Exciting times for Oakland Park and partners with Beethoven lining up in $500,000 Group 2 Karrakatta Plate on Saturday. He goes into the race with a genuine chance for Oakland Park to win this time honoured race for a second time.
In his four-start career, Beethoven has shown he is blessed with above average ability. Trainer Dan Morton elected to give him one 400 metre trial before heading to his first race start.
On debut, Beethoven came from third on the turn to snatch victory by a short head running the fastest last 600 metres. At his next start, he raced keenly when leading and was in front at the turn before going down by 1.5 lengths. Beethoven was then sent to the paddock for a spell to aim for a Karrakatta Plate campaign.
He returned first -up in the $100,000 Listed Supremacy Stakes where he settled in sixth place one off the rails and made ground wide at the home turn to run on well for a good first – up third.
At his last start, in an exciting finish, Beethoven held on for a tough maiden – stakes win taking out the $150,000 Listed Perth Stakes. He tracked into the race from the 500-metre mark and levelled up to the leader at the 200 metres where he put his nose in front and dug deep to battle to the line to win by a half-head.
Beethoven by Helmet, a son of champion sire Exceed And Excel, is the first foal of Oakland Park bred mare Molto Allegro (Fast ‘n’ Famous), a half-sister to Oakland Park bred Group 3 winning Jukebox, who will stand his first season at stud this year.
Today at the official barrier draw, part owner Tom Marshall drew barrier 14.
The ownership of Beethoven includes first time race horse owner Tom and Busselton locals Neil MacDonald, Denis Scott, Brian Strahan and Wayne Hams.
Also running on Saturday trying for his second stakes win is our tough Viscount 6YO gelding Pushin’ Shapes who goes around in the $100,000 Listed Old Comrade Stakes. He has been a terrific money spinner for Oakland Park and his connections having won $525,850 in prize money and bonuses.
He comes off a last start seventh only beaten 2.4 lengths in the Listed Grandstand Cup.
Good luck to our partners.