O’Shea Stables Aquire Impressive Alberton Park

By: Sarah Fortnum
January 20th, 2012
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Trainer John O’Shea will saddle up new stable acquisition Alberton Park for the first time tomorrow in the Australian Turf Club Handicap at Rosehill.

Alberton Park has just been transferred from Liam Birchley’s stables in Queensland, where she won five of her 28 career starts.

O’Shea is not interested in what the five-year-old mare has achieved in the past, and is instead looking towards her racing future.

“I haven’t given a great deal of consideration of what she’s done in the past,” O’Shea said.

The trainer feels Alberton Park will have every chance in tomorrow’s race.

“It looks a nice enough sort of race for her where she’ll be competitive,” he saud.

“She’ll be competitive.”

O’Shea is also lining up Think Mink in the final race of the day.

The four-year-old mare finished fifth in her last race starts after missing the jump by three lengths.

“This horse played up beside her in the barriers… from that point on there was no chance,” O’Shea said.

“(She’s) down in the weights tomorrow and Blake (Shinn) will ride her, (but) she’s drawn awkwardly.

“We’ve been really happy with her.”

O’Shea’s Hoss Amor ran in last weekend’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast, where she finished a gallant fourth.

The trainer was thrilled with the result after she found herself in awkward position in the field.

“It was a very good run,” he said.

“She had to circumnavigate which wasn’t ideal.”

Hoss Amor has now been spelled and will return to the racetrack in time for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival later this year.

 

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