Ocean Park ‘mentally mature’
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.