It is Ocean Park all the way for the Caulfield Stakes 2012 this afternoon with the money coming thick and fast for this odds-on Kiwi to win their third Group 1 on the trot after another withdrawal from the weight-for-age clash.
Gary Hennessy’s flying Underwood Stakes champ Ocean Park is now set to face just five rivals in the $400,000 Group 1 Cathay Pacific Caulfield Stakes (2000m), running as Caulfield Race 5 at 2:50pm (AEST), after two scratchings from rival trainer Peter Moody.
Moody was forced to take Manighar out of the mix earlier in the week with the triple Group 1 winning import injured.
He has also now taken out #8 Vatuvei, the VRC St Leger winner’s chances of running even a minor placing taking a dramatic blow when Manighar came out.
While there is a bit of class with the likes of Memsie Stakes winner Sincero ($4 out to $4.40) the most notable rival, really Ocean Park should have an easy time here before backing up in the 2012 Cox Plate against super colt Pierro in a fortnight at Moonee Valley.
Since Vatuvei was withdrawn Ocean Park has firmed in from $1.50 to $1.45 in the Caulfield Stakes odds, a price that may be short but one we are happy to take.
Why Ocean Park Can Win the 2012 Caulfield Stakes:
- Won the Underwood last time out against tougher class
- Unbeaten this time in
- A dual Group 1 winner
- Awesome Win (55.56%) and Place (61.54%) percentages compared to the rest of this field
- Third-up so are fit and go up from 1800m to 2000m which will suit to a tee
- Beaten just a long neck last time they saw the distance in the Rosehill Guineas during the autumn
- Small field and good gate
- Glen Boss stays on
- A definite favourite’s race in recent years
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