OTI Gazette

The OTI Gazette is the official newsletter of OTI Racing.

We’ll aim to keep you informed across all things racing at OTI, both on and off the track.

NOVEMBER

  • Issue No.60 (November 26th) In this edition of the Gazette, we learn more about trainer Andrew Bobbin, who had his first runner just 12 months ago. We discuss the potential sale of Sandown Racecourse and Matt Stewart chats about the Jericho Cup (to be run this Sunday). Also, we meet one of our loyal owners and introduce Tom Melbourne’s half-brother!
  • Issue No.59 (November 12th) In this edition of the Gazette, we have a chat to Sydney Cup-winning jockey, Ronnie Stewart, who happens to hold a Helicopter licence! We also discuss the spring carnival, look at our upcoming runners, recent winners and Matt Stewart focuses on a few of the feel-good stories that have emerged.

OCTOBER

  • Issue No.58 (October 29th) In this edition of the Gazette, we get an insight into the life of Grahame Begg, one of the most well-respected trainers in the game. Also, we discuss how Cup week will look this year, preview a big Derby Day for OTI, introduce our new Australia colt in training with Joseph O’Brien and Matt Stewart gives his take on the current race program.
  • Issue No.57 (October 15th) In this edition of the Gazette, we get an insight into the life of Linda Meech, who has returned to race riding in emphatic style. We also discuss the joys of a Group 1 win, introduce our latest purchase from New Zealand and Matt Stewart gives his thoughts on the impacts of firm tracks.
  • Issue No.56 (October 1st) In this edition of the Gazette, we learn more about trainer Matt Cumani and his views on racing. We also discuss the growth of racing globally, and Matt Stewart provides a left-field suggestion for future editions of the Cox Plate.

SEPTEMBER

  • Issue No.55 (September 17th) In this edition of the Gazette, we get an insight into the life of a fan favourite jockey, Dean Yendall, look at the highs and lows of racing and introduce a new mare to the Phillip Stokes camp. Also, Matt Stewart talks about horses capturing the imagination of the public.
  • Issue No.54 (September 3rd)  In this edition of the Gazette, we get an insight into the life of trainer Matthew Dunn and discuss plenty of racing news. Also, we catch up with Grey Lion in retirement.

AUGUST

  • Issue No.53 (August 6th) In this edition of the Gazette, we look back on the season that was, Hermione catches up with Johnny Murtagh and Terry discusses ‘where champions come from’.

JULY

  • Issue No. 52 (July 2nd) In this month’s sole edition of the Gazette, Terry shares his thoughts on Frankel – The Ultimate Thoroughbred, Hermione sits down with Richard Freedman and Matt Stewart invents some “racing headlines you’d never see.”

JUNE

  • Issue No.51 (June 18th) In this week’s Gazette, Hermione sits down with Swedish-born trainer Pia Brandt, Terry tackles the topic of the importance of women in racing and Stuart Boman takes us inside Royal Ascot!
  • Issue No. 50 (June 4th) In this week’s Gazette, we farewell two of OTI’s most popular horses, Gallic Chieftain and Grey Lion! Plus, Hermione catches up with Clayton Douglas, Terry shares his thoughts on John Messara’s appointment as Chairman of Racing Australia and Matt Stewart weighs in on Peter Moody’s poke at the poms last week.

MAY

  • Issue No. 49 (May 21st) In this week’s Gazette, we look at the rise of bloodstock values, Hermione catches up with Michael Kent Jnr and we share a special update on OTI alum High Bridge, who is enjoying life post-racing as a member of our Equine Welfare Program. Plus, up and coming racing journalist Jackson Frantz shares his experiences as a fan, industry participant and now racehorse owner.
  • Issue No. 48(May 7th) This week’s Warrnambool May Racing Carnival saw eager fans flood through the gates to experience three days of high-quality flat and jumps racing action. To detail all of the amazing moments over the past three days would require a double edition. However, we’ll highlight the standouts.Plus, Terry Henderson shares his thoughts on The Cup changes, Hermione sits down with Vin Cox and John Berry provides insight into Northern Hemisphere racing.

APRIL

  • Issue No. 47 (April 23)
    In this week’s edition of the OTI Gazette,
    Terry Henderson reflects on The Championships, Hermione caught up with top Irish trainer Henry de Bromhead who is undoubtedly still on a high after not only saddling the quinella in the Aintree Grand National, but teaming up with jockey Rachael Blackmore who achieved the history-making victory. Plus we check in on OTI alum Urban Lumberjack who has recently been rehomed as a part of our welfare program, and Matt Stewart weighs in track ratings.
  • Issue No. 46 (April 9)
    In this week’s edition of the OTI Gazette, Matt Stewart reminisces on his journey to Royal Randwick for the first time, and we catch up with high-flying jockey, Tom Marquand. Plus, Terry Henderson weighs in on the resilience of the Australian racing industry!

MARCH

  • Issue No. 45 (March 26)
    In this week’s Gazette, we sit down with Warrnambool trainer Symon Wilde. Plus, we reflect on racing a year on from the pandemic, and Matt Stewart analyses last week’s Golden Slipper washout.
  • Issue No. 44 (March 12)
    We question whether the All-Star Mile has lost its shine. Plus, we sit down with OTI’s Hermione FitzGerald and Matt Stewart dissects The Slipper.

FEBRUARY

  • Issue No. 43 (February 26)
    Features a conversation with Hollie Doyle and Matt Stewart writes about the validity of trial form.

  • Issue No. 42 (February 12)
    Features a conversation with Luke Nolen and bloodstock agent Stuart Boman reflects on the global bloodstock industry.

JANUARY

  • Issue No. 41 (January 29)
    Features a conversation with Andrew Forsman, and we call for the return of owner’s on course rights.
  • Issue No. 40 (January 15)
    Features a conversation with rising star Annabel Neasham, and Matt Stewart reflects on this week’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

DECEMBER

  • Issue No. 39 (December 18)
    Features a conversation with legendary jockeys Ron Hutchinson and Lester Piggott, and guest contributor Jackson Frantz writes about falling in love with racing.
  • Issue No. 38 (December 11)
    Features a conversation with Matt Hill and we celebrate Gailo Chop.
  • Issue No. 37 (December 4)
    Features a conversation with Phillip Stokes and John Berry writes about Hollie Doyle.

NOVEMBER

  • Issue No. 36 (November 27)
    Features a conversation with Jericho Cup founder Bill Gibbins and Matt Stewart writes about the importance of the picnic racing circuit.
  • Issue No. 35 (November 20)
    Features a conversation with Sir Mark Todd and John Berry writes about True Self’s fascinating breeder, Don Cantillon.
  • Issue No. 34 (November 13)
    Features a conversation with Hugh Bowman and Matt Stewart questions whether the Cup still stops the nation.
  • Issue No. 33 (November 6)
    Features a conversation with Joseph O’Brien and an editorial on the fall out from the Melbourne Cup.

OCTOBER

  • Issue No. 32 (October 30)
    Features a conversation with Ciaron Maher and John Berry writes about European challengers in the history of the Melbourne Cup.
  • Issue No. 31 (October 23)
    Features a conversation with the voice of the AFL, Dennis Cometti and Matt Stewart recalls the Gai and Singo saga.
  • Issue No. 30 (October 16)
    Features a conversation with William Pike and Matt Stewart recalls the mystique of Might and Power’s trainer, Jack Denham.
  • Issue No. 29 (October 9)
    Features a conversation with astute tipster Deane Lester and John Berry recounts how past Epsom Derby winners have fared when travelling to Australia.
  • Issue No. 28 (October 2)
    Features a conversation with Annie Alexander and Matt Stewart writes about Enable.

SEPTEMBER

  • Issue No. 27 (September 24)
    Features a conversation with Greg Carpenter and we bring you all of the latest on our horses in quarantine.
  • Issue No. 26 (September 18)
    Features a conversation with Mitch Beer and John Berry writes about the domination of the O’Brien family and pays tribute to Irish champion jockey, Pat Smullen.
  • Issue No. 25 (September 10)
    Features a conversation with Glen Boss and guest writer Michael Lynch contemplates how less can sometimes be more when it comes to field sizes.
  • Issue No. 24 (September 4)
    Features a tribute to Subzero, a conversation with Diane Crump and John Berry writes about crowdless racing carnivals.

AUGUST

  • Issue No. 23 (August 28)
    Features a conversation with Terry Henderson, and John Berry writes about The Ebor.
  • Issue No. 22 (August 21)
    Features a conversation with up-and-coming trainer Will Freedman, and Matt Stewart writes about picnic racing
  • Issue No. 21 (August 14)
    Features a conversation with Australian cricketing legend Alan Davidson and Matt Stewart discusses racing’s reliance on gambling
  • Issue No. 20 (August 7)
    Features a Q & A with Robbie Griffiths and Terry Henderson provides a video update for owners

JULY

  • Issue No. 19 (July 31)
    Features a Q & A with Racing.com’s Matt Welsh and John Hammond discusses the future of racing
  • Issue No. 18 (July 24)
    Features a Q & A with trainer Matthew Williams and John Hammond reflects on one of the world’s best, Enable
  • Issue No. 17 (July 17)
    Features a Q & A with G1 winning jockey, Jamie Kah and John Hammond reviews his return to the track
  • Issue No. 16 (July 10)
    Features a Q & A with former race caller, Bryan Martin and John Hammond on the dominance of Aidan O’Brien
  • Issue No. 15 (July 3)
    Features a Q & A with elite trainer John O’Shea and John Hammond covers the upcoming feature races across Europe

JUNE

  • Issue No. 14 (June 26)
    Features a Q & A with Alix Choppin from Arqana and the feats of Gold Cup winners are detailed by John Hammond
  • Issue No. 13 (June 19)
    Features a Q & A with Craig Newitt and John Hammond on the experience of Royal Ascot
  • Issue No. 12 (June 12)
    Features a Q & A with Andrew Bensley and John Hammond reviews the first of the European Classics
  • Issue No. 11 (June 6)
    Features a Q & A with trainer Natalie Young and the story of Jimmy Winkfield with John Hammond

MAY

  • Issue No.10 (May 30)
    Features a Q & A with owner Laurie Larmer and John Hammond on different training methodology
  • Issue No.9 (May 23)
    Features a Q & A with G1 winning jockey Johnny Allen and what the Spring Carnival means to John Hammond
  • Issue No. 8 (May 16)
    Features a Q & A with Lizzie Jelfs and John Hammond discusses the recent return of racing in France
  • Issue No. 7 (May 9)
    Features a Q & A with NZ bloodstock agent Phill Cataldo and John Hammond shares some memories of Lester Piggott
  • Issue No. 6 (May 2)
    Features a Q & A with Jim Paltridge from IRT and a detailed look into the English’ history in Chantilly with John Hammond

APRIL

  • Issue No. 5 (April 25)
    Features a Q & A with leading vet Dr. Andrew Cust and John Hammond takes a look into the deeds of Frankel
  • Issue No. 4 (April 18)
    Features a Q & A with Charlie Duckworth from Chris Waller Racing and a special insight on Andre Fabre from John Hammond
  • Issue No. 3 (April 11)
    Features a Q & A with Tom Melbourne and the significance of the Derby with John Hammond
  • Issue No. 2 (April 4)
    Features a Q & A with leading New Zealand trainer Roger James as well John Hammond’s memories of Chantilly

MARCH

  • Issue No. 1 (March 28)
    Features a Q & A with G1 winning trainer Matt Smith and reflections from Europe with John Hammond