Flemington fillies to bridge gap on Finland

Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien is the first to admit Miss Finland is the one to beat in Saturday’s Group 2 Blazer Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) but is confident his pair My Only Hope and Juste Momente can edge closer.

Miss Finland defeated her stablemate Anamato in the Group 3 Tranquil Star Stakes (1400m) last start, and had a couple of lengths to spare over My Only Hope and Juste Momente in third and fourth respectively.

And while both horses meet the top filly worse at the weights this time, O’Brien is confident his gallopers will improve over the extra ground.

My Only Hope, a Redoute’s Choice filly, is fitter for two runs from a spell, placing both times, while Juste Momente has wound up late in both her runs this campaign.

“At the weights and on her record, Miss Finland should be even money again,” O’Brien said. “But I couldn’t be happier with my pair. They worked together at Flemington yesterday and worked first class and both have trained on well since their last runs.

“They have been specifically aimed at the longer races and stepping up to the mile on Saturday hopefully we can bridge some of that gap.”

O’Brien said Juste Momente, by Giant’s Causeway from the Danehill mare Skates, has always indicated she would make a staying filly and is being aimed at the Thousand Guineas, Wakeful Stakes and ultimately the Crown Oaks during Cup week.

He was confident My Only Hope would get the mile but wasn’t sure whether she would stay the Oaks trip.

Along with the two fillies O’Brien will have a big team engaged on his home track on Saturday, including Demerger in the feature race – the Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

The mare, who has drawn barrier 19 and to be ridden by Nick Ryan, is fitter for one run from a spell and is being aimed at the Moonee Valley Cup and Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Valedictum will tackle the Group 3 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) up the straight, but might need the run, according to O’Brien, after a slight set-back that forced him to miss a run.

Sir Lago and Galen are staying colts who are being aimed at the Victoria Derby and will run in the Citrus Internet Handicap (1800m), while Threedee, unbeaten in two runs for the stable before a spell, will run in the Peter Rowland at Flemington Handicap (1400m).

by Jason Hickson - RacingandSports.com.au

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