“OTI with the double on the card”

The John O’Shea-trained Sound of Cannons will enter the Andrew Ramsden as one of three last start winners in the field after securing his first Australian win on Wednesday.

OTI Racing’s British import came from off the pace under Jamie Kah to claim the $50,000 Ladbrokes Switch Handicap (2400m), the benchmark 70 event the scene of his first Victorian start.

Sound of Cannons winning his first race in Australia with Jamie Kah on board.

“That was John’s (O’Shea) purpose for setting it for this race, this horse race very well left-handed in Europe and he hadn’t raced that way in Australia so it was worth a shot at the stumps to bring him down, see how he went,” OTI Racing’s managing director Terry Henderson said.

Sound Of Cannons ($6) defeated Irish Butterfly ($4) by 2.25 lengths with Teofilo Star ($3.50 favourite) fading after leading to finish third, five lengths behind the winner.

The above is an exert of Carl Di Iorio’s Racing.Com article, which can be read in full here.

Only a few hours later Eaglemont, trained by the Maher/Eustace team, took out the benchmark 70 event over 1800m and made it a double for the OTI colours. From an outside barrier, Jye McNeil managed to progressively build up the Geldings pace throughout the race and won decisively.

Eaglemont (IRE) ridden by Jye McNeil wins the Ladbrokes Same Race Multi Handicap at Ladbrokes Park Hillside Racecourse on May 11, 2022 in Springvale, Australia. (George Sal/Racing Photos)

Eaglemont took home the win exactly three years to the day that he was purchased at the Arqana Breeze Up sale by De Burgh Equine and Narvick International.

Congratulations to all connections!