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OTI Racing | Weekend Preview

This weekend of spring racing is highlighted by the world renowned Caulfield Cup. With the unfortunate late scratching of Quick Thinker, OTI is now represented by the one runner Selino in the race. There is also plenty of action across the country, and internationally for the team this Saturday.

SATURDAY 16th October

Caulfield

Current Track Rating: Heavy

Eagles Crag

Difficulty in finding appropriate races, combined with a small health hick up has interrupted Eagles Crag’s preparation. However Archie Alexander has said his work has been excellent leading up to this race. With luck in running, he should be in the finish.

Race 1 – 12:15 pm | 1700m BM80 | T: Archie Alexander | J: Jordan Childs 58kg | Barrier 6 | Saddlecloth 10

Eagles Crag (IRE) ridden by Ben Allen wins the Rangedale Drainage & Industrial Services BM64 Handicap at Benalla Racecourse on September 26, 2021 in Benalla, Australia. (David Thorpe/Racing Photos).

Selino

As he prepares for the Melbourne Cup, Selino is looking to finish this race strongly and lay the foundation for a big effort in 2 1/2 weeks.  

Race 9 – 5:15 pm | 2400m Group 1 Caulfield Cup | T: Chris Waller | J: Fred Kersley 53.5kg | Barrier 17 | Saddlecloth 6

SELINO - Gr 1 Sydney Cup
Selino winning the Group 1 Sydney Cup last year.

Eagle Farm

Current Track Rating: Soft

Southern Rock

On the back of a return to form two starts back, Southern Rock is expected to be very competitive here. The barrier is no help, so hopefully he can run into the race over the last 400 metres.

Race 3 – 1:48 pm | 2218m BM78 | T: Matthew Dunn | J: Michael Cahill 55.5kg | Barrier 10 | Saddlecloth 5

Southern Rock during a spell in Ballarat.

Taaffeite

This mare’s form has been excellent as she looks to get another win on the board before a well-deserved break.

Race 3 – 1:48 pm | 2218m BM78 | T: Matthew Dunn | J: Ron Stewart 54kg | Barrier 1 | Saddlecloth 9

Taaffeite returning to the winners circle at Ipswich.

Randwick

Current Track Rating: Soft

Young Rascal

The Freedman camp has been delighted with Young Rascal since his last start second. From what they have seen since, he is capable of going one better in this race.

Race 9 – 5:30 pm | 2600m St Leger Stakes | T: Richard & Michael Freedman | J: Sam Clipperton 57.5kg | Barrier  7 | Saddlecloth 5

Young Rascal heading to the barriers.

Newcastle

Current Track Rating: Soft

Seven Twenty

This talented filly resumes after a short break. She’s expected to be very competitive but will also be improved by the run. 

Race 7 – 5:10 pm | 1250m Class 1 | T: Matthew Smith | J: Dylan Gibbons (a3/54kg) 56.5kg | Barrier 2 | Saddlecloth 9

Seven Twenty’s Goulburn Win, August 15, 2021 (Bradley Photographers).

SUNDAY 17th October

Leopardstown (IRE)

Current Track Rating: Good

Zaynudin

On the bigger track and with blinkers applied, Joseph O’Brien believes Zaynudin will be very hard to beat.

Race 6 – 2:20 am AEST | 2000m Maiden | T: Joseph O’Brien | J: J Mc Donogh 58kg | Barrier 13 | Saddlecloth 6

Zaynudin at the time of purchase.

Camphor

Camphor goes to her likely last race before heading to the Newmarket Broodmare Sales in early December. With a slow track, she could well end her race career successfully.

Race 8 – 3:25am AEST | 2400m Premier Handicap | T: J. Harrington | J: E. Doyle (a3/55kg) 58kg | Barrier 8 | Saddlecloth 4

Camphor winning at Galway, IRE on August 5, 2020.

We wish all of our connections the best of luck for an exciting weekend ahead!