Ontrack Thoroughbreds look to have unearthed a promising stayer in Senrima Tide after he quit maidens in style at Wangaratta.
The lightly tried son of Ocean Park is prepared at Caufield by Mick Price and was having only his third race start at Wangaratta after placings at both his previous runs.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan predicted a bright future for Senrima Tide, especially once he stretches out in distance.
“I bought him at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney where he was offered as part of successful New Zealand stud Blandford Lodge’s draft. He was always going to take plenty of time so that’s why he didn’t have a race start until a couple of weeks before turning four.
“Mick has always labelled him as a typically slow maturing Kiwi galloper and has handled him accordingly.
“Stayers are made and the more time and patience you can give a young horse the greater your chance of being rewarded down the track.
“Ocean Park was a five times Group One winner and it’s worth noting that when he won his Cox Plate in 2012 he beat All Too Hard and Pierro and all three have gone on to carve out successful careers at stud.
“Ocean Park stands alongside champion stallion Savabeel at Waikato Stud and at this stage of his career he has left more individual winners than Savabeel from less runners and the same number of black type performers.
“I’m confident Ocean Park will go from strength to strength as his representatives get older and the quality of mares being sent to him rises. IF you look at this summer’s round of yearling sales you see his progeny averaged $86,358 and nine sold for more than $150,000,” said Grant Morgan.
Successful rider Jake Noonan was having his first ride on Senrima Tide and was suitably impressed.
“The plan was to be a bit positive but he has developed a bit of a habit of getting back. It worked out okay as he found a nice spot and when they went along at a nice gallop he was able to settle and finish off nicely.
“I had plenty of horse under me turning for home and he’s a real momentum horse and once he got rolling he finished off strongly.
“Being a son of Ocean Park means he’s going to run 2000 metres on his ear. He’s got a great attitude, he settles perfectly and he’s got a great set of lungs and he actually came through that run as if he’d just been out for a trot and canter.
“I have got no doubt that he’s going to get out in trip and Mick trained the quinella with two good horses who are worth following,” said Jake Noonan.
Congratulations to our owners: Ontrack Thoroughbreds No 1 (Syndicate), Steve Mauger, Paul Galvin, Dr David Worthley, Brett Waters, B H G C Racing Syndicate, Ever Reliable Syndicate, Mark Ostermeyer, Sandy Tranter, Robert Wheatley, Simon Dorrat, Tom Wyld, Mark Walker, Lynne Smith and John Brown.