OTI is set for another big weekend of racing with many imported runners again taking the stage.
Chasing Great kicks it off for a 1600m maiden in Ruakaka, NZ on Saturday morning for Donna Logan’s stable. Donna has taken her time with this huge horse as he’s taken quite some time to grow into his frame, everything is now coming together for this son of Postponed. On the 17th of June, Chasing Great had his race debut over 1400m, where he settled toward the rear of the field and made up good ground in the straight, showing his impressive turn of foot to finish 6th of 14. We hope to see Great improvement off this boy tomorrow.
We have four runners at Flemington over two races on ‘Finals day’.
Duke Of Ellington (2nd in the Stawell Cup) and Master Zephyr (winner of the 2016 Terang Cup) will go head to head in race 2 over 2000m. Duke OF Ellington will need to be returning to his good form displayed back in March when he had a dominating win over 2000m at Flemington, as his last two runs have been a little below par. Darren Weir has freshened Master Zephyr in 2 hurdles trials leading into this race in the hopes of rejuvenating his competitive edge on the track. Master Zephyr has shown some real enthusiasm in this hurdle trials, and we hope to see him bring this to Flemington tomorrow.
In Race 6 over 2600m, Nordic Flight from Archie Alexander’s stable will be up against Shakopee for Simon Morrish. Nordic Flight is new on the scene to the Ballarat lifestyle and seems to be enjoying the change of environment, his last run at Flemington on June 24 over 2500m where he finished 7th was a vast improvement for the German import. He has improved from this run and will be a good each-way chance tomorrow.
Shakopee has come on in leaps and bounds since his win at Sandown on June 14 over 2400m, this handsome son of High Chaparral will be a very competitive runner tomorrow. He is still a little green in the straight and has plenty of improvement to come with race experience.
Casterton is a very progressive 3YO colt by Fastnet Rock, trained by Andre Fabre in Chantilly. He will step up to stakes level tomorrow night at Nantes over 2300m in a listed event. Fabre has always had great confidence in this horse and following his impressive win in May over 2500m, he is well placed in this field we look forward to a good result.
We wish all our owners the best of luck tomorrow!