OCEAN EMPEROR RETIRED

OCEAN EMPEROR RETIRED

Three-time Group 2 winner Ocean Emperor has been retired from racing and is set to stand at stud.

“He’s not going to race again and now I’m looking for a home for him to stand at stud,” trainer and part-owner Gary Hennessy said.

Successful in nine of his 28 starts having accrued prize money of NZ$278,625, Ocean Emperor landed the Japan-New Zealand International Trophy (1600m) and back-to-back editions of the Tauranga Stakes (1600m).

The son of Zabeel contested last year’s Group 1 Kranji Mile (1600m) in Singapore, finishing seventh, while the seven-year-old’s final start was a fourth placing in the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham last December.

Ocean Emperor, who is out of the Group 1-placed Pins mare Tootsie, was purchased by his trainer for NZ$450,000 at the 2013 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale from the draft of Waikato Stud.

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