The price was staggering, so was the run.
Ocean Emperor returned to his top form when winning the open sprint at Awapuni today.
How he paid $10 is anyone’s guess.
Rosie Myers, who landed a winning treble, produced an inch-perfect ride, darting the son of Ocean Park along the rails and leaving the crumbs to the others.
“He’s a lovely horse. He was murdered in the Tarzino (at Hastings in September),” said trainer Gary Hennessy.
Shaun McKay ignored instructions that day, choosing to lead when Hennessy wanted him ridden just off the pace
Ocean Emperor will now be aimed at the Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham in December.
Second today was a fast-finishing Beefeater, who grabbed second favourite Darscape Princess short of the line. Favourite Art Deco was fourth.
Carrying 60kgs, Five To Midnight wore down Ringo and a resurgent Balham to take the Feilding Cup.
.”He’s much stronger this time in. He was wonderfully settled in the parade ring and that’s when he runs his best races,” said trainer Lisa Latta.
He will now take on the Counties and Manawatu Cups over the summer.
Other impressive Awapuni winners were the ultra consistent Mauna Kea and frontrunner Soroc, who gave Lee Somervell his first winner since he relocated to the lower North Island.
Meanwhile the 2017 2000 Guineas winner, Embellish, had a good blowout at Tauranga today, battling into second in the open sprint in his first run since March.
The winner was Sleeping Beauty, whose jockey Darren Denis produced a well-judged frontrunning ride.
Co-trainer Andrew Scott was naturally thrilled. “She’s learning to settle in her races now.”
On the undercard, Hawke’s Bay Guineas runner-up Cavallo Veloce finally got his breakthrough win while Pop Star Princess struck again, responding superbly to a hard ride from Lynsey Satherley.