Brendon Hawtin is bullish about his
prospects of providing the former New Zealand Horse of the Year Ocean Park (Thorn Park x Sayyida) with
the perfect opening to his stallion career.
He will present the first race day representative
of the Waikato Stud resident on Saturday when Beachwood takes his place in the Vespa
standing at Wellfield Lodge Juvenile Plate at Wanganui.
“It’s hero or zero time and I’m hoping I’m
going to be the hero,” Hawtin said. “He’s just a natural and he’s as tough as
Beachwood, who is part-owned by the now
Cranbourne-based trainer Trent Busuttin, showed a glimpse of his talent with a
trial success at Te Teko earlier this month.
“He’s just gone ahead in leaps and bounds
since then and it didn’t cross my mind to trial him again,” Hawtin said.
A $40,000 Karaka weanling and on-sold
earlier this year for $75,000, the colt is a half-brother to the Listed Great
Northern Foal Stakes winner Russian Conquest and to Brackenwood, a black type
placegetter as a two-year-old.
“Since he came back from the breaker he has
had very little pressure put on him and each week he has improved,” Hawtin
“I wouldn’t want to be swapping him for any
Ocean Park was bred and sold by Trelawney Stud, and went on to win five Group One races, including the Cox Plate. He was a $150,000 purchase from the farm's 2010 NZB Select draft.