We’re looking forward to a busy weekend ahead, with nine OTI horses racing in Australia and Ireland.
On Saturday, two Matthew Smith-trained runners will feature in the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality over 2400m (Race 2 – 1:05 pm).
Attorney will line up in the race with Jason Collett booked to ride. Smith is happy with the horse, commenting that he travelled beautifully in his gallop earlier this week. With two good runs under his belt, we’re expecting him to finish off strongly.
Grey Lion also contests the race, with Kathy O’Hara riding. The nine-year-old trialled well this week and Smith remarked that he is in good form. We’re anticipating that he will also perform well.
Promising filly Yosemite races in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude over 1400m (Race 7 – 4:30 pm) for the Robbie Griffiths stable. The filly had a luckless run in the Listed Cap d’Antibes Stakes a fortnight ago, but we’re hoping with the further distance she will get a nice run and be competitive. William Pike takes the ride.
Two runners will represent OTI in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes over 1800m (Race 8 – 5:05 pm).
Veteran galloper Gailo Chop steps out in the race for Matthew Williams. Whilst things didn’t go to plan for the ten-year-old in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes, Williams commented that the horse is sound and has been working well since then. We’re hoping that he will finish off strongly, with Dean Yendall aboard.
Stablemate, Harbour Views will also contest the Underwood Stakes, in what will be his first Group 1 appearance. Williams commented that he has taken improvement from his 3rd placing in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes last start. With John Allen booked to ride, he should have every opportunity to find the finish line strongly.
Future Score races first-up in the 1700m Handicap (Race 9 – 5:45 pm) for Matt Cumani with Fred Kersley in the saddle. Cumani commented that he is fit and working well and we’re hoping to see him put in a competitive effort.
Inverloch also contests the 1700m Handicap for Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young, with Michael Dee riding. Whilst he has drawn a wide barrier, the stable believe he’ll run very well, and the race will be the perfect lead up run into the Cranbourne Cup.
King of Camelot will race in the Coleraine Cup over 1800m (Race 8 – 4:46 pm) for Jamie Edwards with Zac Spain riding. Edwards commented that he’s been ticking over nicely in his work. Whilst his recent form has been disappointing, we’re hoping to see improvement in his run.
In Ireland, Mirann will contest a 3yo+ Handicap over 2400m (Race 6 – 1:15 am) on Sunday (Race 6 – 1:15 am Monday AEST). Johnny Murtagh indicated that the horse has come through his last start well and continues to show improvement. We’re pleased with his recent form and are expecting him to run a big race.
Best of luck to our partners!