Le Juge Defends Crown in Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap

The consistency of Le Juge and patience of his connections was duly rewarded with Group success at Doomben on Saturday.

Purchased by Coolmore for €850,000 out of an Arqana Yearling Sale in August 2014, Le Juge was originally bought as a stallion prospect. He was acquired by OTI from Coolmore in 2017 and continued to race under Andre Fabre in Chantilly.

After relocating to Australia in late 2017, he arrived into the care of Chris Waller. Initially taking some time to acclimatise, his breakthrough win came at Doomben in December 2018.

On the back of this performance, Le Juge went on to win 6 races and placed on 3 other occasions from his next 9 starts in Queensland.

A winner of last year’s G3 Chairman’s Handicap (2000m), the 7-year-old was able to successfully defend his title in what was his 16th start of a preparation that began in September 2019. Racing well throughout, Saturday showcased Le Juge’s ability to perform at Group level.

Chris Waller will now assess what the short-term future looks like for Le Juge. Showing few signs of slowing down, we look forward to seeing him in the winners stall again soon.

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The OTI Gazette – Issue No. 10

This week’s edition contains:

– OTI News
– A preview of our weekend runners
– Q & A with longtime owner Laurie Larmer
– Fun & Games
– John Hammond details training methodology in different horses

Click here to read issue No. 10!

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OTI Racing Weekend Preview – May 30

Inverloch is enjoying a career best preparation for trainers Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young. On Saturday at Caulfield, he returns to the scene of his G3 Easter Cup victory.

The 6-year-old has demonstrated a particular liking for the 2000m at Caulfield, winning two races and running 2nd on two other occasions from four starts over the course and distance this campaign.

His trainers are confident the horse is set to run well in the final event of the day (Race 9 – 4:38pm). He will also appreciate the weight relief for Thomas Stockdale (57.5kg) after carrying 62kg in the Warrnambool Cup last start.

At Doomben, 7-year-old Le Juge tackles the G3 Chairman’s Handicap (Race 7 – 2:55pm). After four consecutive runs at 2200m with the top weight, he will carry just 54kg on Saturday.

From a favourable draw, trainer Chris Waller expects the horse to run well up in class. Le Juge worked strongly during the week as he continues to race consistently throughout his preparation.

Best of luck to all of our partners this weekend!

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