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OTI Welcomes Reve De Vol

The Golden Eagle looms as the first target for the exciting 3yo Irish gelding, Reve De Vol.

By Siyouni, out of the Dubawi stakes winning mare, Joalilliere, Reve De Vol has an official rating of 105 following his Listed Orby Stakes win at the Curragh over 2000m in June, and his narrow loss in the Group 3 Royal Whip Stakes in August. Over shorter distances as a 2yo, he was a dominant winner over 1400m, before finishing 3rd in a Group 2 over 1600m.

Annabel Neasham, who joined OTI in the purchase of Reve De Vol, will train the horse. Annabel said, “As a racehorse, Reve De Vol has all the qualities we seek for Australian success. He’s correct, has a superb pedigree, excellent feet, prefers firmer ground and possesses a good turn of foot in his races. We believe that he is a horse that is capable of success at weight-for-age level in Australia in races between 1600m-2200m.”

Reve De Vol winning the Listed Orby Stakes at the Curragh.

Reve De Vol has continued in work and will go into quarantine in the last week of September. Once in Australia, he will quarantine at Canterbury Park Racecourse, where he will exit in time to potentially take his place in the $7.5m Golden Eagle. Racing NSW has confirmed that he has the rating to gain a start in that race. There is also the second option to run in the $750,000 Rosehill Gold Cup, however at this stage, the Golden Eagle is preferred. On the basis of the horse’s condition, Annabel will then prepare the horse for his future career in Australia.

Reve De Vol heading to the gates in the Listed Orby Stakes (Emma O’Brien Photography).

Reve De Vol will join Win O’Clock and Mirann on the Sydney quarantine flight for OTI. The initiative by Racing NSW and the ATC to provide facilities for horses to race in the latter part of the Sydney Spring Carnival, has opened up the opportunity to also race in the Melbourne and Perth features in November and December.

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Timour Commences Career with OTI in Group 2

The Prix Niel has long been considered an important lead up race for 3yo’s aimed at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in early October. Although the early favourite for the race, English Derby winner Adayar, will no longer start, this year is no exception with some of Europe’s better colts lining up for the Group 2 event.

Recently acquired by OTI, Timour will be one of six starters in the race. While it was initially planned to go to a Listed race at St Cloud on Friday, André Fabre has decided that the striking colt is up to the quality of the Group 2 event.

OTI’s decade long relationship with Fabre has been the backbone of our sustained success with French racing. Au Revoir, Grey Lion and Montclair are among the numerous stakes winners referred from the stable.

Timour, a 3yo son of Gleneagles, is out of the multiple stakes winning mare, Rock My Soul. This also makes him a half-brother to OTI’s Young Rascal, a multiple Group 3 winner. From his six starts he has a win, two seconds, two thirds and a fourth. He’s rated 99 (45 in France).

Timour wins over 2100m at St Cloud in May 2021.

Following Sunday’s run, a decision will be made whether he comes direct to Sydney for the Rosehill Gold Cup on October 30, or continues to race in France with the aim of coming out to Australia on the Sydney Easter Carnival quarantine flight (as Young Rascal did in 2020).

Timour is a most exciting proposition for racing when he eventually gets to Australia. Given he is still maturing, his new owners can look forward to him developing into a weight-for-age performer at 2000m plus. They hope that Sunday’s race will be the first step in that progression.

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OTI Racing | Weekend Preview

The weekend is highlighted by Ottoman Emperor’s appearance in the Group 1 St Leger at Doncaster, and Timour’s first run for OTI owners in the Group 2 Prix Niel at Longchamp on Sunday.

SATURDAY 11th of September

Flemington

Current Track Rating: Good

Harbour Views

Matt Williams has Harbour Views returning stronger than in previous preparations. He may need this run but from the good barrier, he is expected to be in the placings in this strong field.

Race 5 – 2:55 pm | 1400m Listed The Sofitel | T: Matthew Williams | J: Damian Lane 55.5kg | Barrier 3 | Saddlecloth 3

Harbour Views winning first-up at Caulfield in his second racing campaign.

Kembla Grange

Current Track Rating: Good

Dick Whittington

This race shapes as an ideal steppingstone for Dick Whittington as he works his way up to 2400m targets. However, from the good barrier, he is expected to be more competitive than his first two starts in Australia.

Race 3 – 12:50 pm | 2000m BM78 | T: Matthew Smith | J: Ms Rachel King 59kg | Barrier 2 | Saddlecloth 2

Dick Whittington, Deauville, 22/09/2020, photo: Zuzanna Lupa.

Sound of Cannons

This developing stayer is well placed here. Despite the barrier, he is expected to be very strong at the end of the 2000m and is considered a good place chance.

Race 3 – 12:50 pm | 2000m BM78 | T: John O’Shea | J: Regan Bayliss 55.5kg | Barrier 11 | Saddlecloth 12

Sound of Cannons heading to the barriers.

Stuck With You

This rising stayer is another who is well placed here. Following a promising second-up run at the Randwick Kensington track where he hit the line nicely, he should be once again doing his best work late.

Race 3 – 12:50 pm | 2000m BM78 | T: Matthew Dunn | J: Regan Bayliss 55.5kg | Barrier 11 | Saddlecloth 12

Stuck With You winning at Doomben last preparation.

Morphettville

Current Track Rating: Good

Darvin

Darwin looks very well-placed in this field and has come on well from his first up run. He should be hard to run down if he gets his own way in front.

Race 1 – 12:42 pm | 2500m BM78 | T: Matthew Williams | J: Paul Gatt 59.5kg | Barrier 4 | Saddlecloth 1

Darvin winning last preparation at Sandown.

Gold Coast

Current Track Rating: Good

Southern Rock

Southern Rock will be ridden more aggressively than his last start. He has come out of that race well and Matt Dunn believes that he should be competitive.

Race 8 – 4:24 pm | 1800m BM70 | T: Matthew Dunn | J: Baylee Nothdurft 59.5kg, Barrier 4, Saddlecloth 3

Southern Rock winning in the UK.

SUNDAY 12th September

Doncaster (GB)

Current Track Rating: Good

Ottoman Emperor

Ottoman Emperor has done everything required of him to get to this English Classic. Although a challenging race, hopes are high that he could be in the placings.

Race 5 – 12:35 am AEST | 2921m Group 1 St Leger Stakes | T: J P Murtagh | J: Ben Coen | Barrier 8 | Saddlecloth 6

Ottoman Emperor breaking his maiden at Cork.

Longchamp (FR)

Current Track Rating: Good

Timour

Race 3 – 10:33 pm AEST | 2400m Group 2 Prix Niel | T: A Fabre J: Mickael Barzalona, 58kg | Barrier 1 | Saddlecloth 5

Timour is having his first start for OTI owners and steps up to Group 2 level. André Fabre believes that this horse is a most capable galloper. Placing here will be a good result in this high quality field.

Timour winning at St Cloud (FR).

Kloster

Kloster has been a model of consistency this preparation and again he is expected to be in the placings.

 Race 9 – 2:15 am (Monday AEST) | 1400m Class 2 | T: E. D. Monfort | J: Mickael Barzalona 56.5kg | Barrier 6 | Saddlecloth 11

Kloster looking in good shape after his last run.

Curragh (IRE)

Current Track Rating: Good

Mirann

Johnny Murtagh has always felt Mirann was capable of winning a feature handicap, and he’ll get another chance to in this race. He will need luck in the big field but should be running on strongly at the finish.

Race 8 – 2:45 am (Monday AEST) | 2000m Northfields Handicap | T: J P Murtagh | J: Ben Martin Coen 9-13 | Barrier 19 | Saddlecloth 2

Mirann
Mirann winning his first race for OTI at Gowran Park (IRE).

We wish all of our connections the best of luck this weekend!

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