Ocean Park Primed for 2013 Dubai World Cup Night Task

Cox Plate winner Ocean Park is thriving in Dubai ahead of the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free (1800m) which will take place as part of the Dubai World Cup night program this weekend.

Ocean Park has settled in well ahead of his Dubai assignment. Photo: race Horse Photos Australia.

Trainer Gary Hennessy said the star entire has settled in well to his new surrounds ahead of the race which is set to jump at 3:40am (AEDT) on Sunday morning.

“He’s on his feed, everything we want we’ve got and he’s very bright in his work,” Hennessy told New Zealand’s The Informant.

“He’s a little bit lighter than before he left but apart from that everything’s good.”

Hennessy will not deviate from routine with the multiple Group 1 winner who will bypass Thursday’s breakfast with the stars session in order to do his final bit of fast work on Wednesday.

“I’m sticking with what I know works for him,” Hennessy said.

Regular trackwork rider Kate Hercock will do all the lead-up work on Ocean Park, with Irishman Johnny Murtagh set to step into the saddle on race day.

Ocean Park lines up for the lucrative race in good form, having won the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) by 3 1/2 lengths at his last start.

The son of Thorn Park starred at the Melbourne Spring Carnival, winning three Group 1 races in the Cox Plate, Caulfield Stakes and the Underwood Stakes.

From 14 starts he has won eight times and placed on four other occasions and is closing in on $3 million in prizemoney.

Taking place at Meydan racetrack, the Dubai World Cup night program is the richest meeting in the world and offers US$27.5 million in stakes across the program.

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