OTI Racing | Weekend Preview

A host of chances at stakes level in both Melbourne and Sydney makes for another exciting weekend for OTI owners.

SATURDAY 23rd October

The Valley

Current Track Rating: Good


The ever reliable Romancer will be hoping for a strong pace. This will enable him to swoop into this race late. With luck, he could well be in the finish.

Race 6 – 3:10 pm | 1600m Group 2 Crystal Mile | T: Grahame Begg | J: Jordan Childs 59kg | Barrier 9 | Saddlecloth 3

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

Spirit of Gaylard

On the back of his strong Bendigo win, Spirit of Gaylard is expected to perform well here. A good run will set him up for a Group 1 test during the Carnival.

Race 7 – 3:45 pm | 2040m Group 2 Vase | T: Mitchell Freedman | J: Jordan Childs 57kg | Barrier 12 | Saddlecloth 9

Spirit Of Gaylard (NZ) ridden by Jordan Childs wins the Bendigo Mazda Maiden Plate at Bendigo Racecourse on October 03, 2021 in Bendigo, Australia. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos).


Attorney could cement his place in the Melbourne Cup with a strong showing in this race. According to his trainer Matt Smith, last year’s Pakenham Cup winner appears now ready to peak.

Race 8 – 4:25 pm | 2500m Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup | T: Matthew Smith | J: Craig Williams 56.5kg | Barrier 1 | Saddlecloth 4

Attorney (FR) after winning the Sportsbet Pakenham Cup at Sportsbet Pakenham Racecourse on December 05, 2020 in Pakenham, Australia. (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos).

Future Score

Matt Cumani believes Future Score is well placed to run into the placings in this race. He too would lock in a Melbourne Cup spot with a win.

Race 8 – 4:25 pm | 2500m Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup | T: Matt Cumani | J: Dean Yendall 56kg | Barrier 6 | Saddlecloth 6

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).


Current Track Rating: Good


Saved from the wet track last week, Cepheus is expected to be most competitive here. The hope is that he can obtain a trail into the race. The long Randwick stretch should see him finish strongly.

Race 7 – 4:10 pm | 2400m Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup | T: Matthew Dunn | J: Jason Collett 57kg | Barrier 12 | Saddlecloth 2

Cepheus heading to the barriers at Newcastle (Bradley Photographers).

Sound of Cannons

This is Sound of Cannons’ chance to feature. From the good barrier, he should take a forward position and be ready to finish off well for a long overdue win.

Race 7 – 4:10 pm | 2400m Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup | T: John O’Shea | J:  Jean Van Overmeire 53kg | Barrier 4 |  Saddlecloth 10

Sound of Cannons heading to the gates (Bradley Photographers).

SUNDAY 24th October


Current Track Rating: Good


Trent Busuttin believes that this is the race for Milestone to break his Australian maiden.

Race 4 – 2:25 pm | 2200m BM64 | T: Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young | J: Daniel Moor 59kg | Barrier 15 | Saddlecloth 7

Milestone in France.

Longchamp (FR)

Current Track Rating: Good


As she gets ready to leave for Australia, Rivaport could add to her credentials with a strong showing at Longchamp. She has pleased since her last start win.

Race 1 – 10:32 AEST | 1850m Class 2 | T: A. Watrigant | J: TBA 55.5kg | Barrier TBA | Saddlecloth TBA

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

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