There were breeding firsts all round at Egmont Park Stud late on Tuesday evening (August 18).
Millionaire pacer, Ohoka Punter who won the last of his four Group Ones in the Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park just 13 months ago, sired the Stud’s first foal of 2020 at 10.55pm.
It was first year sire, Ohoka Punter’s first foal at Stud, and the second out of the 2013 Mach Three mare, Fire One.
“She’s a great looking foal. Fire One and her filly are doing very well. With the first foal of the ‘Ohoka Punters’ now on the ground, both Leean and I are looking forward to see what else he will produce,” said Egmont Park Farm manager, Peter Bell.
The filly’s owner, Kevin Seymour, of Solid Earth Pty Ltd, was equally proud.
“This is just wonderful. She is out of a very well bred Mach Three mare, and we also have very high hopes for Ohoka Punter at Stud. He is a sire with enormous potential. Hopefully this will be the first of many of his foals that go on to good things both on the racetrack and at stud,” Seymour said.
Fire One (1:53.7), who is out of the 2001 Fake Left mare, Sparks Under Fire, won eight races between April 2017 and June 2018. She was trained by Grant Dixon at Tamborine.
She also won two of her 10 starts for Canterbury (NZ), Nigel McGrath, before being exported to Australia in February 2017.
Fire One also has a Hurrikane Kingcole weanling foal.
“He’s a nice colt and very eager to please,” Bell said.
The filly's Dad - Ohoka Punter, is part of harness racing's 'golden cross; - a Bettor's Delight foal who has been crossed with a Christian Cullen mare.
The former New Zealand 3-year-old Colt-of-the-Year, won his four Group Ones via the 2013 Group One $200,000 Victoria Derby Final defeating Lennytheshark and Bit Of A Legend; the Group One $100,000 Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park in July 2019 and the Group One $200,000 Blacks A Fake Pace at the same venue in July 2016.
His only Group One victory in New Zealand came in the $250,000 Northern Derby (3yo) in 2013 where he defeated one of New Zealand's greatest ever mares. The 2014 New Zealand Cup winner, Adore Me.
“He’s an absolute stand-out of his generation and the best value son of Bettors Delight at stud. He’s at such a great price right now. It’s such a great deal, and I don’t think his price will ever get this low.
“You just can’t deny the Bettors Delight - Christian Cullen (In The Pocket) factor at such a reasonable price. Watching his progeny being born this season will be one of the Farm highlight’s this year,” said Bell.
Perhaps Ohoka Punter’s most famous win came in the hands of Nathan Purdon, who won the Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship with him in 2016 at Albion Park, defeating Hectorjayjay and Christen Me.
In New Zealand Ohoka Punter won 16 of his 36 starts and placed in 13 others for $494,097. He made his winning debut at Alexandra Park on December 16, 2011 and had his last race across the Tasman in January 2016.
In Australia he finished his racing career at Albion Park on July 20 last year, Ohoka Punter had raced 110 times for 27 wins and 51 placings. His bank balance rested at $1,177,323 and he recorded his quickest mile rate of 1:52.4 when winning the Lunchbox Lodge Spelling Farm Open Pace at Albion Park on May 21, 2016.
“Fire One will go back to Ohoka Punter, as I feel he will be the next sire to replace Fake Left. I’m putting many of my top mares to him this season,” a delighted Seymour said.
Bell said that Ohoka Punter has 48 to foalthroughout Australia this breeding season