Feb 15, 2018
With long time stable supporter Philip Wooldridge being a local, the Stony Creek Cup is a race he would love to win - and we may well have just the horse for it with Seattle Park showing so much middle distance promise.
On Thursday at only his second run back from a spell the lightly raced four-year-old was stepping up from 1400m to 1950m at Yarra Valley and he could not have been more impressive racing away to a soft 1 1/2 length victory.
Not only up in distance but also up in weight, Seattle Park had the steadier of 60kg and his job did not look an easy one from the outside gate - especially when he settled a clear last.
He was however always travelling well, making a quick move before the turn to get closer to the leaders and from the top of the straight the race was in his keeping.
"Mick took the blinkers off today and it was a good move," said rider Ethan Brown.
"We let the early speed go and he really settled - and the way he quickened was nice. He is still a bit raw, he had a bit of a look around when he hit the front but I was always pretty confident."
"He is definitely a horse on the up."
And Kent agrees - "he had good three-year-old form," he said, recalling an especially good seventh after striking severe interference at Caulfield - "and he has improved physically since then."
Happy to have won a race with a nice VOBIS Gold bonus, Kent said that the Stony Creek Cup is an aim as is a $150,000 face at Flemington a couple of weeks afterwards.
A home-bred for Wooldridge, Seattle Park is the first foal for the lightly raced winner Settlers Cove. Served last spring by Americain, she is a full sister to the family's multiple city winner Clandon whose son Brooklands (like Seattle Park is by Reset) looks close to a win having been a fast finishing second at Ararat last week.