A mammoth weekend is afoot for OTI and its partners with five runners spread across three states. On Saturday, three last start winners will head to the starting gates at Caulfield, Morphetville and Toowoomba.
Fastnet Latina will attempt to win four on end when he heads to Morphetville for a 1600M MB75 (Race 5). Trained by Archie Alexander, this colt had his first two starts in the USA before coming to Australia to recuperate from a tendon injury. Just getting the entire back to the track was seen as a major success, but to have backed that up with three successive wins has provided owners a great thrill.
Alexander has done a tremendous job in preparing this horse and Jordan Childs has steered him perfectly in all three starts. Alexander is delighted with Fastnet Latina’s condition heading into the race and from gate five Childs will undoubtedly give the 5YO every chance to extend his winning streak.
A huge contingent of owners celebrated his Moonee Valley win last start and it’s expected a large group will head to Adelaide hopeful of another victory.
Stone Warrior was able to break-through for an overdue win at Morphettville on March 4 when expertly piloted by Daniel Moor. The win ended a run of frustrating placings due largely to inside barriers and provided Lee and Anthony Freedman just reward for a strong campaign.
Moor is back in the saddle as Stone Warrior heads to Caulfield for an 1800M BM78 (Race 2). The 4YO gelding heads into the contest off a freshen-up and was kept up to the mark with a Flemington jump-out last Friday – he should be most competitive.
Murwillumbah trainer, Matt Dunn, has had to endure flooding from ex-tropical cyclone Debbie and on Saturday he will take Caillebotte in the Toowoomba Cup. The last start Doomben winner will have to overcome barrier 16 but is in excellent order ahead of the run.
On Sunday, OTI will have two strong chances. The Tony McEvoy trained, Zapping, will be out to atone for two luckless runs as he strives to break his maiden over 1600M at Echuca. Rounding out a big weekend will be last start Grand Handicap winner, Duke Of Ellington, who will tackle the time-honoured Terang Cup.
It promises to be a busy weekend and a most exciting one as we saddle up five runners, all with genuine winning claims. OTI wishes its partners all the best.