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.

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Casterton ready to break through


Champion French trainer, Andre Fabre, is most excited about the prospects of Casterton. The OTI owned son of Fastnet Rock has been the bridesmaid in two starts to date but has shown enough for Fabre to eye off a potential Derby start with the colt.

Casterton is part of OTI’s 2015 Fastnet Rock package that see’s thirteen European-trained horses named after Victorian country towns. Casterton is a town just east of the South Australian border and boasts a thriving jumps racing community.

Andre Fabre is one of the best-known and most successful trainers in the world. Fabre has been the champion trainer in France a staggering 24 times, including 21 straight years from 1987-2007. Fabre is focused on racing quality stock and it’s most promising that he holds Casterton is such high regard.

The 3YO slogged through very heavy conditions when resuming at Compiegne, his first run for the season. Jockey, Pierre-Charles Boudot, speared Casterton to the outside fence in the straight to seek better going but he was ultimately beaten by a horse that relished the mud. It was a most pleasing return to the track and he will benefit getting onto a drier surface.


Casterton will have his second start for the season at Chantilly on Thursday over 2000M (R2 at 9.10pm AEST). With relatively fine weather forecast the track should be suitably firm and Fabre believes Casterton should get every chance to break his maiden status.

There’s no doubt Casterton has a bright future and Thursday’s race will help guide his coming campaign. Everything being well, the colt will make his way to Australia later in the year with an eye to our better staying races. OTI wishes its partners all the best at Chantilly on Thursday.

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