Interesting Variety at Flemington Midweek

A Derby contender, a new arrival from France, a Group 2 winner from New Zealand and a last start winner – they all contribute to a most fascinating day for OTI runners at Flemington this Wednesday.

Petruchio was outstanding when winning at Sandown two weeks ago. Coming from last on the turn, he was balanced up beautifully in the straight by his young jockey Madison Lloyd before unleashing his sprint. A repeat of that effort, especially off a solid pace, will make him very competitive.

Petruchio (IRE) ridden by Madison Lloyd returns to the mounting yard after winning the MRC Membership Guarantee Handicap at Ladbrokes Park Lakeside Racecourse on September 01, 2021 in Springvale, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos).

Just outside of Petruchio is the barriers will be Sous Les Nuages, a son of Holy Roman Emperor, who is now with Matt Cumani. This lightly raced 5yo gelding has pleased Matt since his arrival from André Fabre’s yard in France three months ago. While destined for longer distances, he is expected to run well.

Sous Les Nuages at Matt Cumani’s Ballarat stables earlier this month.

At the top of the weights in the same race will be Hezashocka, a Group 2 winner from New Zealand who loves the wet. Purchased by the Price/Kent Stable and OTI in May, he too will relish longer journeys, however the expected wet track will feel right at home!

The major excitement of the day is likely to be centred around Inverell. This son of Shocking made his mark when winning first up at Sale with Jamie Kah aboard. With Luke Currie on top for this race, Clayton Douglas believes that he will be most competitive again and stake his claim as a serious Derby contender.

Inverell (NZ) ridden by Jamie Kah wins the Carlton Draught Maiden Plate at Sale Racecourse on August 22, 2021 in Sale, Australia. (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos).

We wish the connections of all our runners the very best of luck!

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OTI Expands Irish Stable

Following the move to Australia by Mirann (John O’Shea) and Reve De Vol (Annabel Neasham), two exciting colts have been added to OTI’s arsenal in Ireland. Both colts will hopefully afford partners the opportunity of competing in the 3yo Classics in Europe before heading south.

When offered at the Arqana sales in August, Joseph O’Brien was very keen for Terry Henderson to retain his stunning looking yearling colt by Australia out of Dealbata (by Dubawi). Terry obliged, and the colt has now broken in beautifully for Joseph.

The Australia x Dealbata ’20 colt parading at the Arqana sales in August.

Vina Sena impressed in a recent public trial at Dundalk. As trainer Henry de Bromhead was not keen for the 2yo to leave his yard, OTI was quick to act and buy him on the basis that the colt would remain with Henry until mid way through his 3yo season.

Vina Sena finishes 3rd in his trial at Dundalk in August.

While the Australia colt is not likely to appear on a racetrack until mid next year, Vina Sena, a son of Vadamos, will run within the month. Henry believes that the form shown in the trial will be replicated in his first race, especially as he’ll be running over a distance more in keeping with the colt’s breeding and racing characteristics.

Ireland continues to be a fertile nursery for horses destined for long term careers in Australia. On the back of the exploits of Ottoman Emperor, Mirann and True Self, the relationship between Irish and Australian racing will continue to develop. These latest two colts are typical of horses that OTI believes can be successful in both countries.

Please contact for further information on the plans for these colts.

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OTI Gazette | Issue 55

In this edition of the Gazette, we get an insight into the life of a fan favourite jockey, Dean Yendall, look at the highs and lows of racing and introduce a new mare to the Phillip Stokes camp. Also, Matt Stewart talks about horses capturing the imagination of the public.

As always, there is plenty to unpack!


‘I’ve ridden against many good jockeys over the years and it brings out the best in us. When I’m riding against Christine I am always aware where she is in the race, but it is every man for himself out there. I’m always hoping that if I can’t win that she will. We are the first married couple to be in a dead heat after that happened at Mildura a few years ago.’


‘So celebrate long and hard when success flows. It will help sustain those times when the news is not so welcoming. And when that bad news comes and you are comfortable that actions are being taken to turn fortunes around, it pays, as one long time racing philosopher once said, “to turn the page”.’

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