Ocean Park Gelding Fabrice Makes Winning Debut at Sandown

Mark Smith - Wednesday July 10

The 3-year-old Ocean Park gelding Fabrice earned his purchase price back when making a winning debut in the Sportsbet Fast Form Maiden Plate (1200m) at Sandown-Lakeside on Wednesday.

Fabrice makes winning debut (image Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

Ridden by John Allen for Ciaron Maher, Fabrice enjoyed a cosy run behind the leader Fall Of Rome. Finding a seam between runners at an opportune time at the 300m, Fabrice hit the line strongly to defeat the 4-year-old Deep Field gelding Met With Luck by a half-length with the 3-year-old Per Incanto gelding Vendemmia a length back in third.

Fabrice was a $30,000 buy for Ciaron Maher Racing/Kawa Park from the Waikato Stud draft at the 2022 NZB Karaka Yearling Sale.


Stable representative Jack Turnbull said the son of Ocean Park had been a slow developer.

"The more training he's had, the sharper and quicker he's got. He's a big raw gelding not knowing his trade," Turnbull said.

"He has trialled up well lately, and he keeps improving. He still has scope for improvement, so we won't jump him up in distance too soon." 

Fabrice a $30,000 Karaka yearling

Fabrice is the third foal and first winner for the winning O'Reilly mare Hokey Pokey whose granddam Ugachaka (Danasinga) won the Group II VRC Edward Manifold Stakes and Group II STC Queen of the Turf Stakes.

Waikato Stud sold Hokey Pokey's Super Seth weanling filly for $12,000 at the 2023 National Weanling & Broodmare Sale.


Race Result - Sportsbet Fast Form Mdn Plate 1200m

Sandown-Lakeside Track: Heavy(8) Time: 1:14.02
- 3g Ocean Park (NZ) x Hokey Pokey (NZ) (O'reilly (NZ))
Tnr: C Maher Rdr: John Allen 59.5
NZB Karaka Book 1 $30,000
Seller: Waikato Stud Ltd
Buyer: Ciaron Maher Racing/Kawa Park
Met With Luck
- 4g Deep Field (AUS) x Personable (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: Ben, Will & Jd Hayes Rdr: B Shinn 59.5
MM Gold Coast National Weanling Sale $120,000
Seller: Aquis Farm Operations, Murrurundi, NSW
Buyer: Simple Bloodstock Services
- 3g Per Incanto (USA) x Elusive Red (NZ) (Elusive City (USA))
Tnr: P G Moody & Katherine Coleman Rdr: Damian Lane 59.5
Inglis Ready2Race Sale $0
Seller: Glenn Haven Thoroughbreds, Clarendon
Buyer: Passed in - $ 300,000
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $220,000
Seller: Sledmere Stud, Scone
Buyer: RS Bloodstock / P Moroney / C Bruggeman
Suppose I Do
- 4g Supido (AUS) x Orutan (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
Tnr: John R Allen Rdr: Ben Allen 59.5
Aquilion Girl
- 5m Kuroshio (AUS) x Miracle To Me (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
Tnr: Craig Anderson Rdr: J Maskiell 57.5
Fall Of Rome
- 5g Warhorse (NZ) x Lady Churchill (AUS) (Churchill Downs (AUS))
Tnr: Lisa Jones Rdr: B Mc Dougall 59.5
Black Autumn
- 3g Fiorente (IRE) x Kirstenbosch (AUS) (Quest For Fame (GB))
Tnr: R E Laing Rdr: Patrick Moloney 59.5
- 3g Divine Prophet (AUS) x Society (AUS) (So You Think (NZ))
Tnr: Jack Laing Rdr: J Mott 59.5
Gerry's Gift
- 3g American Pharoah (USA) x Mahlani (NZ) (Swiss Ace (AUS))
Tnr: F Stockdale Rdr: K Jennings 59.5
Stardom Bound
- 3g Fiorente (IRE) x Purrium (AUS) (Purrealist (AUS))
Tnr: A W Noonan Rdr: Logan McNeil 59.5
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