Phoenix Broodmare Farm graduate Ocean Grand will develop into a pretty handy horse according to his owner-trainer Cliff Bashford.
The Taree veteran said Ocean Grand had worked the house down in the lead-up to the TAB Highway Hcp (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
“He was sensational at the track this week,” Bashford explained. “I’ve never had a horse work as good as him, ever.”
The promising four year-old shouldered 60.5kg less a 3kg claim and held off even-money favourite Clearly Innocent to score by a long-neck. “I had him sold to Hong Kong but he failed a vet test,” Bashford said. “He’s done well and doesn’t do a thing wrong. All the ones I’ve been forced to hang onto are OK, fortunately.
Phoenix Farm owner Damian Gleeson sold the Duporth gelding to Bashford for just $10,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic Winter yearling sale. He won a Canterbury maiden in May and will go to another level next campaign.
“He had come on for a last-start fourth at Randwick,” winning jockey Koby Jennings said. “He’s a really mature, tough horse.”
Gleeson has catalogued 21 yearlings under the Phoenix Broodmare Farm banner for the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale. His first to parade, as agent, is the Commands filly (Lot 30) from G2 Queen of the South winner Goon Serpent (Reset).
Phoenix Broodmare Farm topped the 2014 Melbourne Premier Sale with a $450,000 Northern Meteor colt and Premier II with a Myboycharlie colt for $110,000. Gleeson also topped this year’s Great Southern Broodmare Sale with Illusional (Redoute’s Choice) who made $160,000.
Meanwhile, Ocean Grand will have a break and come back for a heat of the Provincial Championships at Taree on February 28. The $400,000 Final will be held at Randwick in April.