In the 60th edition of the OTI Gazette, we learn more about trainer Andrew Bobbin, who had his first runner just 12 months ago.
We discuss the potential sale of Sandown Racecourse and Matt Stewart chats about the Jericho Cup (to be run this Sunday). Also, we meet one of our loyal owners and introduce Tom Melbourne’s half-brother!
A CONVERSATION WITH ANDREW BOBBIN
“Horses were always around, Dad broke in a few horses for fun, and my brother and I rode horses up the steep rise, taking inspiration from the movie Phar Lap. It was on one of those rides uphill, that I decided I wanted to be a jockey or a trainer. Since I’m over 100kg now, that ruled being a jockey out!”
MORE INFORMATION NEEDED ON THE SALE OF SANDOWN
“It has been announced that RVL and the Melbourne Racing Club have signed an agreement that such a sale would only occur should it be in the best interest of racing. For many in the industry, it’s akin to saying ‘kids, we might move Christmas, we can’t tell you when, but it will be better!’.”
Iffraaj has long been a force within the stallion ranks and is fast becoming a sire of sires. Group 1 winners Wootton Bassett, Turn Me Loose, Jungle Cat, Ribchester and Wyndspelle are all making their mark at studs around the world, with Gingernuts and Jon Snow further examples of the quality of horse his bloodlines possess. Western Empire, the dominant winner of Saturday’s Group 1 Railway Stakes at Ascot and considered the next big thing out of the west, is the latest son of Iffraaj to make headlines.
It was with great delight that OTI recently secured the 2yo son of Iffraaj out of Dormez Vous from the NZB Ready to Run sales. Identified at an early age by trusted NZ Agent Phill Cataldo, responsible for the purchase of I’m Thunderstruck, Aloisia and many others, the colt presented in perfect condition on auction day. Phill commented “From the moment I laid eyes on him, I’ve been impressed. He oozes quality. For me, he was the pick of the sale”.
The colt is out of the Rip Van Winkle mare, Dormez Vous. Unraced, Dormez Vous is a half-sister to the 3-time Australian Group 1 winner Turn Me Loose (by Iffraaj). The appearance of Turn Me Loose on both sides of the family replicates the successful cross of Iffraaj with this family’s bloodlines.
Arriving to Australia earlier this week, he headed immediately into the care of Richard and Michael Freedman in Sydney. The stable has been in excellent form in recent times, which includes winning the 2021 Group 1 Golden Slipper with Stay Inside.
The short-term plan for the colt will be to familiarise himself with stable life before having a break. We will look to have the horse ready for his first race start in April, thereby giving him every chance to be ready for a stellar three-year-old season.
The NZB Ready to Run was a busy sale for OTI, with the team also bringing home a 50% interest in the Tarzino / Light Up A Screen gelding, purchased in conjunction with the Mick Price and Michael Kent Junior stable.
We look forward to both two-year-olds progressing towards their race careers with much anticipation.
For further information on the future plans of any of our horses, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the spring action winding down, OTI faces a much quieter weekend than normal. Regardless, we look forward to being represented with a runner on Ballarat Cup Day, one of the feature Country meetings on the calendar.
Saturday 20th November
Current Track Rating: Soft
This progressive son of So You Think faces his toughest test to date in what looks a very competitive Benchmark 84. You can make a case that he should be heading into this race off back-to-back Country Cup wins, so with luck in running, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him right in the finish.
Race 7 – 3:40 pm | 2000m BM84 | T: Matthew Williams | J: Dean Yendall 55kg | Barrier 6 | Saddlecloth 14
Current Track Rating: Good (Polytrack)
A filly on the up, Seixas looks well-poised to continue her winning streak. With Champion jockey Ryan Moore aboard, we expect to see her prove very competitive once again. A win would see her progress to stakes class.
Back on a good surface (hopefully), we expect to see a good deal of improvement from Sea Crossing, whose performances have been a touch underwhelming to date on Australian shores. After working well leading into this, we hope to see him hit the line strongly before stepping out in trip.
Race 6 – 4:35 pm | 1600m BM64 | T: Archie Alexander | J: Ben Allen 59kg | Barrier 1 | Saddlecloth 4
Yet to win in Australia, we need to see Milestone start to show something in a race that looks suitable on paper. Though its hard to be overly confident given his recent efforts, a return to his better form would see him ultra competitive in a race of this nature.