Ontrack Thoroughbreds’ promising mare Arctic Shock returned to winning form with an impressive victory at Mornington.
The daughter of Melbourne Cup winner Shocking snared her second win from only 9 career starts when she overcame a three wide passage from an outside barrier to score convincingly in a Benchmark 64 Handicap.
“She’s a very promising mare and it was great to see her return to winning form at only her second start in a new preparation,” said Ontrack’s Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“The mare resumed with a good second at Bendigo and took good improvement into the Mornington race and she had to overcome a few obstacles, including a sticky draw.
“Arctic Shock always promised plenty during her trials and preparations with young Jacob McKay in New Zealand and she lived up to that in her first preparation.
“She was a winner and placed four times from seven starts and one of those placings was a third in the Group Three Alexandra Stakes behind subsequent Group One winner Princess Jenni at Moonee Valley.
“The plan now is to find a suitable Group race for her over the spring and work out a plan to get to that race.
“We always thought she would make good improvement from her first preparation and it’s always a relief to see a horse make that progress,” said Grant Morgan.
A four-year-old mare by Shocking from the Group Three winner Art Beat, Arctic Shock is prepared on the Mornington track by John and Chris Meagher. She was purchased by Grant Morgan for $65,000 from the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka.
Successful rider Ben Melham was pleased with the Mornington win.
“There was no prospect of getting in from that wide draw so I had to try and conserve as much energy as possible. It was a slowly run race and I had to use a few carrots getting her close to the pace turning for home so she did well to tough it out.
“There are bigger races in store for her and I think she will also improve when we put head gear back on her, but she’s a nice mare,” said Ben Melham.
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.