Ontrack Thoroughbreds success with New Zealand-breds continued when Arctic Shock scored an emphatic win at Pakenham last night.
The daughter of Melbourne Cup winner Shocking cleared maidens at only her fourth start when striding to a comprehensive win after jumping from an outside barrier.
"It was a good win because she had to work a little from the draw and never got many favours the way the race was run," said Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan.
"Rider Ben Melham did the right thing from the draw by being positive and sitting her just off the speed.
"Ben put her into the race on the turn and from there the result was never in doubt."
Grant Morgan purchased Arctic Shock from the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka, paying $65,000 for the daughter of Shocking and talented racemare Art Beat.
"I bought five yearlings from the sale and Tavisan has been stakes placed in Melbourne and this filly and Makfi Amour have both been recent winners at Pakenham for Chris Meagher.
"In fact, Makfi Amour and Arctic Shock have almost identical form having been a winner and placed three times from only four starts.
"There's an unraced Tavistock filly showing good promise and a Savabeel filly that's had only one start but has good ability so it looks like it will prove to be a great sale for Ontrack and our owners," said Grant Morgan.
Arctic Shock is a daughter of Art Beat, a Captain Rio mare who won nine races up to 1600 metres, including the Group Three Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton.
"Art Beat was a talented racemare with multiple black type performances and Arctic Shock is her second foal. I like to buy early foals from mares like her and we think this filly has the potential to get over a distance.
"It's a stamina-based family and Art Beat's half-sister Perfect Start was a very good stayer who was placed in the Wellington and New Zealand Cups over 3200 metres.
"Shocking has already left an Oaks winner so the pedigree and her racing style suggests Artic Shock will get a middle distance and possibly even further.
"We will sit down with Chris Meagher and work out a plan for the filly, but there's still some nice targets remaining this season for a filly that can stay," said Grant Morgan.
Congratulations to our owners: Ontrack Art Beat Syndicate, Let It Ride Syndicate (Manager Peter Ivanovski), David and Sue Worthley, Richard Stuckey, Lillian Brady OAM, O G P I C Syndicate (Andrew Hawken), Leigh Holt, Lynne Brook, Edgecorp Syndicate (Manager Colin Bracken), Mark Ostermeyer, Prof James Dale AO, Vin Harink, Ailsa Morrison-Galt, Andrew Hall, Harley Hodgson, Money Team Racing (Manager Bri Hourigan), Andrew Dean.