The Listed Straight Six showed getting the breaks means everything in racing.
Even on the wide open spaces of the Flemington straight track.
Ocean Beyond got the breaks when jockey Linda Meech needed them.
It’s our time didn’t.
Ocean Beyond duly won the race. It’sourtime finished a luckless eighth, 1¼ lengths from the winner.
The breaks went against It’s our time and his rider Jye McNeil at the worst possible time.
McNeil and It’sourtime were spat out the back when a run closed in front of the pair at the 350m.
It’s ourtime rallied again in the last 200m but luck again went against the sprinter when shut out late.
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Starting at $ 26, Ocean Beyond provided an upset result in the Straight Six for the second successive year after Romancer won at $ 101 in 2021.
“I was just looking for a way to get out without causing any interference and I had a lap full of horse,” Meech said
“I was traveling the best of anyone at the 200m.”
Luck in running and Ocean Beyond’s odds mattered little to Stawell trainer Andrew Bobbin, who notched his first stakes win on the hallowed Flemington turf.
“This is what I always wanted to do. To win one here is certainly a highlight,” Bobbin said.
Ocean Beyond had his first 11 starts for Warrnambool trainer Daniel Bowman, winning a Listed race at The Valley at only his second start.
A smiling Linda Meech returns to the mounting yard aboard Ocean Beyond. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty Images
The son of Ocean Park missed placings at his last two runs at his previous stable. Bobbin said the change of scenery has rejuvenated the talented four-year-old.
“He’s just thriving in the country environment,” Bobbin said.
“He looks like a mountain goat, he’s that woolly and rough looking, but he lives outside in a yard and clearly it’s working.”
Ocean Beyond’s win capped a terrific day for Bobbin after he won a race at Warracknabeal and finished second with Anphina in a two-year-old race at Flemington earlier in the day.
“We’re doing things differently on the farm so we’re learning every day but things are going well,” Bobbin said
“The two-year-old filly in the earlier race, we bought her for nothing and nearly won there.
“We’re heading in the right direction.”
Roughies Crestani ($ 61) and On The Lead ($ 71) filled the minor placings, leading to a massive trifecta dividend of $ 31,804.