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Wagga Cup on Pemberley’s radar

Pemberley will head north of the Murray on Friday in search of success in the Listed Wagga Cup (Race 7, 4.20pm).

Trained by Ciaron Maher, the five-year-old came of age last preparation when winning the Murtoa Cup before going on to place in the Herbert Power and ultimately gaining a start in the Caulfield Cup.

Pemberley showed he had returned in tremendous order with a fast-finishing fifth when resuming over the mile at Caulfield in an on-pace dominated affair. He had been trialling strongly leading into the run so it pleasing to see him perform so well.

The 2000M of the Wagga Cup is ideal for Pemberley second-up and from an advantageous draw, Jay Ford should enjoy a lovely run in transit. The Maher stable have had this race in mind for some time and this gelding has historically improved second-up.

Pemberley’s short-term future lies in Queensland where he will be targeted at a couple of races over the Winter Carnival. The ultimate aim is seen as the Brisbane Cup over 2400M on June 10.

A most competitive run is expected from Pemberley on Friday and OTI would like to wish all owners the best of luck.

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A Preview: Warrnambool Day 3

Day two of the Warrnambool Carnival provided much excitement for OTI partners with both Kellstorm and Renew producing wins.

OTI would like to congratulate the club on the successful auction held to raise funds for Brenton Primmer as he strives to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. We look forward to racing the son of Magic Albert with the winning bidder.

A highlight on the final day is the running of the time-honoured Warrnambool Cup (Race 8 – 3.15pm) over 2350M.  Having won the race as recently as 2015 with Tall Ship, Grey Lion will be out to repeat the dose for OTI in 2017.

Trained by Matt Cumani, Grey Lion was runner-up in the 2016 Geelong Cup before a midfield effort in the Melbourne Cup. He resumed at Caulfield on Easter Saturday and copped a check rounding the home bend before dropping out late.

By Galileo, this striking grey gelding will derive plenty of benefit for his first-up run. He’s certainly better suited up to the 2350M of the Warrnambool Cup and, if he can get through the testing ground, should be very competitive.

Stone Warrior will tackle the Neville Wilson Final over 1700M (Race 9 – 3.55pm.). This ultra-consistent galloper is coming off a rare poor performance when down the track at Caulfield. That effort was the first time he has been unplaced from seven starts this campaign and certainly out of character.

Jockey, Daniel Moor, said the ground was simply ‘too hard’ for him that day and he will enjoy getting onto softer going at the ‘Bool. Drawn well in gate three, Moor should secure a nice run in transit and give the gelding every chance to return to form.

It has been a great Carnival to date and we both congratulate the Warrnambool Racing Club and wish them all the best ahead of the last day.

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‘Renewed by Weir, now a Galleywood winner’

Please click here to read Racing.com’s article on Renew following his impressive win in the Galleywood.

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