Cox Plate winner Ocean Park has two Royal Ascot options next yearPICTURE: Getty Images
Royal Ascot plan for Cox Plate hero Ocean Park
COX PLATE hero Ocean Park could follow in the footsteps of Australian sprint sensation Black Caviar by making the journey to Royal Ascot next year, trainer and part-owner Gary Hennessy has revealed.
The New Zealand-bred four-year-old, who defeated Black Caviar's half-brother All Too Hard in the Sportingbet-sponsored Cox Plate at Moonee Valley last month, could attempt to add to Black Caviar's famous victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in the Queen Anne Stakes or the Prince of Wales's Stakes.
The four-time Group 1 winner also has the option of running in the Dubai Duty Free at Meydan next March, according to Hennessy, who said: "By travelling over to Australia and winning the Cox Plate, we proved Ocean Park is currently the best weight-for-age horse in Australasia."
"While the prize-money is far more rewarding in Hong Kong and Australia, the prestige that comes with winning European Group races is worth travelling for."
Unlike Black Caviar's connections, Hennessy intends to stay on and compete in further British Champion Series races. He added: "We wouldn't out rule staying on for some of the other British races as well as the Irish Champion Stakes, provided the horse is up to all the travelling.
"Just having a horse of this calibre together with Andrew [Wong] and Steve [Yan] is a fairytale in itself."