Ocean storms to victory on Cup Day

Nov 08, 2017

It wasn't the Melbourne Cup but Shea achieved one of his career goals at Flemington on Tuesday when he trained his first winner on Cup Day.

And what a win it was as OCEAN EMBERS (5yo m Beneteau x Burningwood) stormed to a famous victory for Nikita Beriman - a victory that has certainly made a few of the owners famous after some raucous celebrations.

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"On paper her form had looked a little off but if you took the time to read her times and analyse things a bit further you could see how well she was going," said Shea.

"I was so confident that once we got her out to 1200m she would deliver - and she did!"

Coming from last on the grandstand side, Ocean Embers ripped home with some lightning sectionals to run out an easy length winner, defeating Faatinah, a horse with G1 form this preparation.

For jockey Nikita Beriman, it was a well deserved win for patience and perseverence.

"The whole team has worked so hard to get this win - I'm thrilled to be a part of it. She's a very good horse," said the G1 winning jockey.

For the team at our stable the Ocean Embers success story is an important one - we currently have her 2yo half-sister by Manhattan Rain in work as well as the 2yo daughter of another half-sister by Dalakhani.

Hopefully those two fillies can carry on the family success story in our colours in years to come.