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A European double for OTI

It was a tremendous weekend for OTI in Europe with exciting winners in both England and France.

Fastnet Tempest contested a strong seven furlong (1400M) race down the famous straight track at Ascot in the early hours of Sunday morning. The 4YO Gelding was coming off a third at Newbury where he looked the winner before somewhat ‘shirking the task’ over the final furlong.

Sent out a 5/1 favourite at Ascot, there were high hopes for Fastnet Tempest. His trainer, William Haggas, felt the gelding was a little fresh first-up and was confident he’d settled down heading into the race.

Britain’s leading female jockey, Josephine Gordon, ensured Fastnet Tempest had cover for much of the race before exposing him late. Once clear, the gelding powered to the line, recording a 3/4L victory. Given the horse has a few quirks it was a most impressive ride.

Fastnet Tempest has now booked his ticket to Royal Ascot in late-June and we look forward to seeing a number of OTI owners over there.

 

Casterton is part of OTI’s 2015 package of Fastnet Rock horses named after Victorian country towns.

The 3YO colt had shown promise in his short career and franked trainer, Andre Farbe’s opinion of the horse with a very strong win over 2500M at Deauville early Monday morning. Ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot, Casterton settled second to last before making a mid-race move and sustaining a four-wide run to win by a comfortable three length margin.

Depending on his next run, Casterton may well be aimed at the Group 1 Prix De Paris in July. There is a plethora of options for Casterton in France later in the year and down the track the colt could well grace Australia shores for our better staying races. He’s a promising colt with a bright future ahead.

 

 

OTI would like to congratulate all partners on these very exciting results.

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Strong hopes in both hemispheres

OTI looks to have two terrific chances flying the flag this weekend, Duke Of Ellington and Fastnet Tempest.

Trained by Ciaron Maher, Duke Of Ellington is headed to a 2000M Handicap on his home track at Caulfield on Saturday (Race 6, 2.55pm). The ex-French galloper has enjoyed a successful preparation having won the Grand Handicap at Flemington two starts back before finishing second in the Stawell Cup.

The 5YO gelding heads into Saturday’s assignment in super order having bypassed a trip to Morphettville in preference of this 2000M contest. The Maher stable reported Duke Of Ellington worked very well this week and from a slightly awkward draw he will look to settle midfield and finish off strongly.

A world away at Ascot Racecourse in the UK, Fastnet Tempest will do battle in the wee hours of Sunday morning Race 4, 1AM AST). It’s a high-quality affair over seven furlongs featuring a whopping twenty-seven runners down the famous straight course.

Fastnet Tempest is a highly-talented galloper that possess a few quirks. He looked to have the race ‘shot to bits’ at Newbury most recently when darting two lengths clear before ‘switching off’ over the last 100M.

The 4YO son of Fastnet Rock is certainly testing the patience of champion trainer, William Haggas, but it’s hoped he will race a little more tractably. Fastnet Tempest is to be ridden by the very talented young hoop, Josephine Gordon, who is Britian’s leading female rider.

OTI wishes its partners the best success at both ends of the globe with what appear two very strong chances this weekend.

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The Prinz eyeing off stakes success

Talented French galloper, Prince Hlodowig, looks very well suited in a Listed race at Maisons-Laffitte on Wednesday night (Race 2, 9.10 AEST).

Trained by champion French trainer, Mikel Delzangles, Prince Hlodowig out of Princess Cheri which makes him a half-sister to the talented Sydney galloper, Prince Cheri. Delzangles is well-known to Australian racing fans thanks to the feats of his champion galloper, Dunedin.

Prinz Hlodowig showed great promise when winning his Maiden with ease at his second start before a luckless second at Group 3 level at Chantilly. He resumed this season in the Group 3 Prix La Force over 1800M, where he got back to last before encountering traffic at a crucial stage.

Although only a field of five, it’s a top-quality line-up at Maisons-Laffitte on Wednesday. Three of the five runners, Prinz Hlodowig included, are still in French Derby calculations with the outcome of this race to determine the path forward.

It’s expected that Prinz Hlodowig will settle handier to the leaders and the small field should ensure he gets an uninterrupted run to the line. Delzangles has reported the horse has come on in condition from his first-up run and if he can race more tractably he should be right in the finish.

OTI wishes partners in this horse all the very best for Wednesday night and hopefully Prinz Hlodowig can justify pushing onto the Derby with a strong performance.

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