A long association with Haras d’Etraham, France’s leading stud, has led us to a joint-venture with the acquisition of two high-quality three-year-old Almanzor colts.
Almanzor was a stakes winning two-year-old and multiple G1 winning three-year-old. His timeform rating in 2016 was equal to that of Champion mare Winx. He is a stunning individual whose stock are starting to make their mark at three, led by Queen Trezy, who was 3rd in the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary in May.
Interests in Athabascan and Intuitu, both three-year-olds, were purchased in France after being inspected by OTI Racing’s CEO Terry Henderson.
Athabascan is out of the quality Listed winning Dansili mare, Alzubra, who is proving to be a smart producer. All three foals to date are winners, including Athabascan’s half-brother, Arapaho, successful at Listed level in France. Athabascan’s half-sister, Alula Borealis, is also in training with Fabre and was Listed placed in May.
Following two preparatory runs as a two-year-old, Athabascan returned earlier this year with a strong showing to finish 2nd at Saint-Cloud. A winning effort second-up at the same track over 2000m showed the colt is on an upward curve, with the Group 3 Prix du Lys over 2400m at Chantilly on June 19 planned as his next target.
Intuitu is out of the winning Dubawi mare, Irrecevable, whose two named foals to race are both winners. Irrecevable is out of prolific race mare Janet, who was twice successful at Group 1 level in America.
He has had four career starts and to this point of his racing career, has not been out of the placings once. He recorded a win in only his second start over 2000m at Cagnes-sur-Mer in February 2022. After showing good promise against quality horses in his last two starts, the plan is now to head towards the Listed Derby du Languedoc over 2400m at Toulouse on June 28.
OTI Racing is delighted to be involved with both colts and look forward to their future racing careers with our new partners.