A stellar weekend of racing for OTI will see the navy and gold silks carried in Australia, Ireland and France. The weekend is highlighted by runners in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup in Melbourne, and St Leger Stakes in Sydney.
Promising filly Yosemite will line up in a 3yo Fillies race over 1400m (Race 2 – 12:50 pm). After being scratched last week, she has been working well and is feeling bright and fresh according to Robbie Griffiths. With William Pike in the saddle, we’re anticipating that she will perform strongly.
True Self will take her place in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup over 2400m (Race 9 – 5:15 pm) for the Willie Mullins stable. Whilst she hasn’t won since her Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes victory at Flemington last spring, she has raced in competitive events and has lacked luck in her runs. Jumping from barrier 4 with Declan Bates aboard, we are confident that she will run a bold race and be right in the finish to continue her superb record on Australian soil.
Two OTI runners will contest the St Leger Stakes at Randwick over 2600m (Race 9 – 5:30 pm).
Progressive stayer Attorney steps up in trip off the back of his Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality win a fortnight ago. Matthew Smith is pleased with his recent work and said he couldn’t fault him at this point in his preparation. With in-form hoop Jason Collett riding him from the inside barrier, we’re confident that he will run a big race.
Azuro also contests the St Leger Stakes, for the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace stable. He pulled up well from his run in the Group 1 The Metropolitan last start where he finished 14th but showed a promising effort in the final stages. With three runs under his belt he has come on from his last start, and we expect him to put in a strong showing with Regan Bayliss riding from barrier 10.
On Sunday morning Australian time, Camphor will contest a 3yo+ Handicap over 2400m (Race 6 – 2:45 am Sunday AEST). The Camelot mare has had an eight-week spell, and Jessica Harrington is delighted with her progress. We’re optimistic that she will perform well with Shane Foley in the saddle.
Le Croise-Laroche, France
In France, Paradia is set to contest a Class 4 race over 1800m (Race 8 – 6:00 am Sunday AEST). New trainer Mario Baratti is pleased with her and believes she will appreciate the drop back in distance and soft track. We expect her to finish off strongly with Guilain Bertrand riding from barrier 8.
Sleepless has accepted for a Benchmark 64 over 2000m (Race 4 – 2:45 pm) on Sunday afternoon. The Archie Alexander trained gelding showed an encouraging performance when he finished 3rd at Kyneton last start. Alexander commented that he’s happy with the horse and believes from barrier 2, he should have every opportunity to be right in the mix. Neil Farley rides.
Benitoite has accepted for the Listed Seymour Cup over 1600m (Race 8 – 5:00 pm). The Americain mare is in great shape according to trainer Clinton McDonald who expects her to be peaking third up. With showers forecast over the weekend, she will appreciate the give in the ground and we expect her to figure in the finish with Billy Egan riding from barrier 7.
Romancer will also contest the Listed Seymour Cup for the Grahame Begg stable. The Listed winner is in terrific shape going into what looks a perfect race for him. With Jordan Childs riding from barrier 1, we’re optimistic that he’ll bounce back to winning form.
Best of luck to our connections!