New Zealand four-year-old Ocean Park is the standout favourite in the Group 1 2012 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on Saturday following the withdrawal of Manighar to injury.
The exciting Gary Hennessy-trained entire is being offered at $1.60 at bookmaker.com.au as he continues his journey towards the Cox Plate.
Nobody can deny Ocean Park’s form, with the son of Thorn Park winning the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes in New Zealand before showing a sharp turn of foot to take out the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield.
Star jockey Glen Boss rode him in the Underwood Stakes and will stick with him throughout the spring carnival.
Boss believes Ocean Park is all quality and is expecting him to again perform on Saturday.
“He has got a Group 1 horse’s attitude. All the good horses I’ve ridden, they have all got that X-factor thing, they all just get there, they do their job,” Boss said.
Second favourite in the Caulfield Stakes market is Sincero ($4.00) who finished fifth to Ocean Park in the Underwood Stakes after winning the Group 2 Memsie Stakes first-up.
The five-year-old is also being aimed at the Cox Plate and boasts an impressive resume of 12 wins from 24 starts including two at Group 1 level.
There are no other runners in the Caulfield Stakes market under double figures, with the next best Alcopop at $11.00.
The one-time Melbourne Cup fancy has failed to fire so far this spring, with his best result a seventh-place finish in the Group 3 JRA Cup at Moonee Valley two weeks ago.
Other Caulfield Stakes runners include South Australian Derby runner-up Sabrage, the Lloyd Williams-owned Midas Touch and Bart Cummings’ import Sanagas ($26.00)
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