Racing returns to the Valley

This weekend sees OTI have the five city runners. Four will line-up at Moonee Valley, while our newest addition is set to take his place over in York.

The action begins with Loresho and Master Zephyr both contesting the 2500m Open Handicap, which is scheduled to commence at 12:25 pm (AEST).  Master Zephyr will be aiming to make it two in a row following his fantastic win at Flemington last start, where he ran down his rivals to win by a head. He again will be partnered by young gun apprentice, Benny Allen. Master Zephyr has shown his shown a great appreciation for the Valley, having previously won twice over the same distance. His fitness and form should see him in the finish once again.

Loresho is stepping up in distance up from 2000m to 2500m on Saturday. The import finished a solid 4th in his last up run at Flemington over 2000m, just over 1 length behind the winner, Aloft a Lloyd Williams Melbourne Cup hopeful. 2500m is his preferred distance, and after a patient preparation from Darren Weir, we are now ready to see the best of this 7-year-old black stallion.

The Matt Cumani-trained Grey Lion kicks off his spring campaign on Saturday in a 1500m Open Handicap. This son of Galileo has thrived since spending time down at the Warrnambool beaches under the care of Matty Williams. The horse has been working extremely well, winning his two trials. Ben Melham takes the ride, and the soft track should work in Grey Lion’s favour. His recent work suggests he will hit the line strongly.

Lord Van Percy resumes for his spring campaign at the Valley in race eight against Grey Lion. Being a true stayer, he will find the 1500m Hcp much too short, but it will serve as an excellent first-up run to build his race fitness.

Dark Pearl is set for his run in the Melrose Handicap at York on Saturday night. This stunning colt is one of OTI’s latest acquisitions and impressed in his first up run in our silks, running a strong 3rd at Ascot over 2400m on a heavy track. Out of his four starts, this 3YO trained by Ed Walker is yet to be unplaced, and we expect to see a great performance tomorrow.

Good luck to all involved!

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Vin de Dance impresses Murray Baker following a strong trial

Vin de Dance is a step closer to a race debut after a strong trial win at Avondale earlier this week. The unraced son of Roc de Cambes, impressive in his work to date, looks a serious Derby prospect.  Trainers Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman appear to rate him highly.  Vin de Dance has been nominated for both the Guineas and Derby in the upcoming spring carnival.

Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman have an enviable record as a training partnership.  Most particularly with three-year-olds. In the autumn alone, they won both the ATC Derby with Jon Snow and the ATC Oaks with Bonneval.  Mongolian Khan and It’s a Dundeel are two others trained by the duo to great success.

After a strong barrier trial as a two-year-old at Waipa in April, Vin de Dance was put away for the late autumn/early winter period.  Various Derbies in his three-year-old season immediately became a prime goal.  

Back in work now as a three-year-old, Vin de Dance has had two trials and is ready to head to the races.  As you will see in the attached video, his trial win earlier this week was full of merit.  He led from go to whoa in conditions that were not suitable.  He is a horse that will be better on top of the ground rather than the heavier conditions he is currently working in. 

As a son of Roc de Cambes, after his three-year-old season he should then race on as an older horse.  He’s Our Rokkii, a Group One winning son of Roc de Cambes as a four-year-old, is a prime example of the ability of the breed to do so.  

It promises to be an enjoyable ride for his owners.  Opportunities remain to be involved in this young galloper. 

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