Oceanex Earns a Golden Ticket to the Melbourne Cup

Mark Smith - Saturday May 16

Oceanex’s wonderful season rolls on with the daughter of Ocean Park earning a golden ticket to the Melbourne Cup after turning over the favourite King Of Leogrance in Saturday’s  Listed Andrew Ramsden stakes (2800m) at Flemington.

Oceanex books her ticket to the Melbourne Cup - image Brett Holburt/ Racing Photos

Coming off a win in the Listed Port Adelaide Cup at Morphettville, the Mike Price and Michael Kent Jnr-trained mare travelled sweetly third on the fence from an inside barrier but Mark Zahra had to bide his time as Damien Oliver made first run on the favourite.

When the gap appeared, Oceanex rounded in King Of Leogrance (Camelot) in the space of a few strides to win by three-quarters of a length with Super Girl (So You Think) a length and a quarter back in third.

The winner of the $300,000 Group II Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup carnival, Oceanex advances her record to 6 wins, 4 seconds and 3 thirds from 18 starts with earnings of $676,970.

“(Tom) Marquand got on her in Sydney and said ‘you want to try this over a mile-and-a-half,” Price told racing.com.

“So her first run over 2500 metres in Adelaide was strong and today was fantastic.

 “I know she drew barrier one and got the gun ride with a good  pair of hands from  Zahra, but still, she beat the right horse in the race and she won convincingly going away.”

Purchased by Mick Price Racing for $70,000 out of the Milan Park draft at the 2017 NZB 2017 Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka, Oceanex advances her record to 5 wins, 4 seconds and 3 thirds from 17 starts with earnings of $483,770.

She is one of eight winners from as many to race out of the stakes-placed Danasinga mare Danex, which include the Group III BRC Rough Habit Plate winner Amexed (Pentire) and the stakes-placegetters Marcellina (Savabeel) and Digital Fortress (Savabeel) as well as the 5-time winner Danahere (Dehere) the dam of stakes-winner Saint Patricks Day (Excelebration).

The 18yo Danex has a 2yo filly by Per Incanto (USA), a weanling colt by Pierro and was covered by Coolmore’s undefeated Triple Crown hero Justify last spring. 

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Race Result - The Andrew Ramsden LR 2800m

Flemington Track: Good(4) Time: 2:54.82
1
Oceanex
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: M Zahra 56
4m Ocean Park (NZ) x Danex (NZ) (Danasinga (AUS))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $70,000
V:Milan Park
B: Mick Price Racing
2
0.8
King Of Leogrance
T: D T O'Brien J: D Oliver 58.5
5g Camelot (GB) x Amourette (FR) (Halling (USA))
3
2.1
Super Girl
T: Joshua Julius J: W Egan 56.5
5m So You Think (NZ) x Hailbella (AUS) (Giant's Causeway (USA))
4
2.2
Skelm
T: T D Kelly J: B Melham 58.5
5g Animal Kingdom (USA) x Lajoie (AUS) (Spinning World (USA))
5
2.4
Dark Alley
T: P A Preusker J: Craig Williams 58
4g Lucas Cranach (GER) x Bleverdeen (AUS) (Blevic (AUS))
6
5.4
Norway
T: C J Waller J: D Dunn 58
4h Galileo (IRE) x Love Me True (USA) (Kingmambo (USA))
7
5.6
Surrey Thunder
T: C J Waller J: L Nolen 58
4g Le Havre (IRE) x Zakania (IRE) (Indian Ridge (IRE))
8
15.6
Jack Regan
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: Thomas Stockdale 58.5
5g Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) x Chelsey Jayne (IRE) (Galileo (IRE))
9
18.8
Runaway
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: B Rawiller 58.5
5r Manhattan Rain (AUS) x Catshaan (AUS) (Catrail (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre, Vic
B: Gai Waterhouse Racing / J Blaxland
10
23.8
Too Close The Sun
T: L Smith J: Declan Bates 58
4g Carlton House (USA) x Old Money (AUS) (Old Spice (AUS))
11
58.8
Sopressa
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Jye McNeil 56.5
5m So You Think (NZ) x Hidden Strings (AUS) (Weasel Clause (AUS))
Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale $70,000
V:Bucklee Farm, Greta West
B: Dowling Park
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