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OTI Take A Doncaster Gamble With Tom Melbourne

The connections of Tom Melbourne’s have gambled on the Doncaster Mile order of entry by deciding not start the seven-year-old at Rosehill on Saturday.

OTI Take A Doncaster Gamble With Tom Melbourne

The connections of Tom Melbourne’s have gambled on the Doncaster Mile order of entry by deciding not start the seven-year-old at Rosehill on Saturday.

A start Saturday’s G3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) was on the table for Tom Melbourne, who is still seeking to end a two-year drought since his last win in the 2016 Albury Gold Cup.

The seven-year-old was narrowly beaten into second in the G2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) when resuming at Rosehill on March 17, adding to his frustrating list of minor placings since his Albury win when he was trained by Lee and Anthony Freedman.


Tom Melbourne
Tom Melbourne Picture:Racing and Sports

Now into his second campaign with Chris Waller, Tom Melbourne Horseform is currently equal 24th in the order of entry for the $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday week.

He is not guaranteed a start but Waller and his owners OTI Racing believe he will make the field without having to start in the Doncaster Prelude, a race that gives the winner ballot exemption from the world’s richest 1600m handicap.

“It depended on how he looked to get straight into the Doncaster,” said OTI Racing’s Terry Henderson.

“It looks as though he will make it. Hopefully he can get that win in the Doncaster.”

It will still be an important day for OTI Racing on Saturday with another their imports Gailo Chop favourite for the $2 million Kia Tancred Stakes (2400m) and G1-winning filly Aloisia having her final lead-up to the ATC Oaks in the G1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).

Gailo Chop Horseform is backing up from his win in last Saturday’s G1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) with the Tancred Stakes being only the second time he has raced over 2400 metres.

His previous attempt was two years ago in Dubai when he finished seventh in the G1 Sheema Classic at Meydan before joining the Darren Weir stable in Australia.

“The track will be a little firmer this weekend but the horse is in such good form and it is almost $900,000 to the winner, so it is a very attractive pot,” Henderson said.

“We have always thought he would get a mile and a half and we have him in the best possible condition.”

Thousand Guineas winner Aloisia Horseform has had four weeks since her last start against the colts in the G1 Australian Guineas at Flemington on March 3 when she was the victim of severe interference.

“She has been working well, she seems to have settled in well in Sydney,” Henderson said.

“She goes well right-handed so we are quite confident of a big run on Saturday. I think she will appreciate getting back up in trip.”

Aloisia
Aloisia Picture:Racing and Sports

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