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OTI Racing Weekend Preview

Following an exciting trio of wins to start 2021 on a high note, four runners will represent OTI in Australia and New Zealand this weekend.

Friday

Zipitsweetie kicks off the weekend on Friday afternoon when she contests a Benchmark 58 over 2000m at Stawell (Race 8 – 5:00 pm). We’re putting a line through her disappointing run at Warrnambool last start and expect to see an improved performance this time around. Trainer Archie Alexander reports that the mare has been working well in the lead up to the race and with Harry Coffey taking the ride from barrier 12, we expect to see her hitting the finish line strongly.

Zipitsweetie

Saturday

Excelebration gelding Nassidio continues his preparation in a 2044m Maiden at Werribee (Race 2 – 1:46 pm). The 4yo will appreciate the step up in distance and trainer Mitch Freedman hopes to see him demonstrate his excellent gate speed before settling into the race and finishing off nicely. Jarrod Fry is booked to ride from barrier 6.

Vee Cece headlines our weekend runners when she steps out in the Listed Marton Cup over 2200m (Race 7 – 2:15 pm AEDT) at Awapuni in New Zealand. The Baker/Forsman stable are optimistic that she will put her best foot forward with Samantha Collet aboard. Should things go to plan, the race will potentially pave the way for the mare to head to the Wellington Cup later this month.

Vee Cece

Sunday

At Warrnambool, Raffish races in a Maiden over 1700m (Race 3 – 2:30 pm). Archie Alexander reported that he has come on since his first-up run and is in great form going into the race. With Declan Bates in the saddle, we believe he will put in a very competitive effort and is a big chance.

Best of luck to connections!

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Vadamos colt joins OTI’s Irish ranks

Vadamos colt Catena Zapata is OTI’s latest addition to their portfolio of Irish horses.

Catena Zapata first caught the eye of astute bloodstock agent, Hubie de Burgh, after an outstanding trial performance in September. He identified the colt to OTI and two career starts later, including a run at 1400m and an impressive win over 1600m, the OTI team secured the colt.

OTI’s General Manager Shayne Driscoll said the team saw great potential in Catena Zapata and were delighted to acquire him.

“We had our eye on him for a little while but wanted to see him confirm his talent. His game maiden win at Dundalk in December, where he kicked off the bend and stayed on well cemented our decision,” Driscoll said.

In this run, Catena Zapata demonstrated his excellent turn of foot, running his last 400m in 22.6 seconds.

“Funnily enough the way we acquired him was somewhat reminiscent of how we purchased Tom Melbourne six years ago, even down to running at the same track. We’re hoping he can follow in Tom’s footsteps, hopefully with a few more wins rather than seconds though!” he added.

Irish flat and jumps trainer Henry de Bromhead has trained the colt since he was a yearling and identified his talent early in his career. Bromhead has indicated that the colt will be targeted towards the 3yo Classics later this year.

First season sire Vadamos has had an excellent start to his stallion career, with his progeny having a strike rate of 9%. Bloodlines on the colt’s dam side are also solid, with his unraced dam Pretty Priceless having already produced a multiple 1200m winner. Additionally, her half-brother, Drawnfronthepast, won 16 races in England and France.

OTI is looking forward to racing this exciting colt with Henry de Bromhead in Ireland. Should you wish to find out more about Catena Zapata’s plans, please contact us here.

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OTI buys into Karaka Million contender

OTI’s first acquisition of the new year is a promising Power filly, Seven Twenty. The 2yo will have her first start for OTI in one of New Zealand’s richest races, the Karaka Million 2YO on January 23rd.

OTI’s General Manager Shayne Driscoll said the acquisition of a 50% share in the filly was an exciting way to kick-off 2021.

“It’s not every day that the chance to buy into a horse whose next start is in a million-dollar race comes up. We’re looking forward to seeing her step out for OTI and hoping she can put in a strong effort,” Driscoll said.

“She’s well-bred, has a striking physical presence and her recent form shows all the attributes of a very talented filly with an abundance of potential,” he added.

Seven Twenty

Lightly raced, the filly has had a promising start to her career, having placed in her two runs. It was her most recent race in late December that stood out to the OTI team. In the race, Seven Twenty demonstrated her tenacity to overcome a tough run and finish second behind Palamos, who is now favourite for the Karaka Million 2YO.

Driscoll commented that whilst they would wait until after the Karaka Million to make plans, an Australian Group 1 could be on the horizon.

“We’re not getting ahead of ourselves, but if she runs well in the Karaka Million, she could potentially head to the Group 1 JJ Atkins in Brisbane in May,” he commented.

The filly is currently trained at the Byerley Park stables of Shaun and Emma Clotworthy, who ranked 17th in the New Zealand Training Premiership for the 2019/20 season.

By dual Group 1 winning stallion Power, Seven Twenty’s bloodlines on both sides are solid. Her dam, Ma Belle Ami, has already produced Group 2 placed Tivaan Warrior.

OTI wishes Seven Twenty’s new ownership group the best of luck in the Karaka Million 2YO race!

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