OTI Racing | Weekend Preview

OTI runners span far and wide this weekend, with runners in three states at home and two countries in Europe! One of our most exciting foreign invaders is having an important run as he makes his way towards the Melbourne Cup.

Saturday 21st of August

Eagle Farm

Current Track Rating: Good

Dick Whittington

Matt Smith believes that Dick Wittington is very well placed in this race. The trip will also bring him on for longer races this campaign.

Race 1 – 11:30 am | 1835m Class 6 | T: Matthew Smith | J: Michael Cahill 55.5kg | Barrier 7 | Saddlecloth 3

Dick Whittington, Deauville, photo: Zuzanna Lupa.

Moonee Valley

Current Track Rating: Good


With some gear tinkering at home, we hope to see Petruchio bounce back to form. A much loved galloper, he would be a most deserved winner if he can get his nose in front.

Race 4 – 2:45 pm | 1600m BM78 | T: Archie Alexander | J: Ben Allen 57.5kg | Barrier 3 | Saddlecloth 9

Petruchio (IRE) ridden by Jordan Childs wins the Iron Jack Australian Lagers Class 1 Handicap at Pakenham. (Natasha Morello/Racing Photo).

Scarlet Tufty

This race will further improve Scarlet Tufty’s condition as he build towards longer journeys.

Race 4 – 2:45 pm | 1600m BM78 | T: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace | J: John Allen 61.5kg | Barrier 5 | Saddlecloth 1

Scarlet Tufty.


Romancer will try to hold his position just behind the leaders. This grand campaigner is expected to run well again.

Race 9 – 5:45 pm | 1500m Hcp | T: Grahame Begg | J: Josh Richards (3kg claim) TW 56kg | Barrier 11 | Saddlecloth 4

Romancer winning at Flemington.

La Teste de Buch (FR)

Current Track Rating: Soft


Antoine de Watrigant is delighted with this filly. Although the run will bring her on, she is expected to be most competitive.

Race 1 – 12:42 am AEST | 1800m 3yo Maiden | T: A. Watrigant | J: Fabrice Veron 56.5kg | Barrier 6 | Saddlecloth 7

Rivaport looking well this prep at Antoine de Watrigant’s stables.

York (UK)

Current Track Rating: Good


As a key lead up race to the Melbourne Spring Carnival, Mirann is expected to feature in the finish. Hopefully he can use his great sprint to run over the top of this quality field.

Race 4 – 12:35 am AEST | 2788m Ebor Handicap | T: J P Murtagh | J: Adam Kirby 58.5kg | Barrier 6 | Saddlecloth 19


Sunday 22nd August


Current Track Rating: Good


This Shocking 3yo has been working very well leading into his first race start. With Jamie Kah aboard, he’s expected to do well.

Race 3 – 1:25 pm | 1429m Maiden | T: Clayton Douglas | J: Jamie Kah 57kg | Barrier 12 | Saddlecloth 9

Inverell at Clayton’s stables.

We wish all of our connections the best of luck over the weekend!