A big contingent set for the ‘Bool

As the traditional Warrnambool May Carnival approaches, several OTI runners are gearing up to tackle an array of races over the three days.

The May Carnival is steeped in over 160 years of history and is world-renowned as a quality jumping carnival. The Galleywood Hurdle along with Grand Annual and Brierley Steeplechases headline the week over the jumps while the Warrnambool Cup and time-honoured Wangoom Handicap are the standout flat races.

The Darren Weir trained, Renew, has taken to his jumping career with aplomb having produced two dominant wins from as many starts. Early plans had this 7YO son of Dansili targeting the Novice Hurdle during the Carnival but his 10L Maiden romp at Warrnambool followed by an easy 3.5L win at Oakbank have instead seen Weir target the Galleywood Hurdle.

Weir has eyed off the 1700M Handicap on Day one at the ‘Bool with the promising stayer, Gallic Chieftain. The 4YO was most impressive when winning in fast time at Morphettville prior to a spell and a recent jump-out suggests he’s in good order. He’s in for an exciting preparation as he continues to climb through the grades and a strong showing is expected first up.

Lee and Anthony Freedman are headed to Warrnambool in search of a track with more give it in with Stone Warrior. The ultra-consistent galloper uncharacteristically poor at Caulfield last start with Daniel Moor reporting he failed to handle the hard surface. The 5YO gelding heads to the 1700M Neville Wilson Series Final (BM70) on the final day of the carnival.

The flashy Grey Lion is in the mix for the Warrnambool Cup. Trainer, Matt Cumani, is weighing up whether to head to the ‘Bool or run the 5YO in the Wagga Cup the following day.

The Warrnambool Carnival is a throwback to the halcyon days. Huge crowds, a vibrant betting ring and a cracking nightlife in the coastal town combine create a tremendous experience for racegoers. OTI wishes the club all the very best for another carnival and we look forward to getting down there and hopefully enjoying some success on the track.


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Vin De Dance Impresses in Trial

OTI’s New Zealand based 2YO son of Roc De Cambes, Vin De Dance, was most impressive in his first official barrier trial at Waipa on Tuesday.

Vin De Dance is trained by Australian Derby and Oaks winning duo, Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman. Baker had a hand in purchasing the horse and he has done nothing but impress in his first preparation.

On the back of a quiet jump-out two weeks prior, Vin De Dance went to Waipa for further education. He was slow to begin but quickly mustered to race on speed. Early in the straight he responded strongly to riding before being eased up and costing to the post strongly late. The winner of the trial is a proven sprinter who ran second on debut and the overall time solid for the morning.



Forsman was instantly delighted with the work. Rather than press on to the races as New Zealand descends into winter, he suggested the best course of action was to immediately spell Vin De Dance and give him the best chance to excel in the spring.

Vin De Dance has done everything right to date. His breeding, action and temperament suggest he is going to be a quality stayer and his trainers very much share that view. He will be firmly aimed at the Victoria Derby at Flemington over the Spring Carnival – a race Murray Baker has a great affinity with.

A limited number of shares in Vin De Dance are still available, please contact the office for more information.

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