Ocean Park weanling draws Group One comparison

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  • June 20, 2023
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The Curraghmore principal has sold two of the stallion’s Group One winners Tofane and Kovalica and he was delighted to secure a colt by Ocean Park from the High Chaparral mare Rolling in Thedeep at Friday’s New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling & Broodmare Sale at Karaka.

Presented by Windsor Park Stud as Lot 132, Cunningham went to $120,000 for the well-related colt and said he had similarities to recent Gr.1 Queensland Derby (2400m) winner Kovalica.

“He was a very good colt. He is very typical of the best horses by Ocean Park. We have had a lot of luck on the farm with the sire,” Cunningham said.

“I thought he resembled Kovalica in his physique as a young horse in a lot of ways. He is a different physical to Tofane.

“He has come from a good farm in Windsor Park Stud and it is a farm that produces a lot of top horses and is only 15 minutes away from us.

“I look forward to getting home amongst our own horses and I know he will thrive and I look forward to presenting him next January at Karaka.”

Williams adds to broodmare band

Multiple stakes performer Windermere was the highlight lot of the broodmare session at Friday’s New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling & Broodmare Sale at Karaka and fetched $120,000 to the bid of Little Avondale Stud’s Sam Williams.

The six-year-old daughter of All Too Hard was a four-time winner in Australia and placed in the Listed Christmas Cup (2400m) and Listed Tatt’s Gold Crown (2137m).

Presented by Kilmore Farm as part of the dispersal of prominent Australian breeder Rob Ferguson’s New Zealand-based mares, Windermere is in foal to Cambridge Stud’s exciting young sire Sword Of State.

Windermere is out of the unraced Sadler’s Wells mare Rosetta Stone, a sister to multiple Group One winner Brian Boru (Sadler’s Wells) and Group One-producing broodmare Kitty O’Shea.

She is also closely related to the Epsom Derby (2400m) winner Workforce, who also won the Gr.1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m), in addition to Group One winners Best Solution and El Bodegon.

“I missed out on a number of mares on the Gold Coast as the competition was very strong and this mare was the standout of the mares here,” Williams said.

“She was the only mare I wanted.

“She maps very well with Per Incanto and being a Group placed mare, the page for her foal will read attractively.

“She represents a strong international female family and I was delighted to get her.”

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