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OTI Racing Weekend Preview

An action-packed weekend of racing for OTI will see runners at Caulfield and Doomben on Saturday, and Chantilly, Cranbourne and Le Pin au Haras (France) on Sunday.

Caulfield

Stablemates Gailo Chop and Harbour Views will contest the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes over 2000m (Race 6 – 3:10 pm).

Gailo Chop, who won this race in 2017, is in terrific order going into the contest. Matthew Williams commented that the ten-year-old has been working nicely and will be hitting peak fitness in his third-up run. He has drawn well in the small field, and we’re confident that he’ll run a competitive race with Dean Yendall aboard.

Harbour Views also contests the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes with John Allen booked to ride. He’s in great shape and has been racing well this spring. Whilst he has drawn the outside barrier, Matthew Williams remarked that he’s ready to run to his best ability and we expect him to be right in the finish.

Gallic Chieftain contests the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes over 2400m (Race 10 – 5:45 pm). Archie Alexander is impressed with his work at home and believes he is coming into the race in superb order. He will benefit from a bit of give in the ground, and we expect him to be competitive with Damian Lane riding.

Doomben

At Doomben, Grey Lion will compete in the Listed Queensland Cup over 2200m (Race 5 – 3:42 pm) for Matthew Smith. He came through his gallant 3rd in the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality a fortnight ago in excellent order, and we’re hoping that he will put in another strong effort. Robbie Fradd takes the ride.

Chantilly

On Sunday morning Australian time, Demeter will race in a 3yo Handicap over 1300m at Chantilly (Race 6 – 2:00 am AEST). Edouard Monfort commented that the filly is in good form and the track and distance will suit her. Whilst the race is competitive, we’re expecting a strong showing. Maryline Eon rides.

Cranbourne

Two OTI runners will contest the Listed Cranbourne Cup over 2025m on Sunday afternoon (Race 8 – 4:50 pm).

Future Score will step out in the race for Matt Cumani. He has come through his first-up run in great shape and has been working well at home. Cumani is pleased with the horse, and we’re expecting him to put in a good performance with Fred Kersley riding.

Inverloch contests the Listed race for Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young. Busuttin has deemed his last start a forget run and commented that he is ready to go and will have every chance to run a big race. Michael Dee takes the ride.

Hasstobegood will race in a Fillies and Mares Benchmark 70 over 1400m (Race 9 – 5:25 pm) for the Grahame Begg stable. She has come through her last start well and taken improvement from the run. Jordan Childs rides in what looks to be an ideal race for her and we’re optimistic of her chances.

Le Pin au Haras, France

On Sunday night, undefeated son of Le Harve, Montabot returns to the races after a spell. He will contest a 2350m Class 4 (Race 1 – 11:00 pm AEST) for trainer Pascal Bary. The four-year-old gelding has been working well and with ideal conditions, should have every opportunity in the race.

We wish our connections the best of luck!

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OTI and Matt Smith partner to race Dick Whittington

OTI is thrilled to secure high-class War Command gelding Dick Whittington in partnership with multiple Group 1 winning trainer Matt Smith.

Currently rated 108, Dick Whittington has demonstrated exceptional athletic abilities and an excellent turn of foot in his French form.

Whilst he is a lightly raced three-year-old, having only had four outings, his on-track performances have showcased his tremendous potential.

He won his first two starts in dominant fashion at St Cloud over 2100m and 2500m respectively.

In his third race, he stepped up to Group 2 level at Deauville, where he finished 4th behind Port Guillaume who is now a leading contender for this year’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup.


In his most recent start at St Cloud, he finished 3rd in a high-quality Listed race behind Godolphin owned Algiers and Aga Khan owned Zeyrek.

OTI’s European Representative John Hammond assisted in securing the promising gelding over the weekend. Hammond gave the horse a glowing endorsement, describing him as elegant and athletic, and noted that he will relish racing on top of the ground in Australia.

“His form lines are rock solid, and those with whom he has been locking horns in the two stakes races, notably Zeyrek, Port Guillaume, Pao Alto and Volkan Star are all high-class performers,” Hammond commented.

Dick Whittington is currently en route to Australia and will arrive at Matt Smith’s Warwick Farm stables in mid-November. OTI and Smith intend to settle him into his new surroundings before preparing him for the 2021 Autumn Carnival.

Matt Smith has established himself as one of Sydney’s leading trainers, with multiple Group 1 wins to his name. OTI has a strong relationship with Smith, who trains recent Group 3 winner Attorney, as well as Grey Lion and Corncrake.

Should you wish to find out more about Dick Whittington’s plans in Australia, please get in touch with us here.

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Furioso to debut at Bendigo

Three-year-old Atlante gelding, Furioso, is set to make his debut at Bendigo on Wednesday afternoon.

The well-bred youngster will contest a 1400m Maiden (Race 3 – 2:30 pm) for Matt Cumani, with Fred Kersley taking the ride.

Since arriving at Cumani’s Ballarat stables from New Zealand in mid-August, the gelding has acclimatized to his new environment well, and his future looks promising.

Cumani has been delighted with his recent work and was pleased with his trial at Ballarat last week.

“He broke well, put himself in a good position, balanced himself up nicely around the turn and then lengthened nicely under minimal urging,” Cumani commented on the jump out.

The stable is hoping for a competitive effort in tomorrow’s race, and expect him to take improvement from the run. “With every experience he’s going to learn and improve,” Cumani added.

OTI’s CEO Terry Henderson said he was excited to see Furioso step out for connections.

“When we purchased him, we knew from his jump outs in New Zealand that he was a promising horse with considerable athletic ability. He has continued to develop since settling into Matt’s stables and has done everything right so far,” Henderson remarked.

“We’ll see how he goes tomorrow, but we’ve got an eye on the Sandown Guineas as an ambitious target for him,” he added.

OTI wishes Furioso’s connections the best of luck for his debut tomorrow!

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