By Jon Lees
Australia: Young Rascal, one of two Group winners for William Haggas during the Sydney Autumn Carnival, will not be returning to Britain.
The five-year-old gelding won the G3 NE Manion Cup and then finished seventh when favourite for the the Sydney Cup on the same day stablemate Addeybb completed his perfect trip by winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the feature event of The Championships at Randwick.
But while Addeybb will head back to Newmarket, Young Rascal has joined the stable of Archie Alexander, in Ballarat, near Melbourne, after a 50 per cent stake in the horse was purchased by OTI Racing from Bernard Kantor.
OTI announced on Twitter: “OTI is fortunate and excited to have acquired a 50% interest in Young Rascal. We are very much looking forward to racing with Mr Kantor, under the control of Archie Alexander.”
Syndicate operator OTI has supported Briton Alexander since he first set up in Australia in 2014. Haggas had identified Young Rascal as a potential Melbourne Cup candidate.
Alexander, whose father Hamish bought the Derby winner Generous as a foal, worked for Criquette Head-Maarek, Todd Pletcher, Mark Johnston and Aidan O’Brien before he accepted an opportunity to help Lloyd Williams in Australia.
He has trained 196 winners and registered his first big win for OTI with Lord Fandango in the 2017 Herbert Power Stakes. In November he won the valuable Ballarat Cup with Kiwia.