OTI Racing have reversed its decision for Sandown Cup winner Renew who will now be prepared for the 2015 Group 2 $400,000 Tattsbet Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville next March by Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander.
Alexander took over the training of Renew from Newmarket trainer Marco Botti prior to the English import running sixteenth in the Group 1 $3m Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 18.
OTI Racing’s plan was to leave the Dansili gelding under the care of Alexander until after the Melbourne Spring Carnival and then transfer him to Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller.
But after Renew was able to win the Listed $150,000 Sportingbet Sandown Cup (3200m) at Sandown last Saturday, the global racing syndicators voted to leave the five year old under the care of Alexander.
“Archie has done such a good job with this horse and the ownership group felt that he should continue doing so,” OTI Racing’s Terry Henderson told Racing Network.
“Chris (Waller) was terrific and was supportive of the decision.
“There wouldn’t have been much upside to moving the horse, Archie is already on the right track so it wasn’t a hard decision.
“We had to go through the process because the horse was committed to Chris but again, he was very good and supported our decision.”
When Waller was going to take over the training, Renew was to be prepared for the Group 1 $1.6m Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick on the second day of ‘The Championships’ during the Sydney Autumn Carnival but now under the care of Alexander will be aimed towards the Adelaide Cup.
“He will just have three light weeks, might just stay in light work and be led off the pony,” Henderson said.
“We will have a look at him and assess how he is looking but Adelaide could be an option for him.”
The Sandown Cup win was Renew’s fourth from seventeen starts and took his overall prizemoney tally to over $190,000.