Oppy brings in the cash! Article by Tony McMahon
December 4, 2019
Why the long face Oppy?
Of course, you are disappointed you won’t be featuring at Saturday’s Triple M Rocks Callaghan Park Christmas at the races meeting?
No sorry, that’s right I forgot.
Glad it’s you and not me trekking down to Brisbane later in the week to race at Doomben on Saturday.
Now I know it is the Silly Season but I swear that Oppy muttered a “yep” and nodded his big head simultaneously when I was in his humble abode at Callaghan Park yesterday TUESDAY morning.
What’s so special about that did I envisage you pondering?
Well for one Oppy is the stable name of the Mick Attard trained 7YO racehorse Option who bobbed into the place getters money as a $101.00 shot when third in Brisbane a fortnight back.
Granted, Oppy as he prefers to be called by his attendants who act more like servants around the old boy, is no pretty face but neither is this writer in all honesty.
However, what’s it matter as in horse racing and life in general “handsome is as handsome wins” and old Oppy is a winner especially in the dollars department.
Next Saturday when Oppy contests the BM 75 (2200m), he will be having his 45th race start with earnings to date of $90,463.
That’s not chicken feed by anyone’s means and currently he is on a roll coming off a Mackay win and a Sunshine Coast second before his last start career high.
Mick Attard’s son Chris seems to have the key to Option as since his dad (not Oppy’s) relocated to Hawkesbury in September, his (Oppy not Chris) form has grown another leg.
“Don’t say that or the Old Man might get a bit toey”, Chris jested but all’s fair in love and war.
Fairs fair though, Mick Attard did win six races with Option who before moving to Rockhampton was a bit of a toff given his blue-blooded background.
Foaled in the spring of 2012 on October 10, champagne corks would have popped that night on his arrival being a son of Australian champion stallion Redoute’s Choice and Galileo’s Daughter.
The young foal had one of the best pedigrees you could have wished for as his mum was a daughter of world champion sire Galileo.
Option’s pedigree page reads like a “who’s who” of the racing world carrying the blood on his dad’s side of Danehill and Danzig while mum’s boasted Saddler’s Well.
Better still, little Oppy’s veins were infused with a double cross of Northern Dancer – it doesn’t get much better in the thoroughbred breeding world.
Naturally, it would be only the best for Option when it came to his early education with Sydney trainers Peter and Paul Snowden first cabs off the ranks at Royal Randwick.
It seems Oppy wasn’t a natural equine student as he soon changed schools as in stables to James Cummings.
The unthinkable in terms of breeding happened during the course of those early racecourse failures, little “Oppy” had “the BIG Op” and was gelded – oh dear no father time for you son.
Racing-wise, it didn’t have the desired affect which led to Oppy shall we say “expelled” to country Victoria but alas no champagne corks popped their either.
Oppy’s parents would have been downcast when their son was put up for public auction in July,2017 and banished north to Mick Attard’s in Rockhampton where he found his niche in the racing world.
After all, Rocky is a worker’s town and here Oppy at long last had discovered his destiny.
A few runs down the track and Mick and Sharon Attard celebrated with beers and wine when Option won his first race at Mackay on September 16, 2017.
So, while we are all sleeping, old Oppy and his despatch driver Kylie Welburn will be heading down the Bruce Highway in the early hours of next Friday morning Doomben bound.
Good luck old fella but better still, win, lose or draw you are staying down south spelling after Saturday.
I’ll be dammed, I swear I envisaged Oppy nodding his head again – oh well it is that Silly Season.