The weekly review and preview

Monday November 21, 2016

A brief look back at our recent runners.

Manangatang (1st) ran an unbelievable debut race over 1700m at Lingfield Park on Tuesday. Being last at the turn, he made up solid ground in the last 300m to storm home for the win.

Gallic Chieftain (4th) finished the race very strongly at Sandown on Wednesday over 1800m, he is looking for further and will improve off this run.

Araaja (2nd) impressed in her 2nd race, showing good turn of foot and staying ability over 2000m at Toulouse on Thursday. This filly is an exciting, full-sister to Tom Melbourne, with a bright future ahead. She will now have a well-deserved break before coming back for her three-year-old season.

Plymouth Road (8th) did not have an easy time from a wide barrier and hard track on Friday night at Moonee Valley over 2040m. This boy prefers the softer ground and is looking for further.

Mobaco (6th) showed some slight improvement at Ballina on Saturday over 1600m.

Scherzoso (2nd) charged home in the Listed Ballarat Cup over 2200m on Saturday, unfortunately, finishing 2L off the winner. Ben Allen put in a terrific ride to get Scherzoso in a good position from gate 16.  He is a very consistent performer who keeps improving and we look forward to his next run!

Lidari (12th) did not perform to expectations in the Ballarat Cup, he may have struggled backing up from his run in the Eclipse Stakes. Weir will now give him a few quieter weeks.

Lord Van Percy (9th) ran a serviceable race in the Ballarat Cup. This boy keeps improving each start and he is now ready for his feature race, the Pakenham Cup over 2500m.

Coming up this week….

La Dalliance is set for her stable debut for Archie Alexander at Bendigo in a 1400m maiden on Thursday.

Praecereus has been nominated for a BM64 over 1300m at Bendigo on Thursday. This boy trialled well and should put in a solid performance in his first up run for this preparation.

Our Bazaar is set for a BM78 over 1600m on Saturday at Moonee Valley. This will be his first run since April.

Renew may start at Moonee Valley on Saturday in a BM78 over 1600m. Stable debut for Darren Weir and first up run since February. Let’s hope to see this fellow back in the winners circle soon.

Master Zephyr has been nominated for a BM90 over 2040m on Saturday at Moonee Valley.

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Three OTI Ballarat Cup hopefuls


With OTI having not brought home the Ballarat Cup since My Bentley’s win in 2010, this year we have three hopefuls trying to do the job for us.

Lidari is currently 2nd favourite in the running, and he has good form leading into the Cup. Last week he finished strongly for a 3rd place in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes, with John Allen and Darren Weir reporting the horse is now ready for further distance. The 2200m journey of the Cup should suit him perfectly.

Lord Van Percy is only two runs into his preparation after two years on the sidelines with a tendon injury, followed by him being caught up in the well-publicised ibuprofen saga. His last 400m in the Eclipse on Saturday was more than promising and indicates he is ready for further distance. If he puts in a similar performance, he could certainly finish in the money.

Click here to watch a replay of Lidari and Lord Van Percy’s performances in the Eclipse Stakes.

Scherzoso is a consistent performer for OTI – especially when paired with Ben Allen, who has ridden him 6 times for 2 wins and 2 placings. Scherzoso finished 3rd in his last up run over 1800m, needing further and carrying 60kg.  With 54kg in the Cup, and over a more suitable distance, he could be hard to beat as well. Click here to watch Scherzoso’s impressive win over 2000m in July.

Unfortunately, all of our horses have drawn outside barriers: Lidari (15), Lord Van Percy (18), Scherzoso (16). Click here to view the field.

With these three talented stayers all reaching their preferred distance, let’s hope that the OTI colours are dominant in the finish!

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Weekly review and preview

Lidari (pictured) will compete in the Listed Ballarat Cup on Saturday.

Monday November 14, 2016

A brief look back at our recent runners.

Patchewollock (7th) ran well but didn’t handle the heavy conditions at Saint-Cloud (FR) on Tuesday.

Fastnet Vaganova (7th) was a little disappointing at Chantilly (FR) over 2800m on Wednesday.

Le Juge (3rd) performed well  in a Listed 2100m event at Le Croise-Laroche (FR) on Friday.

Fastnet Cyclone (2nd) ran a very good race over 1800m at Le Croise-Laroche (FR) on Friday. John Hammond sees this horse as one that will improve significantly next year, particularly once he gets over 2400m.

Azurite (2nd) put in another good effort at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Fastnet Lightning (4th) was unlucky in a 2100m race at Toulouse (FR) on Saturday.

Lord Van Percy (7th) ran well in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday. We are hopeful this Weir trained gelding will continue to improve as he gains fitness during his first preparation back.

Lidari (3rd) ran another good race in the Group 3 1800m Eclipse Stakes on Saturday and should be very competitive once he gets over further.

Coming up this week….

Manangatang is entered in a 1700m maiden at Lingfield Park (UK) on Tuesday.

Gallic Chieftain will have his second start since arriving in Australia this week. The French import will start in a BM78 handicap over 1800m at Sandown on Wednesday.

Fastnet Squall has been nominated for a 2400m race at Lyon (FR) on Thursday. Following his win in late October, we are hopeful of another strong effort.  

Plymouth Road has been nominated for a BM70 Hcp over 2040m at Moonee Valley on Friday.

Stone Warrior is planned to race in a 1450m maiden event at Kyneton also on Friday.

Mobaco is planned to run over 1600m in the Lennox Head Cup at Bellina on Saturday.

OTI may have 5 runners at Ballarat on Saturday.

Renew has been nominated for a BM84 Hcp over 1400m. This will be the gelding’s first start for his new trainer Darren Weir.

Lidari, Lord Van Percy, Scherzoso and Master Zephyr have been entered in the Listed Ballarat Cup over 2200m. With 4 competitive runners, we are hopeful of a Cup win this weekend.

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