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Regal Lion headlines OTI’s weekend runners

An exciting weekend ahead with runners across three different states, the highlight being Regal Lion in the G2 Tulloch Stakes. The weekend action will kick off tonight, with two runners at The Valley.

Friday, March 25

The Valley

Current Track Rating: Good

Wicklow Lass

Sourced from New Zealand with the help of Phill Cataldo in December last year, Tom Dabernig has done a terrific job in bringing along this progressive filly. After winning impressively on debut, she steps up to stakes level at just her second start, where she gets her chance to gain some valuable black-type.

Race 3 – 7:15pm | 1200m Listed St Albans Stakes | T: Tom Dabernig | J: Blaike McDougall 56kg | Barrier 2
| Saddlecloth 9

Wicklow Lass (NZ) ridden by Blaike McDougall wins the Catanach’s Jewellers Maiden Plate at Bendigo Racecourse on March 11, 2022 in Bendigo, Australia. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos).

Inverell

A highly talented son of Shocking, Inverell will look to make amends for his last start defeat. With some slight gear adjustments and the services of Jamie Kah from a soft draw, we are confident that he can bounce back and return to the winners circle. 

Race 6 – 8:45pm | 2040m BM64 | T: Clayton Douglas | J: Jamie Kah 61kg | Barrier 2 | Saddlecloth 1

Inverell (NZ) ridden by Jamie Kah wins the Ladbrokes Bet Ticker Handicap at Ladbrokes Park Hillside Racecourse on February 09, 2022 in Springvale, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos).

Saturday, March 26

Rosehill

Current Track Rating: Soft

Regal Lion

The New Zealand Derby 3rd place-getter commences his Australian campaign at Rosehill, looking to emulate the feats of fellow OTI-stablemate Quick Thinker. Although still far from the finished product, we expect him to acquit himself well and hopefully put his hand up as a live chance in the Australian Derby a week later.

Race 4 – 2:00pm | 2000m Group 2 Tulloch Stakes | T: Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman | J: Nash Rawiller 56kg | Barrier 15 | Saddlecloth 1

Regal Lion on his way to the barriers for the NZ Derby at Auckland Racing Club in New Zealand.

Mornington

Current Track Rating: Good

Harmysian

After taking a preparation to acclimatise to the Australian way of racing, Harmysian’s first-up effort suggests he is now ready to put his best foot forward. Aided by natural improvement and a step-up to a more suitable journey, we are hopeful that he can build off his encouraging return.

Race 5 – 2:55pm | 2000m Benchmark 84  | T: Clayton Douglas | J: Jake Noonan 56kg | Barrier 1
| Saddlecloth 6

Harmysian ridden by Oierre-Charles Boudot wins the 4UP Handicap at Chantilly, France on May 04, 2021.

Doomben

Current Track Rating: Soft

Never No More

A model of consistency this preparation, Never No More heads to Doomben this weekend where we hope he can put his first Australian win on the board. Despite the gap between runs, Matt Dunn has the gelding in great shape ahead of Saturday’s assignment. A win would be greatly deserved for both the horse and owners, who have remained very patient with the six-year-old.

Race 9 – 6:08pm | 1350m Benchmark 85 | T: Matthew Dunn | J: Ms Cejay Graham 57.5kg | Barrier 9
| Saddlecloth 1

Never No More and Ryan Moore (near) beats Madhmoon (far) to win the Ballylinch Stud Red Rocks 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes. Healy Racing Photos.

Sunday, March 27

Ballarat

Current Track Rating: Good

Armansky

Lucky to have escaped a last start fall with only a few minor cuts, Armansky is now ready to head back to the races. Matt Cumani has been very happy with the gelding’s work since the incident and believes that we can get him back on track this Sunday.

Race 4 – 3:05pm | 2000m Maiden Plate | T: Matt Cumani | J: Jordan Childs 59.5kg | Barrier 14
| Saddlecloth 1

Armansky earlier in his career.

Enosi

In the same event as Armansky, lightly-raced stayer Enosi steps up to 2000m for the first time, a trip which he is sure to relish. Unlucky not to have finished closer last start, he is expected to be right in the mix on Sunday. 

Race 4 – 3:05pm | 2000m Maiden Plate | T: Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) | J: John Allen 59.5kg | Barrier 4 | Saddlecloth 2

Enosi as a 3yo on July 1, 2020.

Notes

Back on a firmer surface, we expect to see significant improvement from Notes after a rather disappointing first-up run. With more in his favour on Sunday, we hope to see a forward showing from this gelding, whose form in New Zealand would be well and truly up to this level.

Race 8 – 5:25pm | 1600m Benchmark 64 | T: Lindsey Smith | J: Jarrod Fry 58.5kg | Barrier 12 | Saddlecloth 9

Notes ridden by Ace Lawson-Carrol breaks his maiden at Auckland Racing Club on November 11, 2021 in Ellerslie, New Zealand.

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