The OTI Gazette – Issue No. 40

In our first Gazette of 2021, we chat to Annabel Neasham about making the move to Australia, her bourgeoning stable and winning the gruelling Mongol Derby. Plus, Matt Stewart reflects on this week’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

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OTI race Siyouni colt with Christophe Ferland

When the opportunity to acquire a well-bred Siyouni colt with all the attributes of a star arose, the OTI team had no hesitation in securing him.

The colt’s striking physique and excellent bloodlines immediately captured OTI’s CEO Terry Henderson’s interest.

“He is beautifully conformed, with an impressive, muscular frame and his breeding is exceptional,” Henderson said.

“Since being broken in with France’s leading educator, Philip Baratte, and commencing work with Christophe Ferland, he has really furnished into himself and is starting to demonstrate his potential” he added.

The colt entered the Bordeaux stables of Group 1 winning trainer, Christophe Ferland late last year and has settled seamlessly into his work. All reports from the stable indicate that the colt is doing everything right and continues to go from strength to strength in his work.

Henderson said that the colt should race as a two-year-old in the European summer, before hopefully developing into a classic three-year-old type and then ideally moving up to Group level.

The colt descends from a superior bloodline. His sire, three-time Group 1 winner Siyouni, was crowned France’s Champion Sire of 2020. Siyouni’s stallion credentials continue to grow, with his top-class progeny featuring six Group 1 winners including Arc de Triomphe winner Sottsass and French Oaks winner Laurens.

The colt’s dam side is also of high quality, being out of winning mare Sailor Moon, who has already produced two Stakes winners. Sailor Moon is also a half-sister to the dam of Contributer who won the Group 1 Chipping Norton and Group 1 Ranvet Stakes.

To find out more about plans for this exciting colt contact us here.

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I’m Thunderstruck set for Caulfield debut

Exciting three-year-old, I’m Thunderstruck will make his race day debut at Caulfield on Wednesday afternoon.

The son of Shocking steps out for OTI and the Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr stable in a 3yo Maiden over 1200m (Race 3 – 4:50 pm). Michael Dee is booked to ride from barrier four.

OTI’s General Manager Shayne Driscoll commented that the team was excited to see I’m Thunderstruck make his debut and were optimistic of his chances in the race.

“While he has taken a little longer than we anticipated to get to the track, he really settled into his work at the back end of 2020.

“He’s now got two impressive Australian trials under his belt. Plus, he is at his home track, so he has got a few things going for him.

“We think he will be extremely competitive,” he added.

3yo gelding, I'm Thunderstruck debuts at Caulfield tomorrow

I’m Thunderstruck was acquired by OTI in partnership with Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr, in New Zealand in August last year.

Since the gelding arrived in Australia, the stable has taken a patient approach with him, bypassing the spring. He instead enjoyed a short spell before easing into work, where he has consistently impressed the stable.

OTI is hoping to see I’m Thunderstruck demonstrate his staying prowess on debut. Should he run to expectations, the team has one eye on guineas targets in the autumn.

I Am Ready also represents OTI at Caulfield tomorrow, when she contests an 1100m Maiden (Race 2 – 4:15 pm) for Lloyd Kennewell, with Joe Bowditch jumping from barrier eight.

The team at OTI wishes I’m Thunderstruck and I Am Ready’s owners the best of luck tomorrow!

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