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Hennessy-bred filly becomes Ocean Park's first winner
20 Feb 2017

Cox Plate winner Ocean Park has sired his first winner and appropriately it was bred by the stallion’s trainer and former co-owner Gary Hennessy.

Beerzatbernz, a daughter of the Hennessy-owned Flying Spur mare Flying Rosa, lined up in a 1050-metre two-year-old race at yesterday’s Morphettville meeting in Adelaide as second favourite after second placings in her two preparatory trials.

The Tony McEvoy-trained bay trailed on the fence and for a brief period in the home straight it appeared that she was going to be denied racing room. But after working across heels into the clear, she balanced up and put in long strides over the final stages to score by a long neck from another first starter, Per Incanto filly Uninhibited.

Between himself and Hong Kong-based Steve Yan and Andrew Wong who raced Ocean Park, they have sent a dozen mares to Ocean Park in each of the four years he has stood at Waikato Stud. Beerzatbernz, Ocean Park’s third raceday starter, was sold by Hennessy for A$40,000 at last year’s Melbourne Premier Sale.

“It’s very satisfying to be the breeder of OP’s first winner,” Hennessy said. “My wife Jenny and I went looking for mares that we thought would suit him when he went to stud and this filly is from one of them.

“After Tony had bought her he commented that he thought he got her for unders, but good luck to him. She’s a lovely big scopey filly, a real Oaks type, and looking at how she won yesterday I’d say she’s got a real future.”

It was fitting that Ocean Park's first winner came in a weekend that also features racing at Gisborne, where the son of Thorn Park began his own racing career. He dead-heated for first in a maiden three-year-old event there in November 2011.

He went on to win another seven races including the Gr. 1 Cox Plate, Caulfield Stakes, Underwood Stakes, New Zealand Stakes and Makfi Challenge Stakes and at the end of his landmark season he was awarded the Horse of the Year title. 

Hennessy reports that Ocean Emperor, the Zabeel entire owned in the same three-way partnership that raced Ocean Park, has come through his impressive recent fresh-up win in good order and is likely to line up at next Saturday’s Matamata meeting.

“There’s a 1400-metre race that will suit him on the home track and if I think it’s the right thing to do, we might then look at a race like the Easter.”

Dennis Ryan
The Informant