OTI Racing | Weekend Preview

Off the back of Quick Thinker’s terrific 2nd in the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup on Friday, seven OTI runners are set to contest stakes races this weekend, headlined by I’m Thunderstruck and Romancer in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

Saturday 18th of September


Current Track Rating: Good


First-up in his second racing preparation in Australia, Amade is poised to run a good race fresh as he starts his build-up towards a tilt at the Melbourne Cup.

Race 7 – 4:15pm | 2000m Group 3 Naturalism Stakes | T: Phillip Stokes | J: Ben Allen 56.5kg | Barrier 6 | Saddlecloth 6

Amade winning at Flemington in April.

Future Score

Future Score returns to racing after missing the autumn and for that reason, is sure to be improved for the outing. If he can recapture his spring form of 2020, which included a Cranbourne Cup victory, he is sure to feature in a nice race over the Carnival.

Race 7 – 4:15pm | 2000m Group 3 Naturalism Stakes | T: Matt Cumani | J: Dean Yendall 55.5kg | Barrier 13 | Saddlecloth 10

Future Score (IRE) ridden by Fred W Kersley wins the TAB Cranbourne Cup at Cranbourne Racecourse on October 11, 2020 in Cranbourne, Australia. (Ross Holburt/Racing Photos).

I’m Thunderstruck

A very exciting galloper, I’m Thunderstruck is sure to make his presence felt with the light weight on his back. Despite the wide draw, the Price & Kent team are confident of a top showing from this son of Shocking.

Race 8 – 4:50pm | 1400m Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes | T: Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr | J: Jye McNeil 52kg | Barrier 16 | Saddlecloth 16

I’m Thunderstruck (NZ) ridden by Jamie Kah wins the K.A. Morrison Handicap at Flemington Racecourse on July 17, 2021 in Flemington, Australia. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos).


One of OTI’s most consistent horses, Romancer finally gets his chance to compete at Group 1 level. He comes into the race fit and well and if given the right run, can certainly feature in the home straight.

Race 8 – 4:50pm | 1400m Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes | T: Grahame Begg | J: Michael Dee 52kg | Barrier 8 | Saddlecloth 11

Romancer (NZ) ridden by Lachlan Neindorf wins the Hilton Nicholas Straight Six at Flemington Racecourse on May 22, 2021 in Flemington, Australia. (George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos).


Current Track Rating: Soft


Up to 2000m, Attorney is well-poised to run a good race second-up. Although he will be better suited over further, he should should be running home strongly.

Race 9 – 4:35pm | 2000m Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes | T: Matthew Smith | J: Brock Ryan 56kg | Barrier 11 | Saddlecloth 10

Attorney (FR) ridden by Nash Rawiller wins the Sportsbet Pakenham Cup at Sportsbet Pakenham Racecourse on December 05, 2020 in Pakenham, Australia. (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos).


Our Sydney Cup winner will appreciate the extra 400m second-up but still finds himself racing at a distance well short of his best. It’s important he relaxes in running and hits the line well as he progresses towards more suitable targets.

Race 9 – 4:35pm | 2000m Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes | T: Chris Waller | J: Glen Boss 58kg | Barrier 7 | Saddlecloth 1

SELINO - Gr 1 Sydney Cup
Selino winning the G1 Sydney Cup earlier this year.

Young Rascal

Though out of form on race day, Young Rascal heads into this race looking and moving well. He does however need to start showing some endeavour in his races. His best form would see him competitive in a race of this nature.

Race 9 – 4:35pm | 2000m Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes | T: Richard & Michael Freedman | J: Sam Clipperton 56kg | Barrier 9 | Saddlecloth 11

Young Rascal at Canterbury Park Quarantine back in the autumn of 2020.

St Cloud (FR)

Current Track Rating: Good


Resuming off the back of a serious colic attack, it will be great to see this talented son of New Bay return. Though he’s likely to need the run, Andre is confident of a forward showing.

Race 5 – 12:25am Sunday AEST | 1600m 3yo Maiden | T: Andre Fabre | J: Sophie Tison 55.5kg | Barrier 4 | Saddlecloth 5

Funambulist during his morning routine in Chantilly.

Sunday 19th of September

Bordeaux le Bouscat (FR)

Current Track Rating: Good


A very consistent mare, Schwanensee is once again expected to be competitive. She is knocking on the door of another win.

Race 4 – 1:45am Monday AEST | 1900m Class 3 | T: Antoine de Watrigant | J: Fabrice Veron 54kg | Barrier 4 | Saddlecloth 9

Schwanensee breaking her maiden at Castera-Verduzan earlier this preparation.

We wish all of our connections the very best of luck!