Begg plots path for ‘Quaddie Killer’ Romancer

Romancer will start long odds to win Saturday’s $160,000 Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) and even trainer Grahame Begg would be slightly surprised if the eight-year-old Redwood gelding scored at Caulfield.

Begg affectionally dubs Romancer as ‘The Quaddie Killer’ after winning last year’s $140,000 Listed Straight Six (1200m) at Flemington on May 22 at $101, paying $124.60 on the SuperTAB tote.

Romancer winning at Flemington in June 2019 (Racing Photos).

Romancer is one of 22 horses to win at $101 or greater in Melbourne since August 2007. He will make his third consecutive appearance in the Straight Six next month, but unlike his previous two starts in the race, will not be resuming but rather second up.

“There’s a lack of races for him,” Begg lamented. “I want to run him over 1200 metres but he doesn’t want it too soft so going to Warrnambool for the Wangoom Handicap isn’t an option as it can be bottomless.

“The Straight Six is in a month’s time so we’ll give him a run on Saturday in the Bel Esprit and then go back to Flemington.”

Romancer has won nine of 51 starts, with three of his victories at Flemington from 1200 to 1720 metres.

“He’s great at Flemington and his form is terrific down the straight,” Begg said.

“He ran second to The Astrologist in last year’s Aurie’s Star Handicap and he’s going particularly well. He doesn’t know his age, he is a beauty.”

Romancer has been prepared for the Bel Esprit with two Cranbourne jumpouts, winning the latest over 1000 metres on April 4.

This article was written by Carl Di Iorio and can be read in full through here.

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OTI’s Equine Welfare Fund set to support the Stonewall Equestrian Championships

OTI is set to partner with the Thoroughbred Sport Horse Association (TSHA) at their Stonewall Autumn Carnival, a 4-day event that commences on Thursday.

OTI’s Equine Welfare Fund will be the naming sponsor of the 6 Bar event, which holds an attractive purse of $2,500. A jump also endorsed by OTI’s Equine Welfare Fund will feature throughout the championships and will reside at Stonewall Equestrian following this weekend’s competition. 

One of the event jumps with OTI’s logo and colours.

“The TSHA does a terrific job in establishing and funding events for retired racehorses. Their initiatives across the country have been instrumental in creating opportunity and demand for thoroughbreds in their lives post-racing.” said Campbell Wansbrough, OTI’s Equine Welfare Coordinator.

“Through the backing of our Equine Welfare Fund, we are thrilled to kick-off an association with the TSHA in Friday’s 6 Bar event.” he added.

Stonewall’s Autumn Carnival will be held in memory of Heathfield Rawson-Harris, who sadly passed away earlier this month. Heath was the creator and visionary behind Stonewall’s showgrounds. His wife Krissy, the director of the TSHA, has endeavoured to follow Heath’s directions and dreams to see it to completion.

See all event information here.

If you would like to read more about our Welfare Program click here.

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OTI Gazette | Issue 69

In the 69th edition of the OTI Gazette, we have a chat to Irish trainer Jessica Harrington, who has trained a number of horses for OTI over the years.

We also discuss the importance of broodmares and their place in the industry, look at our upcoming runners, recent winners and Matt Stewart focuses on Damien Oliver’s monumental achievement, becoming the most successful Group 1 winning Australian jockey of all-time.


“I grew up in Co Meath, Ireland and it was a life surrounded by horses. My father played polo and we hunted, three day evented as well as having a few point to pointers. My father was a very good horseman and I learnt a lot from him, along with many others along the way. “


“Broodmares are the genesis of racing. The conformation, looks, bloodlines and cost of their progeny sets the foundation for what then happens in the sales ring and on the track. As evidenced by what we are witnessing in Japan currently, the quality of the broodmare population can change competitiveness, be it a nation, a state or a stud.”

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