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OTI Racing | Weekend Preview

Lady Laguna headlines our weekend runners as things start to heat up ahead of the spring.

Saturday, August 13

Eagle Farm

Current Track Rating: Good

Barade

It was great to see this fellow return to the winner’s stall last start, thanks to a top training performance from Jack Bruce. With further improvement taken from that run, he should again be very competitive on Saturday. Hopefully the rain stays away, given his best performances have come on good ground.

Race 3 – 12:38pm | 2200m BM90 | T: Jack Bruce | J: Jim Byrne 57.5kg | Barrier 9 | Saddlecloth 4

Barade (FR) ridden by Declan Bates wins the Very Special Kids Pin and Win Trophy at Flemington Racecourse on November 07, 2020 in Flemington, Australia. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos).

Rosehill

Current Track Rating: Soft

Corncrake

Corncrake is set to make his long-awaited return on Saturday, after an injury-forced layoff of over two years. Given the extended break, there is little doubt that he will need the run on Saturday. Providing he stays sound, we look forward to seeing what he can do later in the preparation.

Race 7 – 2:55pm | 1800m BM78 | T: Matthew Smith | J: Joshua Parr 58kg | Barrier 4 | Saddlecloth 6

Corncrake winning at Kembla Grange on March 13, 2020.

Caulfield

Current Track Rating: Good

Lady Laguna

Exciting filly Lady Laguna kicks off her spring campaign in Saturday’s G3 Quezette Stakes. On the back of two pleasing trial performances, she heads into her return in great shape. Having mixed it with Sydney’s top fillies in the autumn, we expect her to acquit herself well on Saturday.

Race 6 – 3:15pm | 1100m G3 Quezette Stakes | T: Annabel Neasham | J: Ben Melham 56kg | Barrier 8 | Saddlecloth 7

Lady Laguna winning at Rosehill in November, 2021.

Gold Coast

Current Track Rating: Good

Gambu

Chris Waller has taken a steady approach with this young stayer, who remains a work in progress. Having already showed good ability in his first racing preparation, we hope that he can return a more furnished horse this time in. A victory on return would top off a great week for the family, after his half-brother Coppleson, made a winning debut for OTI connections earlier in the week.

Race 9 – 4:44pm | 1350m BM62 | T: Chris Waller | J: Luke Dittman 57.5kg | Barrier 8 | Saddlecloth 9

Gambu winning at Ipswich in January, 2022.

Sunday, August 14

Tramore (IRE)

Current Track Rating: Good

Knightlaila

Knightlaila strikes a suitable race in the early hours of Sunday morning (Aust time), where a forward showing is expected. Although he has mixed his form this preparation, his best would see him right in the mix here.

Race 5 – 4:00am | 2400m Handicap | T: Johnny Murtagh | J: Ben Martin Coen kg | Barrier 3 | Saddlecloth 7

Knightlaila winning at Gowran Park in May, 2022.

Deauville (FR)

Current Track Rating: Good

Athabascan

Promising three-year-old colt Athabascan heads to Deauville on Sunday, in what appears an even contest at Listed level. The son of Almanzor has done well since his second placing last time out, and we are hopeful that he can go one better this weekend.

Race 3 – 10:33pm | 2000m Listed Prix Nureyev | T: Andre Fabre | J: 57kg | Barrier | Saddlecloth 5

Athabascan winning at Saint-Cloud in May, 2022

Good luck to everyone involved!

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Lady Laguna to kick off prep in G3 Neds Quezette Stakes

After a successful 2yo season, Lady Laguna will kick off her 3yo campaign with the Group 3 Neds Quezette Stakes on Saturday at Caulfield with Ben Melham booked to ride.

The filly by Overshare has shown plenty of speed in her previous races, but Saturday’s race will show if she will continue to race over sprint distance or follow the path to a 1000 Guineas campaign.

Probably the most exciting start last season was in the G1 Golden Slipper, where she battled against some of the strongest two-year-olds in the country.

According to trainer Annabel Neasham, the filly has worked well Melbourne Way and is ready to kick off her preparation on Saturday. With some rain expected for the weekend, the conditions should turn out good for her first up run.

Watch her latest trial win below, which was over 900m and won by 0,9 length, ridden by Tommy Berry.

Trial win July 29, 2022 (OTI colours)

See the full field and all race details here.

Best of luck to all involved!

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Top Class 4yo Stallion joins OTI

Longvillers is a very imposing 4yo stallion, who was recently acquired by OTI, with his previous owner and breeder, Gerard Augustin Normand retaining 50% of him. He is very sound, correct and has the looks of a champion. He handles all surfaces but is especially strong with sting out of the ground. To go with his good looks, he can sustain a strong sprint in races up to 2000m.

Longvillers has raced 13 time for 3 wins 3 seconds and 4 thirds and is rated 102 in France. He has been placed 3 times in stakes races.

Longvillers winning at Saint-Cloud (FR) in April, 2022 (white silks, purple cap)

Being by Le Havre (who Augustin-Normand owned as a racehorse and stallion), Longvillers will continue to improve as a 5yo. Now deceased, Le Havre was one of France’s top sires for many years. He is well known to OTI as the sire of Harbour Views. The family is strong throughout and includes the Australian champion racehorse, Pierro in the third dam.

Longvillers is planned to start in a G3 1600m race in Deauville on August 28. He will then transfer to Chris Waller’s control in the UK to be prepared for the Five Diamonds, a new $2m race for 5yo’s over 1800m in Sydney on November 5.

The Five Diamonds could only be the first step in what should be an exciting career for the horse in Australia.

We look forward to an exciting future with this handsome boy!

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