Ocean Beyond secured the $140,000 Listed McKenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Not usually one to throw our horses in the deep end after a Maiden victory, it proved to be a smart move with the 3yo Ocean Park gelding defeating his rivals.
Ridden by Harry Coffey, it was his first ride back in the city since the pandemic circumstances enforced him to have a stint on the sidelines. The break from racing hasn't deterred Harry's ambition to get back to the highest level. He rolled across from the outside barrier to sit alongside race favourite Deep Speed. Together they raced neck and neck, before Ocean Beyond was able to kick away and win.
"It's great to see Harry get this opportunity from the owners. I first met Harry when I met my wife Denita at Wycheproof nine years ago, so it's good for him to ride a listed winner for us"
Ocean Beyond was purchased through Waikato Stud after he was passed in from the NZ Ready to Run sales last year.
Ocean Beyond has now headed to the paddock for a freshen up. Hopefully he can come back stronger and tackle some of the richer races in the Autumn.
In very warm conditions, Early Plea headed to Swan Hill to take on the 975m "Lickety Split".
After beginning awkwardly, he soon mustered speed to lead the mad dash. At the top of the straight, Dean Holland urged him along and it was all over from there, going on to win by just over a length.
It brought up Early Pleas second win from four starts. Both of his wins have been at Swan Hill over the 975m journey.
He has now been turned out for a spell and will be back in the New Year.
It was emotional scenes at Terang when Olympic Spirit saluted in the Highweight Maiden Plate over 1850m.
When Olympic Spirit arrived at our stable at the beginning of the year stable employee Nicole immediately fell in love with his unique character. Since then she has doted on him and she couldn't contain her tears as she watched his win.
At his seventh career start, Olympic Spirit was finally able to put it all together to win by 1.5 lengths under the guidance of Lee Horner.
Congratulations to his owners who have been patient in giving him time to mature.