Ocean Park goes into the annals of history as a worthy, hard-fought Cox Plate winner - How did he get there? Respected bloodstock agent Steve Brem enlightens us.
Steve Brem writes - Well, his sire Thorn Park was bought and raced by a murdered one-time warned off horse trainer and a man who is currently charged with an apparently unrelated murder.
Apparently no one wanted to stand Thorn Park in Australia.
Ocean Park's dam Sayyida looked headed for good things but she went wrong after just two small wins. Just like Regard, dam of the Jewels, Atlantic and Commanding.
Sayyida's sire Zabeel was offered all over Australia but no one either wanted him or could afford him, so the only cashed-up Kiwi at the time spoke up.
Ocean Park's (pictured Steve Hart) grand-dam won a stakes race at Moonee Valley but was disqualified.
Her sire Pompeii Court cost US$6,000 as a broken-winded two-year-old, was the ugliest thing on four legs and was syndicated for stud amongst a group of hobby breeders. He was Champion Sire of 2YOs with his first crop. No one had ever heard of his sire Tell, before or since.
Ocean Park's third dam Benazir had a crooked leg on every corner, had four strip ops and was never offered for sale. She later became half-sister to one of only two Golden Slipper winners ever bred in NZ who came into being because her dam Hunza was refused service by the 'hottest' sire of the day and I made the call to use the aforementioned $6,000 stallion over her instead. Genius mating!
Incidentally, the building blocks of Ocean Park's pedigree and Silent Achiever's, who won the race prior, are virtually the same.
Click here to see their pedigrees courtesy Arion – Ocean Park and Silent Achiever.
The next chapter in this story rests with this colt (now a yearling) by Pins, who was pictured in his paddock last year at Trelawney Stud during the Australian trainers tour of New Zealand.
He will be offered by Trelawney Stud at the 2013 NZB Premier Yearling Sale.