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.
Three Year old Ocean Park gelding "Ocean Beyond" proved too strong for his rivals on debut at Geelong.
Ridden by Harry Coffey, he sat just outside the leader in a rhythm.
When Harry asked him to quicken at the top of the straight, he put a quick gap on them, going on to win by comfortable length and a quarter.
Congratulations to Billy, Rick & The Warriors Racing Crew. There will be plenty of exciting days at the races ahead for you all.
Last years Ready 2 Race Sales have been quite fruitful for the stables thus far.
We made three purchases across the three sales last year with two already at the races and winning.
Barcelona Rock was purchased from the Sydney Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale in October.
He was purchased for $38,000.
After sustaining a fractured pedal bone last preparation, Rocco had to have a 3 month spell with a special shoe to assist with the healing process.
Whilst this was an unfortunate set back at the time, it has worked to our advantage. He has matured a lot more physically and matured.
With Master Bartholdin setting a strong tempo, jockey Declan Bates was able to get an easy run just behind behind him. Rounding the home turn, he edged off the rails to lay down his challenge.
He had to dig deep with Perfect Zed coming at him over the concluding stages. But he was able to put his nose down at the right time to get the win on the line.
With covid-19 restrictions starting to ease, it was great to see some of his owners enjoying the win on the balcony.
Congratulations to his owners Luke, Chappy, Josh, Heather, Neil, Cayle, Graeme, Mary, Nick Irene, David and the following syndicates Eno's Racing, Hard Men, Can't Make Training, Landslide Inc, Booligans and Starsearch.
Thank you also to Bellarine Peninsula Thoroughbred Agisment Park for taking great care of Rocco and completing his rehabilitation.
Three year old filly Capriccio, proved too good for her rivals at Ballarat on Sunday. The I Am Invincible filly was able to get her Maiden victory out of the way at just her second start in the Suez 3YO Maiden Plate over 1200m.
She has always shown good ability at home and to see her translate this to the track is a relief and also exciting.
No doubt there will be bigger and better races in store for Capriccio which could include one of the following options the Group 3 Maroona Stakes on Caulfield Guineas Day (October 10th) or the Listed Crockett Stakes at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day the following week.
Congratulations to her owners. We have no doubt there will be a lot of fun had with this filly in the upcoming months and years ahead.
Justaroundmidnight (Jacko) ran them ragged to win the Heywood Cup at Casterton on Sunday.
In what was a daring front running ride by Declan Bates, he allowed him to cruise to the lead from the wide barrier. Having ridden Jacko in plenty of his track gallops, Declan knew that he had to allow him to stride along on his own terms if he was going to get the best out of him. And stride along he did.
He was starting to feel the pinch the last 200m, but his margin was too superior winning by an impressive 7 lengths.
Congratulations to his owners. We look forward to his staying campaign.