A difficult and talented New Zealand racehorse and “an uneducated boofhead” with a great deal of faith and a rare set of riding skills have won a Cox Plate that proved a triumph for knowledge over youth.
Ocean Park and Glen Boss created a best pair, claiming Australia’s most prestigious race at Moonee Valley on Saturday thanks to a easy program and a final, irresistible surge to the line.
“He just would like to win, he’s a winner. Easy as that,” Boss mentioned.
“Each and every time he goes to the races he does a little bit greater.
“His will to win is enormous … he just loves his task and I’ve got to love him for it.”
The victory also made Boss happier than ever with his function, even surpassing Makybe Diva’s classic Cox Plate of 2005 and rivalling her 3 Melbourne Cups.
“This feels like a single of my greatest achievements because I picked this horse out in the autumn,” he stated.
“Everyone kept questioning him. I just kept telling them that he is a winner.”
Ocean Park ($ 6) ran down the 3-yr-old All Also Difficult ($ 9), grabbing the lead 30m out to score by a neck.
Pierro, the 1-time favourite and yet another a few-year-outdated, ran an honest race to finish 3rd, a more 3-3/four lengths away.
The other 3-yr-outdated, Proisir, finished eighth after leading for significantly of the race even though Ethiopia ran over himself to hold fourth ahead of Shoot Out.
Ocean Park’s win also represented a triumph for his trainer Gary Hennessy, a New Zealander of few words, four sons and wonderful horse sense.
“We came here with a program, we caught to it and it worked,” Hennessy said.
“People weren’t confident about him, but I was.
“He goes out and does what he has to do.”
Hennessy said he and Boss had devised a program that involved horse and rider taking part in a waiting game.
“Glen wanted to be the final 1 to come off the bridle,” he stated.
“It did not function also undesirable.”
Boss said Ocean Park’s only error was to miss the start off by half a length.
But the error proved a blessing, permitting Boss to settle his horse ahead of reaching the winning post the initial time.
Ocean Park raced with only 3 behind him for significantly of the race with Boss waiting for Craig Williams ahead of him on the favourite Green Moon ($ 5) to consider him into the contest.
“I was on Craig’s back but I could see him commence to push and he was going nowhere,” he mentioned.
“I couldn’t believe how quick I went past him.”
The pair made regular ground in the run to the property turn but Boss’s self-confidence only rose to a winning degree as they straightened.
“Close to the turn it was as even though he caught sight of the bunny,” Boss said.
“He observed All As well Challenging up ahead and he surged.
“In the last one hundred metres there was no way he wasn’t going to catch him.”
As he reached the line Boss stood in the irons and acknowledged the win with a trademark shake of the head.
“I can’t think I’m here often,” he stated later on.
“An uneducated boofhead who did not get past grade 10.”
And now a winner of 3 Cox Plates to match his three Melbourne Cups.