Trainer In Focus – Archie Alexander


In just two and a half years as a trainer Archie Alexander has achieved a great deal. Nothing is more impressive than his results since December 1 last year. Seven winners have greeted the judge first from only 25 starters – a remarkable 28% strike rate.

From his Ballarat stable, Archie had an unbelievable start to his training career when recording a Listed winner with just his 16th start. That was OTI’s Renew in the Sandown Cup.  Soon after, Archie went on to record a Group 3 win when quality sprinter/miler Amorino.

The inevitable lull followed after such an outstanding beginning.  Now with treadmill and water walking facilities added to his Ballarat facility, Archie has honed his processes to now  be at the top of his game. He task has been immeasurably enhanced with the support of his fiancé Annie Bowles and his great team.

The stable’s wins have come all from around Victoria including the prime racetracks at Sandown, Bendigo and Geelong.  Two features of his success are the relationship with young hoop Jordan Childs and the race placement his horses – both are not letting him down.

Archie has now been entrusted with 12 horses who carry OTI silks.  These include the recent additions Fandango, Fastnet Latina and a lovely 2yo filly by Redwood.  While yet to have stepped out for him on race day, we hope that these 3 can help Archie continue his push up the Victorian Premiership standings in the near future.


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Plymouth on the Road to Warwick Farm


After a well-publicised debate in Victoria regarding the state of the tracks, with many trainers coming forward stating they were too hard and were causing injuries to their racehorses, we decided to move Plymouth Road from the Freedman camp up to Sydney with James Cummings.

Plymouth Road is a born and bred kiwi, by the hot sire – Tavistock, purchased after an impressive trial in NZ.  Since arriving in Australia, under the guidance of Lee and Anthony Freedman, this hot-headed stayer has begun to show some real staying ability.  From 13 starts, this 4yo already has 3 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds.

He ended his first preparation on a high with a solid 3.5 length win at Mornington over 2000m in June, followed by a strong 2nd at Caulfield over 2000m.  The Freedman’s then decided to give this boy a well-deserved spell.   On his third-up start during his second preparation, he produced the goods again, winning over 1850m at Kynton in November. Unfortunately, in his 2 subsequent runs, the gelding was unplaced and we noticed he was struggling on the firm tracks.  He wasn’t putting in the same amount of effort we’d normally see.  With no resolution to the state of the firm tracks in sight, the only option we had was to send the horse to Sydney in the hope of finding track conditions that had a little give.  It was then that the horse was transferred to James Cummings’ stable in Randwick.

The horse has settled into the stable well and following a fair trial, he is set to start at Warwick Farm on Wednesday afternoon in a BM72 over 2200m, click here to view the field. With some luck and a little sting out of the track, this lad should perform well, albeit, he may need one run to get back to full race fitness.  Click here to view replays of Plymouth Road’s races.

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The OTI Weekly News Update


A brief look back at our recent runners.

Praecereus (1st) ran a good race at Benalla over 1606m on Sunday, this is his first win for the preparation and with such a strong finish, we expect to see more.

Coming up this week….

Plymouth Road has accepted for a 2200m BM72 at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. This will be his first race for James Cummings, since transferring to the Sydney stable in hopes of finding softer tracks.

Our Bazaar has been nomined for an 1800m race at Sandown on Wednesday. This boy trialled very well last week and should put in a good performance if the track conditions suit.

Thanos is aimed for a start at Moonee Valley on Saturday over 2040m, coming into this race off a brave run at Flemington, he should finish in the money.

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