Oakland Park Top Of The Pops

Punters could do worse than follow the 3yo winners from last Wednesday’s meeting at Pinjarra.

Adam Durrant trained an opening double with promising fillies Mystical Babe (Xtravagant) and Grace Du Roi (Sir Prancealot).  Grant Williams weighed in with untapped colt Colossal (Snitzel) and David Harrison finally got Glacier Miss (Frosted) over the line after a frustrating run for her connections.

Their form will stand up and the 2yo race also threw up aptly-named winner Top Of The Pops.  The Dan Morton-prepared youngster cruised home off a quick clip on debut to score by two lengths in the GWN 7 Maiden (1200m).  “He got the job done and it was a top ride from Shaun O’Donnell,” Morton noted.  “He’s a son of Spirit Of Boom and let down nicely to win by a comfortable margin.”

Top Of The Pops is a homebred for Oakland Park Stud and is a younger half-brother to the Morton-trained LR Perth Stakes winner Beethoven (Helmet),

It’s a very successful juvenile family nurtured by Neville & Susan Duncan.   Their dam Molto Allegro (Fast ‘N’ Famous) is an Ascot-winning half-sister to Jukebox (Snitzel) who won a RL Inglis 2YO Premier and a G3 Vain Stakes at Caulfield.  He stands at Aquis Farm in Queensland and was off the mark in February with first-crop winner Jukebox Flyer (Newcastle) and Cabrinella (Ipswich).

Second dam Jestatune won a LR Gimcrack Stakes at Ascot and is a half-sister to Oakland Park’s 2014 WA Horse of the Year Ihtsahymn.

Molto Allegro was sent to Darley Victoria in 2020 and she foaled a colt by Blue Point (Ire) last September.  The Duncans bred her back to the three-time Royal Ascot Group 1-winning son of Shamardal in October.

Molto Allegro’s unraced 4yo daughter Moonlight Sonata (Sessions) is also based in Victoria since changing hands and she foaled a filly by Darley shuttler Frosted (USA) last September.