Oh Oklahoma off the mark at Grafton

Oh Oklahoma sired his first winner at Grafton on Tuesday. The former Victorian based sire moved off the mark when Oh He Will Go scored a half-length victory in the Maclean Bowling Club Maiden Plate (1410m).

Oh Oklahoma (Singspiel) was trained by Tim Martin to win three races in Sydney and he was also a neck second to De Beers at G1 level in the 2006 Rosehill Guineas.

That first winner coincides with an intended comeback to the track for Oh Oklahoma. He is owned by a syndicate that includes the family of Martin’s wife Melanie. Now a rising ten year-old, he was placed in a Rosehill trial on April 2.

Oh Oklahoma was originally retired to Ilala Stud in 2007, however, E.I. struck shortly after he arrived in the Hunter Valley and his first book was limited to 35 mares.

Subsequently transferred to Victoria, he stood at Allan Hills Farm in Nagambie before the decision was made to put him back into work.

Oh He Will Go (3g Oh Oklahoma – Shenogo by Show A Heart) started a $3.30 favourite at Grafton for a syndicate that includes local trainer John Shelton. He was stepping up to 1400m for the first time after finishing second at Coffs Harbour last month.

Oh He Will Go is from an unraced daughter of NZ stakes winner Japari (Deputy Governor).