Mighty Quinn to take his first steps at Pakenham

Mighty Quinn will make his debut for OTI partners over 1400m at Pakenham on Thursday night. Trained by Matt Cumani, the son of legendary UK trainer Luca, this 2YO son of Redwood has the breeding page and athleticism to suggest a quality staying future lies ahead.

Redwood was an outstanding galloper in his own right. He won a Group 1 on turf at Woodbine in Canada and was second in both the Hong Kong Vase and Dubai Sheema Classic. A son of High Chaparral, he has all the hallmarks of a superior staying sire.

OTI has a strong affiliation with Redwood through Romancer and Night’s Watch who were both winners in New Zealand in their 3YO season and have bright futures.  Additionally, a 2YO daughter of Redwood out of Cent To Win is currently with Archie Alexander and we have also joined Donna Logan in a yearling out of Margravine from the 2017 New Zealand sale.

Mighty Quinn was purchased in New Zealand as a yearling before transferring to Cumani in late-June 2016. The colt has relished the idyllic training facilities at Ballarat. His programme has been patient and geared towards having this colt aimed at better 3YO staying races during the 2017/18 season.

Mighty Quinn derived great benefit from recent jump-outs at Geelong and Ballarat but is still green and ‘coltish’. Cumani has been meticulously patient knowing that his best days would be as a three-year-old and beyond.

Ben Allen takes the ride on Mighty Quinn with the plan being little more than letting him balance up early and finish off strongly. Tonight is both a learning experience and another milestone in this colt’s education.

OTI wishes its partners all the best tonight in what is the first step in a long journey ahead for this exciting staying prospect.

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A Derby prospect by an emerging Group 1 Winning Sire

New Zealand is a renowned breeding ground for Derby winners. OTI is delighted to have a ready-to-run 2YO son by the exciting sire of the Group 1 winning He’s Our Rokki, Roc De Cambes.

The gelding was purchased from the 2016 NZ Ready To Race sales after an impressive breeze-up. He covered the 200M dash in a slick 11.4 secs, displaying raw talent and strength.

OTI is excited to race this gelding with Murray Baker and his training partner, Andrew Forsman. Baker is one of New Zealand’s leading trainers and is well-known for his work with stayers having won Cups and Derbies on both sides of the Tasman.

OTI has enjoyed great success in working with Murray Baker in the past. In 2007, OTI purchased the then 2YO Kibbutz from Baker on the back of a Stakes placing before he went on to win the Victoria Derby.

The Roc De Cambes gelding returned to full work in mid-February, immediately impressed the training duo. Forsman affirmed “this gelding is a lovely horse and possesses the breeding, temperament and movement we’d expect to see in a quality middle-distance/staying type”.

His athletic, balanced walk and long-striding galloping action are evident in his footage:


Earmarked as an ideal Derby type for the 2017/18 season, the 2YO is likely to head to the races in May. Should he immediately impress, a trip to Melbourne for the Spring Carnival is on the cards. The gelding will undoubtedly improve into his autumn 3YO season and beyond and is an exciting prospect for OTI’s partners.

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