Second Bullet hits target

Trainer Danny O'Brien is enjoying a fine run with the offspring of Encosta de Lago and Second Bullet added to the tally with a game victory in Saturday's Dilmah Teas Handicap (2040m) at Moonee Valley.

The Sicilian started a heavily backed $2.50 favourite and momentarily looked the winner when looming six wide at the home turn but he was unable to hold a determined Second Bullet ($5), galvanised by Damien Oliver to reach the lead inside the final 100 metres and repel the challenge of Gold Medals ($12) to score by a short-head.

The Sicilian finished a length away third with the first six home covered by three lengths.

O'Brien has won three straight with De Little Engine, a four-year-old by Encosta de Lago out of a Group 1 winner and there are parallels with Second Bullet, also a four-year-old by Encosta de Lago and out of the Group I winner Private Steer.

O'Brien said both were not that big physically but both possessed a will to win.

"He's probably the best one the mare has had and he's getting better as he stretches out,” O'Brien said.

"I think if he can stay he's got a future, today was his first try at the mile and a quarter and on the evidence of that he might even get further.”

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