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Confidence in late bloomer
05 Jul 2017

Perseverance with the well-related Nordic Hero (Fastnet Rock x Sayyida) is being rewarded after the half-brother to the Gr.1 Cox Plate winner Ocean Park showed no early signs of living up to his pedigree.

“He didn’t do much at all at the trials and it just shows you have to press on and give each horse his chance,” trainer Stephen Marsh said.

“His first up run was quite good and he’s just kept improving since then.”

While Nordic Hero is of illustrious parentage, his only focus is on the race track.

“He got very heavy so it was decided very early on to geld him. He’s owned in Hong Kong and that didn’t worry them.”

Nordic Hero was a debut fourth at Hawera in May before he won a mile maiden on a heavy track at Pukekohe Park last month.

“He just loves the mud, the wetter the better and I think he’s going to be a pretty handy horse over ground next winter.”

In the meantime, there is confidence in the three-year-old making his presence felt in the Hi Tech Floor Scrubbers Handicap at Matamata on Wednesday.

“I can’t see any reason why he can’t continue on his winning way,” Marsh said.

Nordic Hero, like Ocean Park, was sold as a yearling through the draft of Trelawney Stud.  The three-year-old was a $350,000 purchase from the farm's 2015 Inglis Easter lineup. – NZ Racing Desk.