Few experiences on this earth can compare to the deep, resounding rumble of hooves breezing down a turf straight. Coupled with a hopeful crowd, it is an unmistakable sound.
To Andrew Gemmell, it is the sound that changed his life forever.
Gemmell was born blind and spent his early years listening to sports coverage on the radio from his bedroom in Shropshire, England. After discovering the captivating sounds of a racetrack, he had his heart set on attending the York carnival which only strengthened his passion for the sport.
His passion for horse racing was etched into history when Paisley Park, the horse that he bought in 2015, won 8 major jumps races including the Grade 1 Stayers’ Hurdle.
He is currently part owner of French galloper Trueshan, based at Barbury Castle. Trueshan was catapulted into the ranks of history when he won last year’s Goodwood Cup, followed by the Prix du Cadran in France. Trueshan was awarded the prestigious European Cartier Champion Stayer Award in 2021 for his success over distance races.
Gemmell’s horses have taken him all around the world, most often to Australia.
Gemmell is a part owner of OTI’s Rider In The Snow, who won the 3200m Maiden Hurdle at the Warrnambool Carnival last week. The 7yo Gelding is trained by Symon Wilde and has proven his tenacity and talent over the jumps, which we are hopeful will continue throughout his jumps career.
OTI Racing is delighted to share such a fantastic win alongside Andy Gemmell and have high hopes for Rider In The Snow’s future.