Avon­dale meet­ing great suc­cess

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

stun­ning de­but win for trainer Gary Hen­nessy. The son of Zabeel and stakes-win­ning Pins mare Toot­sie had won two of his three pre-de­but tri­als, but made things dif­fi­cult for him­self mid­way through Sun­day’s race when he almost ran off on the turn into the straight. His class told, how­ever, as he bal­anced up for Craig Grylls and re­gained the lead.

Ocean Em­peror was knocked down to Gary Hen­nessy for $240,000 at last year’s Karaka year­ling sale and races in the name of his trainer and Hong Kong clients An­drew Wong and Steve Yan. The same trio of course raced the out­stand­ing gal­loper Ocean Park and have jus­ti­fied hopes that his re­place­ment can also scale the heights.

‘‘I fell in love with him the first time I saw him as a year­ling at Waikato Stud,’’ Gary re­calls. ‘‘He’s got the same gor­geous looks as Ocean Park, the same pres­ence and in­tel­li­gence, but if any­thing I think he’s got more bril­liance.

‘‘He’s very ex­cit­ing. He makes you pinch your­self ev­ery now and then to think you’ve got another high qual­ity horse.’’

Another well re­lated Te Rapa win­ner with a def­i­nite fu­ture is Bo­hemian Lily, a three-year-old by O’Reilly and a sis­ter to the Aus­tralian Guineas and Oaks win­ner Sham­rocker. She was the sec­ond leg of a win­ning dou­ble for Lance Noble after Realta had scored on de­but for a syn­di­cate con­tain­ing mem­bers of that in­volved with sta­ble star Vi­adana.

Photo: NZ RAC­ING DESK

SKIL­FUL RIDE: In Style, cen­tre, makes the most of Michael Cole­man’s skil­ful ride to win the Coun­ties Bowl at Avon­dale on Satur­day.

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