Ocean Park Sprinter delivers black-type breakthrough for Bobbin

Media Release - Saturday May 21

Stawell trainer Andrew Bobbin had a day to remember at Flemington on Saturday, celebrating his first stakes win in the Listed Hilton Nicholas Straight Six (1200m) with highly talented New Zealand-bred Ocean Beyond.

Linda Meech guides Ocean Beyond to victory in the Listed Hilton Nicholas Straight Six (1200m) at Flemington Photo Credit: Quentin Lang

Previously a three-time winner and Listed performer from the Warrnambool stable of Daniel Bowman, the four-year-old was transferred to Bobbin earlier this year and had made one previous appearance for his new stable – finishing second at Caulfield on May 7.

Ocean Beyond took a big step forward from that with an irresistible finish at Flemington on Saturday. After settling in fifth-last, he was briefly held up in a tightly bunched pack with less than 200 metres to run but angled to the outside and flashed home over the top of Crestani to score by a long neck.


“This (winning stakes races) is what I always wanted to do,” said Bobbin, who has trained 39 winners in a career that commenced in late 2020. “To win one here is certainly a highlight.

“This horse showed plenty of promise early, and he’s just thriving in the country environment since he came to our place. He looks like a mountain goat, he’s that woolly and rough-looking, but he lives outside in a yard and clearly it’s working.”

Jockey Linda Meech was delighted to play her part in handing Bobbin his first black-type success.

“It’s a great feeling,” she said. “He’s young, he’s on the way up, he’s so positive. He’s a joy and a pleasure to ride for. I’ve been to his farm a couple of times, the way he’s turned it around in the last 12 months is unreal. It’s got to be seen to be believed what he’s doing.

“I was just looking for a way to get out without causing any interference, and I had a lapful of horse – I was travelling the best of anyone at the 200 metres.”

Bred by Waikato Stud, Ocean Beyond is one of 17 individual black-type winners for quality sire Ocean Park and is out of the Pins mare Frankly – a four-race winner from the family of Red Delicious, who is the dam of multiple Group One winner Madison County and last week’s Gr.1 South Australian Derby (2500m) placegetter Detonator Jack.

Offered by Ohukia Lodge at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, Ocean Beyond failed to meet his reserve and was later bought by Bowman for $60,000. He has now had 13 starts for four wins, two placings and A$339,225 in stakes.

During his time in Bowman’s care, Ocean Beyond was a black-type winner as a three-year-old in the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in November of 2020. He also ran third in last year’s Listed Village Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield behind Lombardo, who went on to win Saturday’s Gr.1 Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville. – NZ Racing Desk


Race Result - Hilton Nicholas Straight Six LR 1200m

Flemington Track: Good(3) Time: 1:09.64
Ocean Beyond
T: Andrew Bobbin J: Ms L J Meech 54
4g Ocean Park (NZ) x Frankly (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
T: P G Carey J: Beau Mertens 54
4g Nicconi (AUS) x Cresta Condor (AUS) (Stratum (AUS))
On The Lead
T: Richard & Will Freedman J: B Prebble 54
4g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Marechal (NZ) (General Nediym (AUS))
I Am Invincible
MM National Weanling Sale $400,000
V:Aquis Farm Murrurundi NSW
B: Go Bloodstock Australia/Paul Moroney Bstock
Sirius Suspect
T: Saab Hasan J: L Nolen 56
7g Wanted (AUS) x Sirius Miss (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
Bam's On Fire
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: H Coffey 54
6m Universal Ruler (AUS) x Im Your Fire (NZ) (Holy Roman Emperor (IRE))
Hi Stranger
T: S Fliedner J: Damien Thornton 59
5g Zoffany (IRE) x Luxury Suite (AUS) (Viscount (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Riverina Downs Tarcutta NSW
B: Fliedners Racing
Florescent Star
T: Amy & Ash Yargi J: C Newitt 54
4m Zoustar (AUS) x Floral Scent (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $80,000
V:Raheen Stud Darling Downs Qld
B: Dream T'Breds/Bluegrass B/S/Anthony Freedman
T: D T O'Brien J: Jye McNeil 54
4g Time For War (AUS) x Zedoble (AUS) (Zeditave (AUS))
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Teodore Nugent 54.5
5m Foxwedge (AUS) x Adio (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
MM National Broodmare Sale $0
V:Newgate Consignment, Aberdeen, NSW (As Agent)
T: Ms L Tolson & Ms L Proctor J: Matthew Cartwright 54
4g Night Of Thunder (IRE) x Tramell (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Inglis 2020 JULY (Late) Online Sale $600
V:Ciaron Maher Racing
T: L & T Corstens J: Ethan Brown 55
4g Zoustar (AUS) x Vanilla Ice Cream (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $280,000
V:Westbury Stud Ltd Karaka NZ
B: Flemington Bloodstock/Malua Racing
Front Page
T: G M Duryea J: Lewis German 55.5
5g Magnus (AUS) x Stacey Lee (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
Milton Park
T: J F Moloney J: Jarrod Fry 57.5
4g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Gawne (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
T: G Eurell J: Josh Richards 60
7g Dash For Cash (AUS) x Ellexcell (AUS) (Octagonal (NZ))
Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale $5,000
V:L. Oldcastle, Yuroke
B: W Elder
T: G M Begg J: Jordan Childs 57.5
8g Redwood (GB) x Romantically (AUS) (Foreplay (AUS))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: DM Logan Racing Stables
T: P Stokes J: J Mott 58
5g Charm Spirit (IRE) x Bryony (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $140,000
V:Kitchwin Hills Scone NSW
B: Phillip Stokes Racing Pty Ltd
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