Crocodile Shoes headed to Sandown

Irish import, Crocodile Shoes, will make his fist Australian appearance over 1600M at Sandown on Wednesday (R2, 1.30pm).

The lightly-raced son of Galileo showed good staying ability in his brief Irish career. He won a Maiden over 2084M at Roscommon at his third start and both his breeding and racing style suggests that he will improve as the distances get longer.

The Freedman’s have been most impressed with Crocodile Shoes since he entered their Pinecliffe base on the Mornington Peninsula. The 4YO entire has thrived since stepping off the plane in Australia and his positive transformation that has continued in his new stable environment.

Heading into his Australian debut, Crocodile Shoes has had three jump-outs, with his most recent being at Flemington on May 1. He has had a solid grounding to head back to the races and with top hoop, Craig Williams, taking the ride he should be afforded every opportunity on Wednesday.

The mile of Wednesday’s race will ultimately be short of his best but it’s hoped he will be hitting the line with future targets in mind. OTI wishes its owners all the very best with Crocodile Shoes.

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Aloisia impresses in Cranbourne trial

A recent acquisition from New Zealand, Aliosia was most impressive in winning her first Australian hitout at Cranbourne on Monday morning. Ridden by Luke Nolen, the 2YO filly jumped evenly from the inside alley, moved up to the leader’s turning and was strong to the line under her own steam.

The filly gave all concerned a fright at the Sandown jump outs a week prior when she dipped shortly after jumping and dumping Luke Nolen in the process. Thankfully both horse and rider came through the incident unscathed.

Aloisia was purchased on the back of two very good runs in New Zealand. On debut, she covered plenty of ground before rallying late to finish fifth. At her most recent run at Trentham she again made late headway over 1200M when second to a subsequently Group 1 runner-up (Belle Du Nord).

The Maher stable have been impressed with this daughter of Irish sire, Azamour, since arriving at their Caulfield stable. She will have at least one race this campaign before the bar is raised during the spring.

OTI have been delighted with a trio of recent acquisitions out of New Zealand. Savvy Acquisition had his first trial for Trent and Natalie Bussutin at Cranbourne last week and looks set to debut in coming weeks. The training duo also have a promising 2YO filly, Angelic Spirit, who is back in work after impressing in trials last campaign.

It’s an exciting time for OTI partners involved in these New Zealand imports and we wish them all the best in coming months.

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Wagga Cup on Pemberley’s radar

Pemberley will head north of the Murray on Friday in search of success in the Listed Wagga Cup (Race 7, 4.20pm).

Trained by Ciaron Maher, the five-year-old came of age last preparation when winning the Murtoa Cup before going on to place in the Herbert Power and ultimately gaining a start in the Caulfield Cup.

Pemberley showed he had returned in tremendous order with a fast-finishing fifth when resuming over the mile at Caulfield in an on-pace dominated affair. He had been trialling strongly leading into the run so it pleasing to see him perform so well.

The 2000M of the Wagga Cup is ideal for Pemberley second-up and from an advantageous draw, Jay Ford should enjoy a lovely run in transit. The Maher stable have had this race in mind for some time and this gelding has historically improved second-up.

Pemberley’s short-term future lies in Queensland where he will be targeted at a couple of races over the Winter Carnival. The ultimate aim is seen as the Brisbane Cup over 2400M on June 10.

A most competitive run is expected from Pemberley on Friday and OTI would like to wish all owners the best of luck.

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