Ocean Park gelding Star of the Seas scores an easy win at Warwick Farm.
Ocean Park gelding Star of the Seas made light work of his opposition at Warwick Farm yesterday to win by two and a half lengths over 1200 metres.
The Chris Waller-trained three-quarter-brother to Group One performer Spieth secured his first victory in just his third start, having placed in his previous two outings.
It was another great result for breeders Trelawney Stud and farm principal Brent Taylor is excited with the potential of other progeny out of the farm’s quality mare Stella Livia.
“I was travelling, so I only heard it on the radio, but it was obviously pretty impressive,” Taylor said. “He was hot favourite and raced accordingly.
“She’s been a very productive mare for colts. She’s got a couple of nice young horses out there. Travancore, he’s a chance of winning in town again this weekend, while Kris Lees has a very nice Shamexpress colt (Lucky Mission) that we sold to Ron Wanless. He is shaping up really well and can’t be too far away from a run.”
Star of the Seas was initially entered for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2016 Select Yearling Sale by Trelawney Stud, but a pre-sale x-ray issue forced them to withdraw the colt along with another colt who would go on to win at Group Three level.
“We had two horses going through the sales that same year,” Taylor said. “We did our pre-sales x-rays and they both had cysts.
“Between the vets and ourselves we decided that the market wasn’t going to accept the x-ray issue. One was The Bostonian and the other one was this horse.
“He (Star of the Seas) went through a trial for ourselves and trialed up exceptionally well under the guidance of Te Awamutu trainer Clayton Chipperfield.
“We sold him on the back of that trial through Phill Cataldo, who bought him for Tony Muollo in Sydney.”
Meanwhile, Taylor holds great hopes for Star of the Seas’ sire Ocean Park, who was also bred at Trelawney.
“Ocean Park is on the cusp of having a very good year with his older horses as four-year-olds. There are a lot of very promising lightly-tried horses that look like they will get over a trip.
“The likes of Oceans Fourteen won well for us on Saturday and we think he’s a big chance.”
The New Zealand-bred theme continued on yesterday’s Warwick Farm programme when Follow Suit scored a narrow victory in the TAB Rewards Handicap (2200m).
The four-year-old was originally trained in New Zealand by Kevin Myers and has now recorded two wins and a placing since joining the Chris Waller stable.
The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained Curragh won the final race on the card, lumping topweight to victory over 1600 metres.
A five-year-old son of Tavistock and part-owned by the stallion’s former part-owner Tommy Heptinstall, Curragh crossed the Tasman when his trainers relocated to Cranbourne. He has now won five races and A$173,262 in stakes.