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A grand weekend for OTI

It was a brilliant weekend for OTI with two horses on the up claiming a metropolitan double.

Fastnet Latina went to Moonee Valley chasing three-straight wins on Friday night and was most emphatic in disposing of his rivals. His trainer, Archie Alexander, was unwaveringly positive in the lead-up to the race and his decision to lead proved a masterstroke.

Jordan Childs has partnered the son of Fastnet Rock in all three Australian starts and the young hoop controlled the race from the outset.

The Moonee Valley winner’s room was barely big enough to house the huge contingent of owners. The success is great reward for their patience with Fastnet Latina having to overcome serious injury that threatened his career. Click here to watch a replay of the race.

The win continued the outstanding run of Alexander who is striking at an incredible 25% this calendar year. Although still far from confirmed, there appears a most suitable 1600m race in Adelaide on April 8 that could next come into play for this entire.

Flemington played host to Victorian racing on Golden Slipper Day and it was a huge thrill to take out the inaugural ‘Grand Handicap’ with the former French galloper, Duke Of Ellington.

A son of Duke Of Marmalade, the 5YO gelding has been patiently handled by Ciaron Maher. His first two Australian starts over unsuitable distances were the grounding he needed heading into Saturday’s 2000M contest.

Up in trip, Luke Nolen was able to settle Duke Of Ellington handy to the speed and once they rounded the home bend he sidled up to the leaders and quickly put the race beyond doubt. He will continue to improve with racing and as the distances get longer with better races during the spring on the radar. Click here to watch a replay of the race.

As the curtain’s drawn on the Victorian Autumn Carnival, OTI is excited to have unearthed two very promising gallopers.

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‘Duke takes southern move in his stride’

Click here to read Racing.com’s article following Duke Of Ellington’s good win at Flemington on Saturday.

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Fastnet Latina kicks off a big weekend for OTI

Fastnet Latina heads to Moonee Valley on Friday night looking to extend on his unbeaten record in Australia.

This horse is part of a large group of Fastnet Rock’s raced around the globe by OTI and its partners. Having started his career with Christophe Clement in the USA, Fastnet Latina suffered a tendon injury and was transported to Australia where Lee Evison nursed him back to full health.

Talented English-born trainer Archie Alexander has displayed great patience in getting Fastnet Latina to the races and he’s been rewarded with immediate racetrack success.

Fastnet Latina was dominant when breaking his maiden first-up at Terang before overcoming an interrupted passage to prove too strong at BM64 level at Sandown.

Given time to get over that last run and prepare for the 1600M at Moonee Valley, Alexander reports Fastnet Latina is in tremendous order ahead of the rise in grade. Alexander is keen for jockey, Jordan Childs to be positive in the small field and hopefully, take luck out of the equation.

Hopefully Fastnet Latina can make it three in a row for partners and get the ball rolling on what is a big weekend for OTI.

Red Shift and Duke Of Ellington both head to Flemington for the unique ‘Grand Handicap’ (Race 6) to be run over 2000M and both look competitive chances. In Adelaide, the Tony McEvoy trained Zapping resumes over 1400M at Morphetville (Race 2) on the back of a strong trial.

It’s a big ‘long weekend’ for OTI’s partners and we hope there’s much success to report on next week.

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