2015 Ocean ParkOn the first day of the Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne, a filly by five-time Group 1 winner OCEAN PARK was offered as lot 12. When she became available for purchase at just $40,000 (no GST), Nigel simply had to have her.
She was always on our shortlist of about 20 horses in the sale, selected on type and on the promise shown by her talented, well-bred sire. We never imagined we could secure her at such a low price.
By the end of OCEAN PARK’s racing career, his tactical speed, ability to relax mid-race and powerful finish enabled not only five Group 1 triumphs, but due respect as Australia’s Middle Distance Champion and New Zealand’s Horse of the Year.
In his five Group 1 wins alone, Ocean Park beat 32 individual Group 1 winners who have won an amazing 67 Group 1 races.
He was NZ’s leading first season sire at Karaka in 2016, and followed this up with an average of $122,708 at the NZB 2017 Premier Yearling Sale. His oldest progeny are now two-year-olds. Just three have raced (as at 20-Feb-2017) with one a first-start winner (Beerzatbernz).
The dam of this colt, L’ACCORD, was a winner in New Zealand and has already sired two winners from her first two foals to race
L’Accord is a half-sister to the Top 3yo filly in NZ in 1999-2000, AD ALTA. Earning that title with her victories in the Group 1 NZ One Thousand Guineas, and three Group 2 wins (Surround Stakes at Randwick, Great Northern Guineas, Avondale Guineas), Ad Alta won seven races between 1200m and 2000m.
There are three other good race fillies and mares on the pedigree page: POSING, ZANNA and NIGELISSIMA. All won their stakes races at distances of 1600m and further, giving us a good guide as to the optimal distance of this filly by Ocean Park. That prediction is further supported by her type – beautiful body and leg length, a long stride, sloping shoulder and fluent walk.
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