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2019 Hotham Handicap: Downdraft Wins Again For The Euros

DOWNDRAFT winning the Lexus Hotham Stakes Picture: Steve Hart

Joseph O'Brien has had great success on this track and did so again. He'll now head onto Tuesday.

Downdraft bolts away from the pack to win the Lexus Hotham Stakes and secures a place in the #MelbourneCup ! #DerbyDay pic.twitter.com/skPgVGHKoA

— 10 Sport (@10SportAU) November 2, 2019 "Hopefully he backs up good - he'll be in there with a right chance"

Downdraft jockey John Allen talks about his chances in Tuesday's #MelbourneCup after winning the Lexus Hotham Stakes #DerbyDay pic.twitter.com/zmZv1bx9vz

— 10 Sport (@10SportAU) November 2, 2019 Shane Driscoll of @OTIRacing coldn't be ahppier with how Downdraft finished off with 59kg - he will drop in weight in the #MelbourneCup . pic.twitter.com/aVDed7UMLt

— Racing.com (@Racing) November 2, 2019 Winning Trainer: Joseph O'Brien (Terry Henderson - OTI - speaking)

"We're really delighted. We've had this horse now for a couple of years. Joseph has been extremely patient with him. It's just a great thrill for all the owners and the stable to have another horse in the Cup - a horse that's got a real show.

On Joseph O'Brien attending on Tuesday: "He's at the Breeders Cup meeting in Los Angeles at the moment but he'll be here on Monday morning.

On Downdraft having three runs in ten days including the Melb Cup: "We have no idea, they don't do this in Europe. I spoke to Joseph about it. If he had've said today to scratch then we would've scratched. He said 'don't worry about that'. He's not a particularly strong looking horse but inside he's got plenty of determination so he was happy to run him. He was confident that if he ran well today then he could back-up.

"The thing is, it was that hard a run (today). He's had a bit of a blow but it wasn't too bad."

On the possibility of Downdraft having 'flown under the radar' towards the Cup: "Oh yeah. Joseph thinks he's the best chance in the Cup. He always did. Since about July."

Winning Jockey: John Allen

On confirming a start in the Melbourne Cup: "We were on the fringe of getting a run without running today but he has confirmed it today. Hopefully he backs up good and he'll be in there with a great chance."

"He seems to have a great attitude, obviously I don't know a whole lot about him. I believe Joseph (O'Brien) was pretty confident he could handle it. The race last Saturday was only really a piece of work to him. It got him spot on for today and he never looked like getting beaten today."

Thoughts on the track following rain: "That is what I think it is about (Soft 7). This horse has no worries getting through it. Joseph and his team have him in good order. He goes in any conditions I think."

Flemington Saturday, 02nd November 2019 4 13:40

(local) Lexus Hotham Stakes (G3) WT: 54.0kg Type: OPEN AUD $300,000 2500m TURF SOFT 1 st AUD $180,000 2 nd AUD $54,000 3 rd AUD $27,000 4 th AUD $13,500 5 th AUD $7,500 6 th - 8 th AUD $6,000 4 13:40

(local) AUD $300,000 2500m SOFT Lexus Hotham Stakes (G3) WT: 54.0kg Type: OPEN 1 st AUD $180,000 2 nd AUD $54,000 3 rd AUD $27,000 4 th AUD $13,500 5 th AUD $7,500 6 th - 8 th AUD $6,000 FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex

Sire & Dam Jockey

Trainer SP

WT 1st 1. DOWNDRAFT (IRE) 4yo H

CAMELOT (GB) - CINNAMON ROSE (USA) J ALLEN

JOSEPH O'BRIEN $5.50

59.0kg Oti Racing (Mgrs: T Henderson & S Driscoll), J Boyd, P Farrugia, P Flavel, J Higgins, G Sharp, G Van Ameyden, L Webb, Ms D McKeown, Ms M Webb, A & Mrs P Goodfellow, D & Mrs D Miller, J & Mrs J Spence, Werrett Bloodstock & Uthmeyer Racing Sales Information

 | Goffs - IRE | 2016 Orby Fillies Sale (435) | Airlie Stud | Joseph O'brien |  EUR € 55,000 2016 Orby Fillies Sale (435)   Airlie Stud  Joseph O'brien EUR € 55,000 2nd 13. CARIF (AUS) 4yo H

SO YOU THINK (NZ) - NORZITA (NZ) JAMIE KAH

PETER & PAUL SNOWDEN $9.00

54.5kg Think Big Stud (Mgr: D G Ramage & The Estate Of The Late Dato Chin Nam) & Westcode Pty Ltd (Mgr: T A Yahaya) 3rd 10. AZURO (FR) 5yo G

MYBOYCHARLIE (IRE) - ANTHROPOLOGIE (IRE) DEAN YENDALL

CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE $9.00

54.5kg Oti Racing (Mgrs: T Henderson & S Driscoll), L Webb, Ms D McKeown, Ms M Webb, J Woodbridge, Ms T Jeans, M Wood, W & Mrs V Pelchen, T & Mrs B Porter, D & Mrs D Miller, J & Mrs J Spence, Kiwiana Synd, Benmac Racing, Marlo Hotel No 2 & Uthmeyer Racing Sales Information

 | Arqana | 2015 October Yearling Sale (230) | Sablonnets | Sarl Ste D'entrainement Christophe Lotoux |  EUR € 12,000 2015 October Yearling Sale (230)   Sablonnets  Sarl Ste D'entrainement Christophe Lotoux EUR € 12,000 4th 7. SIR CHARLES ROAD (AUS) 6yo G

MYBOYCHARLIE (IRE) - GIANT MYSTIQUE (AUS) DWAYNE DUNN

LANCE O'SULLIVAN & ANDREW SCOTT $9.00

57.5kg Sales Information

 | NZB | 2015 Premier Yearling Sale (401) | Wentwood Grange | Mr Dl Archer |  NZD $ 90,000 2015 Premier Yearling Sale (401)   Wentwood Grange  Mr Dl Archer NZD $ 90,000 5th 8. THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) 4yo H

SAVABEEL (AUS) - THE GLITZY ONE (AUS) MARK ZAHRA

MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN $6.00

57.5kg Sales Information

 | NZB | 2017 Premier Yearling Sale (445) | Phoenix Park |  Psd. NZD $ Res. NZD $ 150,000 2017 Premier Yearling Sale (445)   Phoenix Park  Psd. NZD $ Res. NZD $ 150,000 6th 4. HUSH WRITER (JPN) 4yo G

RULERSHIP (JPN) - STAR OF SAPPHIRE (USA) TIM CLARK

G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT $7.00

57.5kg 7th 11. WALL OF FIRE (IRE) 6yo G

CANFORD CLIFFS (IRE) - BRIGHT SAPPHIRE (IRE) JYE MC NEIL

CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE $13.00

54.0kg Sales Information

 | Tattersalls | 2016 Autumn Horses in Training Sale (762) | The Castlebridge Consignment |  WITHDRAWN 2016 Autumn Horses in Training Sale (762)   The Castlebridge Consignment  Withdrawn  | Tattersalls | 2014 October Yearling Sale Book 1 (199) | Glenvale Stud, Ireland | Mrs A Skiffington |  GNS 270,000 2014 October Yearling Sale Book 1 (199)   Glenvale Stud, Ireland  Mrs A Skiffington GNS 270,000  | Tattersalls | 2013 December Foal Sale (1031) | Norelands Stud, Ireland | Mrs A Skiffington |  GNS 92,000 2013 December Foal Sale (1031)   Norelands Stud, Ireland  Mrs A Skiffington GNS 92,000 8th 3. HAKY (IRE) 5yo G

MUHTATHIR (GB) - MARAH DUBAI (FR) LINDA MEECH

J E HAMMOND $8.00

57.5kg Sales Information

 | Goffs - UK | 2018 August Sale (119) | Shadwell Stud | Mark Dwyer |  GBP £ 14,000 2018 August Sale (119)   Shadwell Stud  Mark Dwyer GBP £ 14,000 9th 12. VALAC (IRE) 7yo G

DARK ANGEL (IRE) - POLISHED GEM (IRE) CRAIG WILLIAMS

D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG $26.00

54.0kg 10th 6. PATRICK ERIN (NZ) 8yo G

GALLANT GURU (AUS) - MEGA BABE (NZ) HUGH BOWMAN

CHRIS WALLER $9.00

57.5kg