Ocean Park ‘men­tally ma­ture’

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Dan­ica Guy was re­lieved to see the ben­e­fits of some gear changes she made to her promis­ing mare Show­ing Off when the grey bounced back to form in the last race at Hast­ings.

Blink­ers and a tongue con­trol bit have done the trick and the Sav­abeel fouryear-old will now be given her chance in black-type com­pany.

Xanadu pro­vided the best out­come of the Mata­mata run­ners in the Hast­ings fea­ture, the Wind­sor Park Plate, when run­ning home strongly for third.

While hav­ing to con­cede to Mufhasa and Fleur de Lune, the ef­fort by the Ken and Bev Kelso-trained mare was good enough to be el­e­vated to favouritism for the fi­nal day Hawke’s Bay fea­ture, the NZB In­sur­ance Spring Clas­sic.

While he might not be trained locally, Mufhasa de­serves spe­cial men­tion for his su­perb ef­fort to notch his 10th group one win on Satur­day.

As pre­vi­ously men­tioned on this page, he was bred at Rich Hill Stud by res­i­dent stal­lion Pen­tire, and with his lat­est big win stands along­side Sun­line (13) and Rough Habit (11) as one of only three New Zealandowned and trained horses to com­pile a dou­ble-fig­ure tally of group one vic­to­ries.

The win: Ocean Park (Glen Boss) takes the Un­der­wood Stakes for Gary Hen­nessy at Caulfield on Satur­day.

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