Another Ocean Park Star on the Rise

Media Release - Saturday June 6

The Group I Epsom Handicap (1600m) and the A$7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) figure among the spring options for Opacity, a three-year-old son of Ocean Park who has continued building on a promising start to his racing career with another Randwick win.

Opacity wins at Randwick - image Steve Hart

The John O'Shea-trained gelding got to the right part of the track out wide in Saturday's TAB Handicap (1600m) and burst through between runners under Hugh Bowman to register his fifth win from seven starts in narrow but impressive fashion.

It was a second straight Randwick win for the three-year-old gelding who was initially to be aimed at the Queensland Guineas before that race was scrapped this year in a revised Brisbane carnival because of the coronavirus.

"He had been set for the Queensland Guineas (Gr.2, 1600m) from the day he went to the paddock after he won at Canterbury over the 1900m (in February)," O'Shea said.

"Today was meant to be that day, it's just not to be. But all the same he's had a good seasoning campaign. He continues to put ones next to his name and I think Hugh thinks quite highly of him. He's won on him his last two goes.

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"So when he gets down in the weights, and if he got into something like an Epsom on 50kg or 51kg I think he'd have plenty to offer."

O'Shea indicated the lucrative Golden Eagle for four-year-olds is a good option to have in the spring, and Opacity could continue his current campaign next week in a bid to bolster his prospects for later in the year.

"We've actually got him in next Saturday just for the opportunity to try and get his rating up a little bit more," O'Shea said.

The path plotted by the Randwick horseman mirrors that of last year’s Epsom and Golden Eagle winner Kolding, also a son of Waikato Stud stallion Ocean Park.

Opacity, the $4.20 favourite, carried 59kg to a half-neck victory over Word For Word with Orcein 1-1/2 lengths away third, giving Bowman a winning double having also won on Lando Bay.

The talented chestnut sports the colours of Champion Thoroughbreds, with principal Jason Abrahams having purchased Opacity in conjunction with O’Shea for $70,000 from the Landsdowne Park draft during Book 1 at the Karaka Yearling Sales in 2018.

“He really is an interesting horse as he has a great nature and is trouble free,” Abrahams said of the gelding who has now taken his record to five wins and a second placing from seven starts.

“He wouldn’t know what a vet looks like as he is just so, touch wood, sound.”

Opacity was not the only son of Ocean Park to represent O’Shea and Abrahams on Saturday, with five-year-old Southern Lad finishing a game runner-up to Classique Legend in the Listed Bob Charley AO Stakes (1100m).

Ocean Park

Abrahams is a fan of the New Zealand-bred product having sourced horses from the annual Karaka sales over a number of years including the multiple stakes winner Kuro who was also Group One placed in the 2015 Gr.1 The Galaxy (1100m).

“A lot of the owners in Opacity are kiwis and we love coming over to New Zealand at sales time,” he said.

“We are competitive in the market there and we picked this guy up for NZ$70,000 which made him a straight forward horse to buy as he stood out physically and it wasn’t hard to get a group together to buy into him at that price.

“Each year when you look at the results around Australia you see so many Kiwi-breds figuring heavily.

“The New Zealand farms bring their best horses to the sales so you are spoiled for choice.

“We bring a group over every year and the hospitality is amazing so when you get people in that environment, it is a pleasure to look at the horses and to work from there.” – AAP & NZ Racing Desk

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Race Result - Tab (Bm78) 1600m

Randwick Track: Soft(7) Time: 1:40.02
1
Opacity
T: J A O'Shea J: J Bowman 59
3g Ocean Park (NZ) x Twilight Granita (NZ) (Iffraaj (GB))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $70,000
V:Landsdowne Park Ltd
B: Champion Thoroughbreds / John O'Shea Racing / Mr Harry Chittick
2
0.2
Word For Word
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 55.5
4m So You Think (NZ) x Wordplay (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Widden Stud, Widden Valley
B: Michael Otto Bloodstock (BAFNZ)
3
1.7
Orcein
T: C J Waller J: B Avdulla 55.5
4g Snitzel (AUS) x Zapurple (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $360,000
V:Bhima Thoroughbreds Scone NSW
B: Harras Syndicate/Mulcaster Bloodstock
4
3.7
Greek Hero
T: R & M Freedman J: K Mc Evoy 56.5
4g Champs Elysees (GB) x Za Za Zoom (IRE) (Le Vie Dei Colori (GB))
5
4.5
Picaro
T: G Portelli J: Tim Clark 56.5
4g Pierro (AUS) x Sookie (AUS) (Casino Prince (AUS))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Hallmark Stud
B: Laurel Oak Bloodstock
6
5.0
Come Along
T: J G Sargent J: A Hyeronimus 57.5
4g Power (GB) x Game Duchess (AUS) (Montjeu (IRE))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $230,000
V:Cambridge Stud
B: DGR Thoroughbred Services
7
9.3
Zaunkonig
T: R & M Freedman J: Jean Van Overmeire 56.5
7g Northern Meteor (AUS) x Zaiyda (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
8
9.4
Dylan's Romance
T: M C Conners J: R Dolan 59
7g Dylan Thomas (IRE) x Racing Romance (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
9
9.7
Itz Lily
T: K A Lees J: Rachel King 57
4m Snitzel (AUS) x Empress Lily (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Australian Bloodstock
10
12.7
Regal Stage
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Ms L Day 53.5
5g Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Estelle Collection (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $1,800,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerry's Plains
B: Gai Waterhouse Racing / J Blaxland / Nordic Racing & Breeding
11
12.8
Pursuit Of Honour
T: G K White J: A Adkins 58.5
7g Street Cry (IRE) x Light Chance (AUS) (Carnegie (IRE))
12
13.8
Pelethronius
T: David Pfieffer J: Chris C Williams 57
7g Artie Schiller (USA) x Enrich (USA) (Dynaformer (USA))
13
15.0
Guise
T: C J Waller J: Tommy Berry 58.5
4m So You Think (NZ) x Maie Casey (GB) (Singspiel (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale Session 2 $160,000
V:Lime Country Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Burradoo
B: Michael Otto Bloodstock
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