OTI Racing | Weekend Preview

The weekend is highlighted by Ottoman Emperor’s appearance in the Group 1 St Leger at Doncaster, and Timour’s first run for OTI owners in the Group 2 Prix Niel at Longchamp on Sunday.

SATURDAY 11th of September


Current Track Rating: Good

Harbour Views

Matt Williams has Harbour Views returning stronger than in previous preparations. He may need this run but from the good barrier, he is expected to be in the placings in this strong field.

Race 5 – 2:55 pm | 1400m Listed The Sofitel | T: Matthew Williams | J: Damian Lane 55.5kg | Barrier 3 | Saddlecloth 3

Harbour Views winning first-up at Caulfield in his second racing campaign.

Kembla Grange

Current Track Rating: Good

Dick Whittington

This race shapes as an ideal steppingstone for Dick Whittington as he works his way up to 2400m targets. However, from the good barrier, he is expected to be more competitive than his first two starts in Australia.

Race 3 – 12:50 pm | 2000m BM78 | T: Matthew Smith | J: Ms Rachel King 59kg | Barrier 2 | Saddlecloth 2

Dick Whittington, Deauville, 22/09/2020, photo: Zuzanna Lupa.

Sound of Cannons

This developing stayer is well placed here. Despite the barrier, he is expected to be very strong at the end of the 2000m and is considered a good place chance.

Race 3 – 12:50 pm | 2000m BM78 | T: John O’Shea | J: Regan Bayliss 55.5kg | Barrier 11 | Saddlecloth 12

Sound of Cannons heading to the barriers.

Stuck With You

This rising stayer is another who is well placed here. Following a promising second-up run at the Randwick Kensington track where he hit the line nicely, he should be once again doing his best work late.

Race 3 – 12:50 pm | 2000m BM78 | T: Matthew Dunn | J: Regan Bayliss 55.5kg | Barrier 11 | Saddlecloth 12

Stuck With You winning at Doomben last preparation.


Current Track Rating: Good


Darwin looks very well-placed in this field and has come on well from his first up run. He should be hard to run down if he gets his own way in front.

Race 1 – 12:42 pm | 2500m BM78 | T: Matthew Williams | J: Paul Gatt 59.5kg | Barrier 4 | Saddlecloth 1

Darvin winning last preparation at Sandown.

Gold Coast

Current Track Rating: Good

Southern Rock

Southern Rock will be ridden more aggressively than his last start. He has come out of that race well and Matt Dunn believes that he should be competitive.

Race 8 – 4:24 pm | 1800m BM70 | T: Matthew Dunn | J: Baylee Nothdurft 59.5kg, Barrier 4, Saddlecloth 3

Southern Rock winning in the UK.

SUNDAY 12th September

Doncaster (GB)

Current Track Rating: Good

Ottoman Emperor

Ottoman Emperor has done everything required of him to get to this English Classic. Although a challenging race, hopes are high that he could be in the placings.

Race 5 – 12:35 am AEST | 2921m Group 1 St Leger Stakes | T: J P Murtagh | J: Ben Coen | Barrier 8 | Saddlecloth 6

Ottoman Emperor breaking his maiden at Cork.

Longchamp (FR)

Current Track Rating: Good


Race 3 – 10:33 pm AEST | 2400m Group 2 Prix Niel | T: A Fabre J: Mickael Barzalona, 58kg | Barrier 1 | Saddlecloth 5

Timour is having his first start for OTI owners and steps up to Group 2 level. André Fabre believes that this horse is a most capable galloper. Placing here will be a good result in this high quality field.

Timour winning at St Cloud (FR).


Kloster has been a model of consistency this preparation and again he is expected to be in the placings.

 Race 9 – 2:15 am (Monday AEST) | 1400m Class 2 | T: E. D. Monfort | J: Mickael Barzalona 56.5kg | Barrier 6 | Saddlecloth 11

Kloster looking in good shape after his last run.

Curragh (IRE)

Current Track Rating: Good


Johnny Murtagh has always felt Mirann was capable of winning a feature handicap, and he’ll get another chance to in this race. He will need luck in the big field but should be running on strongly at the finish.

Race 8 – 2:45 am (Monday AEST) | 2000m Northfields Handicap | T: J P Murtagh | J: Ben Martin Coen 9-13 | Barrier 19 | Saddlecloth 2

Mirann winning his first race for OTI at Gowran Park (IRE).

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