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New acquisition makes for an exciting weekend ahead

OTI is delighted to announce our newest acquisition, the talented and well-bred 3yo New Zealand filly, Hasstobegood, who headlines this weekend’s proceedings.

She’s by the top NZ stallion Per Incanto and the filly’s grand-dam is the Champion NZ mare, Plume. She’ll make her OTI debut this Sunday at Ellerslie in the 1500m 3yo (SWP) race as a lead-up run into the Karaka Millions on the 25th of January. She’s been stakes placed on multiple occasions and looks a most exciting racing and breeding prospect.

Skipping backwards to Friday night, we have two runners under lights in Victorian and Queensland respectively.

Fioretical steps out in the 1600m Maiden second-up this preparation, after showing slight improvement first-up over an unsuitable journey. He’ll appreciate the rise in distance and will hopefully be hitting the line well to encourage a step-up to 2000m and beyond in his coming runs.

Mighty Quinn will take his place in the 1800m Class 3 at Sunshine Coast tonight, of which is a track and distance he ran well at two starts ago. He’ll look to roll forward and dictate terms, with the role of leader presenting as the best way to see him be competitive in his races.

We only have the one runner on Saturday, albeit a runner who provides us with a great deal of excitement. Future Score, who has been in terrific form this preparation, steps out in the 2000m Open Handicap at Flemington following a game 2nd to Odeon in the Listed Lord Stakes on Boxing Day. The rise to 2000m looks ideal, and he gets to a track that he already has a great association with. There’s no doubt he’ll use every inch of the straight to run down his competition.

Best of luck to their connections!

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OTI chasing first winner of 2020 this weekend

An unusually quiet weekend awaits OTI, albeit not without a chance of gaining our first winner of 2020.

Miss Carboni kicks off proceedings at Cranbourne on Friday night in the 1300m Class 1 event for Archie Alexander and team. She’s fitter for her first-up run at Echuca and looks to have trained on nicely. We hope to see her roll forward and show the ability we believe she possesses.

 

 

We launch a two-pronged attack on the 2400m BM78 at Randwick Kensington on Saturday, where both Artarmon and Dark Pearl compete with a real chance of capturing a win.

Dark Pearl steps-up in distance for the Waller team, which should suit, and he heads into the race a very fit horse. Artarmon is now fourth-up in Australia for Matthew Smith and looks ready to peak after presenting like the winner at Flemington last start before his fitness levels let him down.

 

 

On Sunday, Sollevare is our lone runner when he resumes at Warrnambool in the 1700m BM64. It’s his first start since entering the care of Matthew Williams, with the run sure to set him up nicely for races 2000m and beyond, which are certainly more to his liking.

Best of luck to all involved!

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Two top chances for OTI in the Bagot Handicap

Racing kicks off in the new year at Flemington tomorrow, where OTI has two leading chances in the 2800m Listed Bagot Handicap, worth $160,000.

The Maher & Eustace trained Azuro resumes after a short let-up following his dominant win in the 3200m Listed Sandown Cup in mid-November. His record at 2800m and beyond is outstanding, only finishing out of the placings on one occasion from four starts, which includes two wins at Listed level. He’s thoroughly enjoyed his time at Balnarring Beach and resumes here a fit and healthy horse, ready to continue his rich run of form.

High Bridge is less fancied in the market than Azuro but enters the race third-up and ready to peak. He has closed off strongly in his first two runs this preparation, which was highlighted when finishing 2nd in the Listed Christmas Cup at Randwick in mid-December. Although his last victory came in September last year, it would not surprise us to see him winning at Listed level for the first time on Wednesday.

Best of luck to connections and happy new year too all!

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