Splashing out for Danny

LAST spring it was Glamour Puss, yesterday it was Crepe De Chine, tomorrow it could be Splashing Out.

All former New Zealand sprinting mares, the trio has proved a godsend for Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien. "They're the backbone of our stable, the Kiwi girls," O'Brien said.

Glamour Puss won the Group 1 Salinger and Group 2 Classic at the VRC Spring Carnival last year, Crepe De Chine ($8) won yesterday's Listed Lexus Stakes (1100m) and tomorrow he saddles up Splashing Out, $4 favourite with TAB Sportsbet in the Group 2 Classic (1200m).

O'Brien scratched Splashing Out from yesterday's Listed $150,000 Schweppervescence Stakes to avoid flying filly Gold Edition, who downed Splashing Out on Saturday and thrashed her rivals by seven lengths yesterday.

"It's looking a pretty smart move. It was a no-brainer, really. Saturday is a Group 2 and worth $350,000," he said.

O'Brien is looking to close the carnival in the same fashion as last year when he won the Emirates Stakes (1600m) with Valedictum.

"I've got a couple of good chances again this year in Honor In War and Valedictum and Splashing Out in the Classic," he said.

O'Brien said he would set Crepe De Chine for the Oakleigh Plate in the autumn as she is unbeaten in four starts at the 1100m.

"She's a strong, fast filly with a kick at the end of 1100m. She finds the 1200m just a bit too far," he said.

Glen Boss rode Crepe De Chine, substituting for the injured Kerrin McEvoy.

by Tim Habel - Hearald Sun

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