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A Derby prospect by an emerging Group 1 Winning Sire

New Zealand is a renowned breeding ground for Derby winners. OTI is delighted to have a ready-to-run 2YO son by the exciting sire of the Group 1 winning He’s Our Rokki, Roc De Cambes.

The gelding was purchased from the 2016 NZ Ready To Race sales after an impressive breeze-up. He covered the 200M dash in a slick 11.4 secs, displaying raw talent and strength.

OTI is excited to race this gelding with Murray Baker and his training partner, Andrew Forsman. Baker is one of New Zealand’s leading trainers and is well-known for his work with stayers having won Cups and Derbies on both sides of the Tasman.

OTI has enjoyed great success in working with Murray Baker in the past. In 2007, OTI purchased the then 2YO Kibbutz from Baker on the back of a Stakes placing before he went on to win the Victoria Derby.

The Roc De Cambes gelding returned to full work in mid-February, immediately impressed the training duo. Forsman affirmed “this gelding is a lovely horse and possesses the breeding, temperament and movement we’d expect to see in a quality middle-distance/staying type”.

His athletic, balanced walk and long-striding galloping action are evident in his footage:

 

Earmarked as an ideal Derby type for the 2017/18 season, the 2YO is likely to head to the races in May. Should he immediately impress, a trip to Melbourne for the Spring Carnival is on the cards. The gelding will undoubtedly improve into his autumn 3YO season and beyond and is an exciting prospect for OTI’s partners.

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Tom Melbourne seeking a change of luck in the Cup

Lee and Anthony Freedman penned in the Group 1 Australian Cup as Tom Melbourne’s third-up run, but that’s the only part of the plan that’s gone smoothly. The gelding has enjoyed little luck in his two lead-up runs at Caulfield, going to the line largely untested in both outings.

Tom Melbourne was purchased in December 2014 after an ultra-impressive debut win at Dundalk, Ireland. Terry Henderson was fortuitously in Europe at the time, quickly pouncing on the opportunity to secure the son of Dylan Thomas for OTI’s partners.

Tom Melbourne’s extraordinary 2016 Listed Albury Cup win shot the gelding to prominence and ever since expectations have been set very high. Although winless in the Spring Carnival, Tom Melbourne was brave in two bold, front-running performances during the VRC’s Cup Week.

Based at the Freedman’s Pinecliffe base this campaign, Tom Melbourne has thrived. The 6YO looks magnificent and has continued to work strongly, justifying the decision to run in the Australian Cup.

Glen Boss is flying out from Singapore to reacquaint with Tom Melbourne this Saturday. Boss, who has partnered him on five occasions for three wins and a second, has a strong affiliation with the horse.

The 2000m at Flemington is the ideal scenario for Tom Melbourne, a free-rolling galloper who resented racing in the herd at Caulfield. Glen Boss will take a positive approach into the race and we look forward to seeing him put his best foot forward on Saturday.

There’s no greater thrill in racing than competing at the highest level and it doesn’t get any better than Group 1 racing at Australia’s racing headquarters, Flemington. OTI wishes its partners the best of luck with Tom Melbourne in the Australian Cup on Saturday.

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Lord Fandango set for Australian debut

Lord Fandango will make his Australian debut at Ballarat on Wednesday.

OTI and its partners race Lord Fandango with Anglo Australian Racing (AAR).  AAR is a UK-based syndicate that has a mission to buy UK yearlings, with the view to racing them in Australia.  It was formed by BHRA Board Member Eamonn Wilmott and former South Australian trainer, Jeremy Gask.

Lord Fandango was purchased as a yearling in 2014 and represents AAR’s first ever purchase. With several ex-pat Aussies involved they were keen to keep an interest as he continued his career in Australia.

OTI jumped at the opportunity to acquire a share in this lightly-raced, well-performed stayer. In August 2016, he showed his talent with consecutive wins over 2400M at Cheptsow and Epsom – the most recent by an impressive 4.5L. Watch Lord Fandango’s Epsom win (raced as Fandango in the UK):

 

OTI and AAR have continued to strengthen the relationship. Condamine, another exciting prospect, recently landed on Australian shores under OTI / AAR ownership. Condamine is by the powerful Danehill sire, Duke Of Marmalade out of a Montjeu mare. The 4YO has placed twice in strong form races from four starts.

Lord Fandango is trained by the in-form Archie Alexander at in idyllic surrounds at Ballarat. The long, uphill training track provides the perfect training ground for these UK stayers and Alexander is reaping the benefits with an imposing 29% strike rate in 2017.

On Wednesday at Ballarat, Lord Fandango will step out over a mile, a distance seen as short of his best. He has done nothing but please Alexander leading into the race and should be hitting the line strongly with a view to improving second and third up.

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