Stawell trainer Andrew Bobbin enjoyed a memorable day at Flemington on Saturday, celebrating his first Listed Hilton Nicholas Straight Six (1200m) victory with the highly talented New Zealand-born Ocean Beyond.
A three-time Listed winner and performer from Daniel Bowman’s Warrnambool stable, the four-year-old transferred to Bobbin earlier this year and had made a previous appearance for his new stable – finishing second to Caulfield on May 7.
Ocean Beyond took a big step forward with an irresistible finish in Flemington on Saturday. After settling into the last fifth, he was briefly held up in a tight field with less than 200 yards to go but bowed to the outside and flashed over the top of Crestani to score with a long neck.
“This (winning stakes races) is what I’ve always wanted to do,” said Bobbin, who has trained 39 winners in a career that started in late 2020. “Winning one here is definitely a highlight. .
“This horse showed a lot of promise early on, and he’s been thriving in the countryside environment since he came to us. He looks like a mountain goat, he’s so woolly and rough, but he lives outside in a yard and it’s clearly working.
Jockey Linda Meech was thrilled to play her part in giving Bobbin his first black-type success.
“It’s a great feeling,” she said. “He’s young, he’s on his way up, he’s so positive. It is a joy and a pleasure to ride for him. I have been to his farm many times, the way he has transformed it over the past 12 months is unreal. You have to see it to believe what it does.
“I was just looking for a way out without causing interference, and I had a ride – I was going the best of all 200 yards.”
Bred by Waikato Stud, Ocean Beyond is one of 17 individual black-type winners for quality sire Ocean Park and is out of Pins mare Frankly – a four-race winner in the family of Red Delicious, who is the dam of several Group One the winner of Madison County and the placegetter of Detonator Jack in the South Australian Derby (2500m) Gr.1 last week.
Offered by Ohukia Lodge at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock ready-to-run sale at Karaka, Ocean Beyond fell short of its reserve and was later purchased by Bowman for $60,000. He’s now had 13 starts for four wins, two rankings and A$339,225 in stakes.
While in Bowman’s care, Ocean Beyond was a three-year-old black type winner in the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in November 2020. He also finished third in the Listed Village Stakes last year (1200m) at Caulfield behind Lombardo, who went on to win Goodwood (1200m) Gr.1 on Saturday at Morphettville. – New Zealand Race Office