OP’s first win­ner re­alised

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DEN­NIS RYAN

Last Sun­day marked an­other chap­ter in the story of Ocean Park when the Cox Plate win­ner and New Zealand Horse of the Year sired his first win­ner.

At Adelaide’s Mor­phettville race­course, first starter Beerzatbernz notched the no­table first for the Waikato Stud-based stal­lion.

Ap­pro­pri­ately the bay filly was bred by Ocean Park’s for­mer trainer and part-owner Gary Hen­nessy

He then sold her to lead­ing trainer Tony McEvoy for A$40,000 at a Mel­bourne year­ling sale.

When Ocean Park was syn­di­cated for stud du­ties at the end of his il­lus­tri­ous rac­ing ca­reer, Gary and his wife Jenny in­vested in a num­ber of brood­mares to utilise their service rights and Beerzatbernz is one of the first crop prog­eny they bred.

‘‘Af­ter all that we achieved to­gether, it’s very sat­is­fy­ing to now be the breeder of OP’s first win­ner,’’ says Gary.

‘‘She’s a lovely big scopey filly, a real Oaks type, and looking at how she won I’d say she’s got a real fu­ture.’’

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