schofer urged him around runners with 600 metres to run and they came widest on the turn. The gelding produced a sustained finish to win comfortably by 1.5l.

“I bought him at the sales as he is a lovely type, but I just couldn’t get anyone interested him, even when he won his trial,” Sharrock said. We decided to put him away and try him once he had matured and he showed today what he could do.

“I think he will furnish into a lovely staying type as we know the Ocean Park’s get better with age. There is a race for him over 1400 metres coming up at Trentham so he will go there next if we haven’t sold him by then.”

He was sold through High Grange Thoroughbreds’ draft at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale with Sharrock having the final say at $22,000.

The Lost Boys is a son of the unraced Fast ‘N’ Famous mare Paris Carver, whose four foals to race have all been successful, and she is a half-sister to the winner and Group 1 performer Ambitious, dam of the G3 Gloaming Stakes winner and G1 Australian Guineas second Strike The Stars.

It is also the family of the G3 Premier’s Cup winner Another Dollar, also runner-up in the G1 Queensland Guineas, and the G2 Autumn Classic winner Adelaide Ace.

His sister Savy Yong Blonk added further stakes honours when she triumphed in the G3 City of Auckland Cup at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

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