Super Saturday for Oakland Park
Oakland Park Stud had a day to remember on the biggest race day of the year around the country yesterday, starting with the smart first up win of The Front Bar in the Amelia Park Plate over 1000m at Ascot.
Ridden again by William Pike, The Front Bar was set 2nd in running behind the well tried Ultimate Command, before Pike got to work at the 200 and was too strong to the line winning by nearly a length.
70 days since her last outing, trainer Adam Durrant was full of praise for the Sessions 3YO filly after the race, saying the horse had overcome a recent set back with a bug three weeks ago. “This one you don’t see alot out of her at home, not one that puts her hand up anywhere but certainly does on the race track.”
Durrant indicated a step up to black type next for The Front Bar, being closely related on the Dam side to a couple of group 1 horses.
In the next race Oakland newcomer Dais continued her good form with a 2nd in the Westspeed Platinum Series Heat over 1200m.
Trained by Dan and Ben Pearce, the Sessions 4YO mare now has three starts for 1 win and two 2nd placings.
Two races later in the Crown Perth Handicap over 1400m, Oakland Park’s Beret brought up her 4th 2nd placing in row, this time behind the heavily spruiked God Has Chosen. The consistent Helmut mare has been runner up 8 times from 22 starts (along with 3 wins and 5 3rd placings) and is due a change of luck soon, after running into some very smart horses of late. Her next win is just around the corner.
Across at Flemington on Derby Day, Oakland Park’s day only got better with the Oakland Park bred Bruckner coming 2nd in the stallion making Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes for 3YOs over 1200m.
Trained by Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Bruckner led the pack that was chasing home tear away winner Home Affairs in what was probably the most impressive win of the entire day.
The following race saw an all round triumph for WA racing and Oakland Park stud with the win of Superstorm in the Group 1 Kennedy Cantala Stakes. Owned by Bob Peters and ridden by Damian Oliver, Superstorm was able to find a gap inside late to grab a nail biting victory in the $2 million race.
By Sebring, Superstorm is out the Oakland Park owned Stormy Nova.
A great day all round for Oakland Park Stud and congratulations to all connections.