Dual Group 3 winning stayer My Quest For Peace (IRE) will remain in Australia after failing to secure an invite to the Group 1 Hong Kong International Vase (2400m).
The ex-Luca Cumani-trained four-year-old stallion will now be sent to premier trainer Peter Moody with the view to emulate last season’s autumn preparation of fellow OTI Racing import Manighar.
OTI Racing Director Terry Henderon said My Quest For Peace would have ideally been set for a 2400m feature in Melbourne during the autumn but in the absence of a suitable race, will tread a similar path to Manighar’s 2012 autumn campaign.
“He’ll follow the same path as Manighar last season,” Henderson said.
“At this stage the plan is to go to the paddock, have a brief let up and be ready to go in the early autumn.
“He’s probably not a horse that could take as many races as Manighar did, but the short-term objective is the Australian Cup.”
Not including OTI’s fellow imported stayer Gatewood who has joined Chris Waller’s Sydney stable, Henderson said OTI could have as many as four horses set for the $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington in March.
My Quest For Peace will be potentially joined by stable mates Manighar and Brambles as well as the Danny O’Brien-trained import Prairie Star, with Henderson saying defending Australian Cup Champion Manighar was recovering well from the small bone chip that cut short his spring.
“Manighar is coming along well, he’s currently at the water walker and the prognosis for him resuming training for the autumn in four weeks is excellent.”
Henderson said Queensland Derby winner Brambles was also in terrific shape and was already back in training for the Melbourne Festival of Racing.
“Brambles suffered from travel sickness after the Brisbane Winter Carnival and we opted to be very conservative with him and give him the spring off.
“With Brambles being a Group 1 winner it makes sense for him to also head to races like the Australian Cup and The BMW but there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge yet.”