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OTI joins forces with O’Brien

Exciting Irish-bred staying prospect Zaynudin has joined the OTI contingent in the hope of continuing our successful affiliation with dual Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Joseph O’Brien.

The son of Champion sire Fastnet Rock was acquired as we believe he is an exciting horse as he develops with further race experience and physical maturity.

Joseph is aware that Zaynudin suits our ambition to obtain high-quality middle-distance gallopers and stayers who are capable of prospering in the future.

Zaynudin was owned and bred by internationally renowned The Aga Khan Stud, who OTI has had great success in buying from over a long period of time. We believe this galloper to be in the upper echelon of horses we have acquired in recent times.

The lightly raced talent has been most competitive in his two career starts to date, having finished third on both occasions.

On debut in March, he was beaten less than a length by Sir Lamorak, the current second favourite for the English Derby, before producing a bold showing behind another highly-fancied Derby runner, Woodsworth.

With Zaynudin currently in full work, Joseph plans on taking him to a maiden in an attempt to get the ball rolling by putting a win on the board. From there, the plan would be to progress to stakes level in the second half of the season and contest various high-value races in both Ireland and France.

“If Zaynudin progresses as planned, he will likely remain in Joseph’s care with the intention of coming out to Australia in the spring of 2022,” said Terry Henderson.