Four Generations Of Winners!
Jun 26, 2017
It surprised Michael Kent that Seattle Park took as many runs as he did to break through for his maiden victory and he was delighted to see him find the line so well at Geelong on Friday.
A horse who has always shown good ability, Seattle Park had finished close up at his first five outings and stepping up to 1540m was in his favour with punters keen to support him into favouritism,
Settling back before improving through the field, Seattle Park hooked out before the turn, claiming them at the 200m only to have the leader More Bubbles fight back.
It was an exciting tussle to the line with Seattle Park gaining the upperhand late - much to the relief of his proud owner/breeder Philip Wooldridge who was on course, smiling from ear to ear!
The win is quite an achievement for Wooldridge who also bred not only Seattle Park's dam Sealers Cove but also her dam Knaphill... and her dam Wych Hill Way as well! Four generations of winners.
This is a prolific family with which the Wooldridge family have been winning races with for years, Sealers Cove being a full sister to the multiple city winner Clandon, also a member of the Kent stable.
Whilst Seattle Park is a son of Reset, so is Clandon's winner Virginia Water - the pair boasting interesting pedigrees with crosses of the legendary Victorian stallion Showdown and the Feehan Stakes winning successful broodmare Bellition.
Describedby Michael Kent as "a progressive horse who has been just a bit backward," Seattle Park still has some growing and maturing to do but hopefully can sneak a race in town before a spell in preparation for a spring campaign.
"He has always been able to gallop, he has just taken a while and he has had a few excuses. He will probably go further and will only improve with time."
Part of a good winning couple of days for stable apprentice Ethan Brown, Seattle Park put his rider's skills to test as the runner up was so nicely steered by Noel Callow who is known for his prowess in a tight finish.
"Of all the jockeys to be in a close finish with!" Brown laughed.