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OTI’s imports taking the stage at Flemington

OTI is set for another big weekend of racing with many imported runners again taking the stage.

Chasing Great kicks it off for a 1600m maiden in Ruakaka, NZ on Saturday morning for Donna Logan’s stable.  Donna has taken her time with this huge horse as he’s taken quite some time to grow into his frame, everything is now coming together for this son of Postponed. On the 17th of June, Chasing Great had his race debut over 1400m, where he settled toward the rear of the field and made up good ground in the straight, showing his impressive turn of foot to finish 6th of 14. We hope to see Great improvement off this boy tomorrow.

We have four runners at Flemington over two races on ‘Finals day’.

Duke Of Ellington (2nd in the Stawell Cup) and Master Zephyr (winner of the 2016 Terang Cup) will go head to head in race 2 over 2000m. Duke OF Ellington will need to be returning to his good form displayed back in March when he had a dominating win over 2000m at Flemington, as his last two runs have been a little below par.  Darren Weir has freshened Master Zephyr in 2 hurdles trials leading into this race in the hopes of rejuvenating his competitive edge on the track. Master Zephyr has shown some real enthusiasm in this hurdle trials, and we hope to see him bring this to Flemington tomorrow.

In Race 6 over 2600m, Nordic Flight from Archie Alexander’s stable will be up against Shakopee for Simon Morrish. Nordic Flight is new on the scene to the Ballarat lifestyle and seems to be enjoying the change of environment, his last run at Flemington on June 24 over 2500m where he finished 7th was a vast improvement for the German import. He has improved from this run and will be a good each-way chance tomorrow.

Shakopee has come on in leaps and bounds since his win at Sandown on June 14 over 2400m, this handsome son of High Chaparral will be a very competitive runner tomorrow.  He is still a little green in the straight and has plenty of improvement to come with race experience.

Casterton is a very progressive 3YO colt by Fastnet Rock, trained by Andre Fabre in Chantilly. He will step up to stakes level tomorrow night at Nantes over 2300m in a listed event. Fabre has always had great confidence in this horse and following his impressive win in May over 2500m, he is well placed in this field we look forward to a good result.

We wish all our owners the best of luck tomorrow!

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Could Dusk Falls be the next Gallic Chieftain?

 

This time last year we acquired a lightly framed horse named Gallic Chieftain.  Under the tutelage of Darren Weir, Gallic Chieftain has started his career in Australia superbly with his latest win being the Listed Winter Cup at Rosehill on July 1. He will now aim at feature spring races.

OTI’s latest purchase, Dusk Falls, is a very similar type to Gallic Chieftain. This 3YO grey gelding has performed exceptionally well in his career to date and appears to have all the credentials necessary to be a top stayer in Australia.  He is the essence of a quality equine athlete.  He has a high cruising speed but can sprint off the bend.

Dusk Falls started three times as a two-year-old over unsuitable journeys.  In five starts as a three-year-old, Dusk Falls has won two and finished 2nd twice.   His most recent win was at Maisons-Laffitte over 2500m on a good-to-soft track.  Up against Darbuzan, a quality Aga Khan horse, Dusk Falls led and sprinted at the 400m to put a two length gap on him.  There was a six-length gap back to Inverloch, an OTI horse.  At his next start, Inverloch won a high-classed maiden against 16 starters over 2900m.  We assess Inverloch as a horse that will make it to Group class and is considered a high-class stayer for Melbourne.

 

By the son of Galileo, New Approach, out of the Pivotal mare, In the Mist, Dusk Falls is exceptionally well bred.  He is from the family of Grey Lion, who finished 2nd in the Group 3 Geelong Cup and contested the Melbourne Cup last year.  Dusk Falls’ stallion, New Approach, was a Derby winner in England before going on to be a top sire.  Although still early in his breeding career, he has already produced over 30 stakes winners including the Group 1 winner, Dawn Approach.

Dusk Falls is expected to race in the spring for his new trainer, Darren Weir.  Like Darren has successfully done with Gallic Chieftain, Dusk Falls will simply be asked to race through his classes in the initial stages, with a view to graduating to a higher level of racing in the autumn and spring of 2018.

Gallic Chieftain has achieved 4 wins from his 9 starts in Australia and now has a Listed victory to his name.  He is now poised to step onto the spring stage as a serious contender of Group races.  Dusk Falls is looking to follow in his footsteps.

 

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