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’s article on Renew following his impressive win in the Galleywood.

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Kellstorm impresses in Australian debut

The impeccably bred son of Galileo, Kellstorm, produced a stellar first-up win at Warrnambool on Wednesday. Trained by Darren Weir, the entire is a full-brother to the multiple Group 1 winner, Order Of St George.

Kellstorm showed glimpses of good ability in his five starts in the United Kingdom before being purchased by OTI and transported to Australia.

The flashy chestnut certainly commands attention in the mounting yard and his appearance on Wednesday is testament to the work the Weir stable have done.

There was little expectation heading into Kellstorm’s Australian debut over the unsuitably short 1400M. His trials had been modest, albeit he had shown improvement, the Weir stable were hoping to see the 4YO hit the line with an eye to future races over further.

Ridden by Brad Rawiller, Kellstorm drifted back to the second half of the field and always travelled comfortably for the expert hoop. Coming to the home bend he moved into the race strongly before taking the lead in the shadows of the post for a narrow, but decisive win.

Exact plans for Kellstorm are undecided at this stage, but being lightly-raced he will be slowly progressed through his grades. OTI would like to congratulate all partners on Wednesday’s win and hopefully it’s the first step in an exciting journey.

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