Promising New Zealand galloper Ocean Park will make his second trip to Australia this spring and has been entered in some of the country’s biggest races.
The four-year-old had two starts on Australian soil in the autumn before injury cut short his campaign and trainer Gary Hennessy confirmed both the 2012 Cox Plate and 2012 Caulfield Cup were on his radar.
Ocean park arrived in Australia in March with a record of three wins and two runner-up finishes from five starts and after an eighth-place finish in the Randwick Guineas he ran home strongly to finish runner-up in the Rosehill Guineas.
Hennessy said the goal of winning a Group 1 race in Australia hadn’t changed for the future stallion prospect who has not raced since his Sydney campaign.
“We brought him to Sydney to win a Group 1 and that’s still our target,” Hennessy said.
“To tick off a Group 1 in Melbourne in the spring carnival would be huge.”
The son of Thorn Park showed he has fully recovered from the leg injury that cut short his autumn stint in a recent trial which he won by three lengths.
“He put up a nice performance and I couldn’t be more pleased with him,” Hennessy said.
“He really let down nicely the last 200 metres and he ran away from the field.”
While Hennessy is yet detail the exact plan for his stable star he said the weather would determine whether he starts his campaign at home or in Melbourne.
“I don’t really want to run him on a heavy track and take too much out of him first-up,” he said.
Glenn Boss rode Ocean Park in the Rosehill Guineas and Hennessy said he hope to continue his association with the Melbourne Cup winning jockey.
The Matamata-based trainer said he would also look to Boss to help determine the best spring route for the Wellington Stakes winner.