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Ocean Park Crowned NZ Horse Of The Year
In NZ overnight, champion 5-time Gr1 winner and 2013 Waikato Stud freshman Ocean Park (Thorn Park-Sayyida, by Zabeel) was, as anticipated, crowned NZ Horse of the Year at the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Awards in Hamilton, reports nztm.co.nz. The Gary Hennessy-trained colt dominated proceedings accruing 44 of a possible 46 votes. The son of ill-fated champion stallion Thorn Park had a 2012 Melbourne Spring to remember, taking 4 Gr1's in succession; Underwood Stakes, Caulfield Stakes, Cox Plate & LKS Mackinnon Stakes, before returning home to add the Gr1 New Zealand Stakes to his glittering resume. Rated a lofty 128 by Timeform, Ocean Park's Underwood Stakes, Caulfield Stakes & Cox Plate treble has only been achieved twice this century (Northerly in 2001 and So You Think in 2010).