First winner by Ocean Park

Ocean Park has sired his first winner and appropriately it was bred by the stallion’s trainer and former co-owner Gary Hennessy.

The Tony McEvoy-trained filly Beerzatbernz made the breakthrough with a long neck victory over Uninhibited (Per Incanto) at Morphettville on Saturday.

Hennessy has sent a dozen mares to Ocean Park in each of the four years he has stood at Waikato Stud.  His first winner is from Flying Spur mare Flying Rosa and was sold for $40,000 at last year’s Melbourne Premier Sale.

“It’s very satisfying to be the breeder of Ocean Park’s first winner,” Hennessy said.  “My wife Jenny and I went looking for mares that we thought would suit him and this filly is from one of them.

“After Tony had bought her he commented that he thought he got her cheaply but good luck to him.  She’s a lovely big scopey filly and I would say she’s got a real future.”

Ocean Park (Thorn Park) was crowned 2012-13 New Zealand Horse of the Year following Group 1 victories in the Makfi Challenge, Underwood Stakes, Caulfield Stakes, Cox Plate and New Zealand Stakes.