The current season has been remarkable for OTI and our racing partners. Classic victories in both Australia & Europe have been just two of the 10 Group wins during the year.
So You Think colt, Quick Thinker, had an amazing 3-year-old year. Three Group wins, all in New South Wales, ensured both his Australian & New Zealand based connections enjoyed a special journey with their horse. A win in the G3 Ming Dynasty in August was followed by the G2 Tulloch Stakes in March, a week prior to his crowning moment in the G1 Australian Derby at Randwick.
Quick Thinker’s Derby win completed Australasia’s four Derbies for OTI. Brambles (Queensland), Kibbutz (Victoria) and Vin de Dance (New Zealand) were previous Derby winners. Terry Henderson, OTI’s CEO, had previously won the Australian Derby with Dance the Day Away, when the race was based in Perth.
Unbeaten in her three career starts, the daughter of Night of Thunder won the G2 Italian Oaks at San Siro on July 5. She will soon move to trainer Mario Baratti in Chantilly and be targeted towards feature races in France and possibly the Breeder’s Cup weekend in November. It promises to be an exciting period for our owners and we look forward to sharing it with our Italian partners.
Following a 2nd placing in the Geelong Cup, True Self was a dominant winner of the G3 Queen Elizabeth on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The mare is raced by Australian & Irish partners and they look forward to seeing her in Melbourne once again this spring.
His win in the G2 Victomtesse Vigier at Chantilly in June was significant given the aspirations held for the stayer across the Melbourne Spring Carnival. With runs planned in either the Kergorlay or Ebor, a start in the Melbourne Cup is on the radar of the Fabrice Chappet trained 5-year-old after.
Trained by Joseph O’Brien, Downdraft was a strong winner of the G3 Hotham Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day. The performance booked the 5-year-old a ticket into the Melbourne Cup, fulfilling what is the dream of many owners to have a Cup runner.
A breakthrough win in the G3 Neville Sellwood was the first of five Group wins across the autumn for OTI. It was a much-deserved reward for the talented galloper and his group of connections, after enduring some bad luck in quality races across the season.
The son of Fastnet Rock will be coming back from a career best preparation when he returns in the spring. Trained by Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young, the 6-year-old showed an affinity for Caulfield, winning the G3 Easter Cup as well as the Listed Victoria Handicap.
Le Juge defended his crown in the G3 Chairman’s Handicap at Doomben at what his 16th start of the preparation. It was also the 7-year-old’s 8th victory since arriving in Australia from France at the end of 2017.
We thank our partners for their ongoing support and look forward to sharing in future success with you in the 2020/21 season.