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OTI Racing | Weekend Preview

Another action packed weekend of spring racing ahead for the team. Could I’m Thunderstruck continue OTI’s trend of a Group 1 win every year this weekend?

SATURDAY 9th of October

Caulfield

Current Track Rating: Soft

Harbour Views

Race 9 – 5:10 pm | 1600m Group 1 Toorak Handicap | T: Matthew Williams | J: Michael Dee 53kg | Barrier 14 | Saddlecloth 7

Harbour Views is in career best form. We expect him to be finishing strongly down the outside in a race that is very open. Rain and cut out of the track will be to his advantage.

John Allen returns to the mounting yard on Harbour Views (FR) after winning the Inglis July Sales Series Handicap, at Moonee Valley Racecourse on June 13, 2020 in Moonee Ponds, Australia.(Reg Ryan/Racing Photos).

I’m Thunderstruck

Unlucky in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, I’m Thunderstruck is placed very well in this race. His stable believe him to be a strong winning chance.

Race 9 – 5:10 pm | 1600m Group 1 Toorak Handicap | T: Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) | J: Jye McNeil 52kg | Barrier 4 | Saddlecloth 11

I’m Thunderstruck (NZ) ridden by Jamie Kah wins the Dominant Cleaning Solutions Handicap at Moonee Valley Racecourse on July 31, 2021 in Moonee Ponds, Australia. (George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos).

Barade

With Barade given the opportunity to sit further forward in this race, the hope is that he can use his strong finish to win this years Herbert Power Stakes.

Race 10 – 5:45 pm | 2400m Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes | T: Archie Alexander | J: Declan Bates 53kg | Barrier 1 | Saddlecloth 12

Barade (FR) ridden by Declan Bates wins the Very Special Kids Pin and Win Trophy at Flemington Racecourse on November 07, 2020 in Flemington, Australia. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos).

Future Score

Matt Cumani has been delighted with this horse’s work since his first run. From the good barrier, he should settle in the first six and be given the opportunity to be finishing strongly.

Race 10 – 5:45 pm | 2400m Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes | T: Matt Cumani | J: Dean Yendall 55.5kg | Barrier 4 | Saddlecloth 6

Craig Williams with Future Score (IRE) after winning the Banjo Paterson Series Final at Flemington Racecourse on July 06, 2019 in Flemington, Australia. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos).

Hamilton

Current Track Rating: Soft

Harmysian

Harmysian has had little luck in his first two starts in Australia. He’s worked very well leading into this race and there is good confidence that he can be in the finish.

Race 7 – 4:46 pm | 2200m Hamilton Cup | T: Clayton Douglas | J: Joe Bowditch 56kg | Barrier 1 | Saddlecloth 4

Harmysian on arrival to Australia (2021-06-21).

Seawhatyouthink

Having won his first start in Australia, Matt Williams believes he has continued to progress going into this race. A finish in the first two placings will see him in the final at Flemington on Oaks Day.

Race 8 – 5:26 pm | 1600m BM70 | T: Matthew Williams | J: Lachlan King (a0/53kg) 60kg | Barrier 14 | Saddlecloth 7

Seawhatyouthink (FR) ridden by Zac Spain wins the Oz Equipment Rentals BM64 Handicap at Geelong Racecourse on September 05, 2021 in Geelong, Australia. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos).

Randwick

Current Track Rating: Good

Inverell

While it is a shot at the stumps to go to a Group 1 with this talented youngster, the experience will be valuable in deciding the horse’s immediate spring future. He has worked well enough to be competitive here.

Race 8 – 4:50 pm | 2000m Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes | T: Clayton Douglas | J: Nash Rawiller 56.5kg | Barrier 13 | Saddlecloth 17

Inverell (NZ) ridden by Jamie Kah wins the Carlton Draught Maiden Plate at Sale Racecourse on August 22, 2021 in Sale, Australia. (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos).

York (UK)

Current Track Rating: Soft

Speranzoso

Ed Walker believes that this talented colt is ideally placed to feature in his second career start. A win would lay an excellent foundation for his three-year-old year.

Race 5 – 1:50 am (Sunday AEST) | 1400m 2yo Class 3 | T: Ed Walker | J: Hollie Doyle 9st 2lbs | Barrier 6 | Saddlecloth 11

Speranzoso at the time of his purchase.

SUNDAY 10th of October

Ballarat

Current Track Rating: Soft

Almsgiver

Matt Williams has been delighted with the way Almsgiver has progressed since his unlucky first up run. The stable believes he’s a strong winning chance.

Race 7 – 4:15 pm | 1600m BM64 | T: Matthew Williams | J: Dean Yendall 59kg | Barrier 4 | Saddlecloth 8

Almsgiver (NZ) ridden by Dean Yendall wins the The Bottle O Swan Hill SV 2&3YO Maiden Plate at Swan Hill Racecourse on June 13, 2021 in Swan Hill, Australia. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos).

Tarbes (FR)

Rivaport

Current Track Rating: Good

This talented filly has been knocking on the door and is poised to do well here. She is then likely to head to Australia.

1500m 3yo Maiden | T: A. de Watrigant | J: Fabrice Veron 56.5kg | Barrier 12 | Saddlecloth 9

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

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