The late Rob Gaylard with his daughter Casey Bruce
Rob Gaylard was known as the face and voice of the Flemington mounting yard for more than 20 years, and at the racecourse on Saturday Spirit Of Gaylard will make his debut in the $125,000 Racing.com Plate (1400m).
Lost to the industry in July last year, Gaylard dedicated a lifetime to horses and the racing media and was a friend and mentor to many.
Several of those friends - Terry Henderson, Gerry Ryan and John Spence - are hoping his legacy can carry on for many years through their Puissance de Lune colt, who steps out at Headquarters for the first time on Saturday.
Gaylard's wife Karen is also shareholder in the horse.
"Gerry Ryan and I brought the horse in New Zealand and as he got closer to the breaking-in stage we thought it would be a nice way to remember Rob," OTI Racing's Henderson explained.
"We asked Rob's wife Karen if it was ok and she was delighted and she is also a small shareholder in the horse as well.
"Rob and Karen have raced several horses with us and also have a share in Petruchio at the moment.
"Rob and I used to race trotters together and he was a great mate for many years."
Trained by Mitch Freedman, the colt cost $120,000 at the 2020 Karaka Yearling Sales and Henderson is hoping he can do Gaylard proud in his race debut.
"He really has a brain this horse and I think the 1400 metres at Flemington, while it might test him out, is a nice starting point for him," Henderson said.
"He has showed good promise for a middle-distance horse and we are really looking forward to seeing what he can do in the autumn."
WATCH: Spirit of Gaylard's Bendigo jumpout (purple and white)
Meanwhile Henderson hopes OTI will have a two-pronged attack in Saturday week's $600,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m), with recently acquired New Zealand G2 winner Hezashocka - who is now in the care of Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr - and the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Daqiansweet Junior.
The latter will run at Rosehill on Saturday to help qualify for the event.
Henderson also provided an update on Sydney Cup winner Selino and the Matthew Williams-trained Harbour Views.
"Selino will be back in work next week and go to the water walker for a month and be aimed at The Bart Cummings or the Metropolitan," he said.
"Harbour Views had a procedure on the back of his knee to remove some gristle more than bone and will return in the middle of July for the spring and maybe head to the Feehan Stakes, a race he finished third in last year."