Curraghmore graduates have been in good form of late posting wins on both sides of the Tasman.
The Stephen Marsh-trained Glorious Ocean brought up the third win in three days from horses produced by the Waikato farm when she was successful in the PGG Wrightson Seeds R67 (1400m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
Bred by Gordon Cunningham and David Butler, Glorious Ocean was purchased by Waikato Bloodstock and Kangyu International Racing out of the farm’s 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Select draft.
The daughter of Ocean Park jumped smartly and settled on the rail in third position for jockey Samantha Wynne. Once on the straight Wynne tackled the leader Zelenski, the pair were quickly joined by The Buffer with Glorious Ocean winning the three-way battle to the line to claim the honours.
Marsh was very pleased with Glorious Ocean’s win on Saturday, being a part-owner of the five-year-old Ocean Park mare who had a win and three placings in nine starts from his Cambridge stables before heading south.
“The original owner didn’t want to press on with her and put her up on gavelhouse.com to be sold,” Marsh said. “I told him she could win more and I’d be keen to try her, but he’d made his mind up.
“We bid on her and got her (for $9000) and I put a syndicate together. She’s only had the two starts for us down there and been a winner.”
The win was particularly special for one of the syndicate members, Chris Rowe, to see his horse win on his home track where he is the Commercial Manager of the Canterbury Jockey Club.
The other syndicate members are Tony Moore (Marsh’s former Racing Manager), American Dennis Foster (part-owner of Rocanto) and Cheah Kim Teck, one of the long-time owners for Marsh’s father, Bruce.
This followed the wins of Penelope Cruise at New Plymouth on Friday and Annavisto at Mornington on Thursday.
Later on Saturday, Sacred Suite launched his current campaign with a runner-up finish at the Gold Coast Turf Club in the silks of syndicators Go Racing.
Bred by Raffles Dancers, who retained a share in the son of Sacred Falls, Sacred Suite is trained out of Chris Waller’s Queensland stable.
The four-year-old put in a solid showing on Saturday and looks as though his maiden win is not far away.
Equally impressive was Power Lift who was just 0.2L off the winner in his 1600m test at Kembla Grange.
On Sunday, Australian-based mares Tribuna and Aspect Ratio finished third at Mudgee and Wyong, respectively.