Ocean Park's Dam In Foal To Fastnet Rock
Sayyida, the dam of Cox Plate winner Ocean Park, has been tested in foal to champion sire Fastnet Rock at Coolmore Stud.
New Zealand-owned Sayyida, a daughter of Zabeel, was originally booked to return to Ocean Park's sire Thorn Park in 2012.
However those breeding plans were altered due to Thorn Park's recent setback that saw him withdrawn from service at the start of the season after serving just 20 mares. He is now battling to recover from the debilitating foot disease laminitis.
As a result Sayyida's owners Brent and Cherry Taylor of Trelawney Stud sent their mare to Coolmore Australia for a mating with Danehill's outstanding son Fastnet Rock. Sayyida will remain at Coolmore until she foals down before returning to New Zealand.
Sayyida is a two-time winner out of Eastern Princess (Pompeii Court) and a half sister to the Spectrum mare Brilliant Princess, the dam of G1 winner Prince Kaapstad (Kaapstad).
It is also the family of G1 winner Critic (Centaine).
Sayyida has produced two winners from three runners to date.
Her other winner Ruqqaya (Van Nistelrooy), like Sayyida, was raced by Trelawney Stud before joining the
Cambridge nursery’s broodmare band. She has produced a Pins yearling but wasn’t served in 2011.
Ocean Park was a $150,000 graduate of NZB’s Select Yearling Sale. This year the Karaka Premier Sale will feature a half-brother to Ocean Park by Pins, sire of 46 stakes winners including previous Cox Plate winner El Segundo.
Brent Taylor is extremely impressed with the Pins colt.
“Sayyida throws lovely types,” commented Taylor. “Having Ocean Park make $150,000 in the 2010 Select Sale and then Lady Sayyida top the sale the following year is a testament to that.
"The Pins colt is very much in that mould, he’s a lovely type. He is progressing nicely towards the sale.
"He’s a strong, balanced colt and is a really good moving horse as well so we are very happy with him.
“We always thought Sayyida was potentially the best filly we have ever raced.
"Roger James trained her and she showed an immense amount of potential, winning both her three-year-old races, before she broke down in the Avondale Guineas.
“Through a lot of hard work we managed to save her and it’s been a real thrill to see her express her talent through her progeny.”
Bred and sold by Trelawney Stud, Ocean Park is the fifth G1 winner by Thorn Park, joining Norzita, Jimmy Choux, The Party Stand and Veyron among his 17 stakes winners.
Ocean Park is also the 19th G1 winner produced by a daughter of Zabeel and fifth NZ-bred winner of the Cox Plate in the last six years.
Zabeel has sired four winners of the Cox Plate – Octagonal, Might And Power, Savabeel and Maldivian – but Ocean Park is his first winner of the race as a broodmare sire.
Zabeel was the dam sire of two Group winners at Moonee Valley on Saturday with Silent Achiever (O'Reilly (O’Reilly x Winning Spree) winning the G2 Crystal Mile.
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