Ocean Park gelding
Star of the Seas ( x Stella Livia) made light work of his opposition at Warwick Farm on Wednesday
when he distanced them to win by two and a half lengths in the #Theraces
Waller-trained three-quarter brother to Group One performer Spieth (Thorn Park) secured his
first victory in just his third start, having placed in his previous two
It was a great result
for breeder’s Trelawney Stud and farm principal Brent Taylor is excited with
the potential of other progeny out of the farm’s quality mare Stella Livia.
“I was travelling, so
I only heard it on the radio, but it was obviously pretty impressive,” Taylor
“He was hot favourite
and raced accordingly.
“She’s been a very
productive mare for colts. She’s got a couple of nice young horses out there.
Travancore, he’s a chance of winning in town again this weekend, while Kris
Lees has a very nice Shamexpress colt (Lucky Mission) that we sold to Ron
Wanless. He is shaping up really well and can’t be too far away from a run
“She’s done a great
job, she has got some very productive runners out there.”
Star of the Seas was
initially entered for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2016 Select Yearling Sale by
Trelawney Stud, however a pre-sale x-ray forced their hand to withdraw the colt
along with another colt who would go on to win at Group Three level.
“We had two horses
going through the sales that same year,” Taylor said. “We did our pre-sales X-rays
and they both had cysts in their pasterns.
“Between the vets and
ourselves we decided that the market wasn’t going to accept the X-ray issue.
One was The Bostonian and the other one was this horse.
“He (Star of the Seas)
went through a trial for ourselves and trialled up exceptionally well under the
guidance of Te Awamutu trainer Clayton Chipperfield.
“We sold him on the
back of that trial through Phill Cataldo, who bought him for Tony Muollo in
Sydney, who is a good friend of his.”
holds great hopes for Star of the Seas’ sire Ocean Park, who Taylor also bred
under his farm’s banner.
“Ocean Park is on the
cusp of having a very good year with his older horses as four-year-olds. There
are a lot of very promising lightly-tried horses that look like they will get
over a trip.
“The likes of Oceans
Fourteen won well for us on Saturday and we think he’s a big chance.” -NZ Racing Desk