Danny determined to feature on Derby day

Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien had a set-back yesterday but is determined to be a major player in not only Saturday’s Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby but right through Cup week.


O’Brien had Derby aspirations for Galen from the moment he entered the stable and at Tuesday’s special trackwork session at Flemington the colt turned in some sparkling work.

But not long after he was ruled out and sent to the paddock after pulling up scratchily from his gallop.

O’Brien still has Sir Lago in the race, who fared well in barrier six at today’s draw and will be ridden by Steven King.

Sir Lago, who finished third behind Get Square in the Norman Robinson Stakes, is a $31.00 chance with TAB Sportsbet but the stable is confident he will be there at the finish.

“It was a real shame for Galen because he worked sensationally on Tuesday,” O’Brien’s racing manager Aaron Corby said.

“It’s only a minor hiccup but ruled him out of the race he had been set for. He’ll go to the paddock and will be back for the autumn.”

“Sir Lago drew well and is an excellent chance, though. He battled on well in the Norman Robinson and we think he’s a good chance over the longer journey.”

Along with Sir Lago in the Derby, the stable have a massive team engaged over the four feature days of Cup week and will average half a dozen runners on each day.

On Saturday, the stable has runners in all bar one race and entries in four of the five Group 1 features.

Along with Sir Lago in the Derby, they are Splashing Out in the Ascot Vale Stakes, former Queensland galloper Daunting Lad in the Salinger Stakes and Pin Up in the Myer Classic.

In support races the stable will have Aznavour in the Group 2 SAAB Quality, Valedictum in the Group 3 Helvetica Stakes and Juste Momente in the Wakeful Stakes.

Import Honor In War, scratched from the Cox Plate, will start in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes on Saturday week while Demerger didn’t accept for the SAAB and will go straight into the Cup.

by Jason Hickson - RacingandSports.com.au

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