O'Brien hoping history repeats

Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien is hoping history can repeat in tomorrow’s Group 2 The Age Classic (1200m).

O’Brien has an excellent record with former New Zealand mares, in particular Glamour Puss who won last year’s Age Classic but also two Group 1’s for the stable – the Salinger Stakes and Goodwood Handicap.

Just on Thursday another of his “kiwi girls” notched a feature win when Crepe De Chine took out the Listed Lexus Stakes (1100m) at Flemington.

That mare has had three runs for O’Brien for a game first-up fourth and two wins and will now be set for the Oakleigh Plate over the same track and distance in the autumn.

Like Glamour Puss, Splashing Out was sent to O’Brien from Gary Chittick of Waikato Stud in New Zealand to try to increase her value as a broodmare.

The stable made Glamour Puss a millionaire and Splashing Out, although having had just four career starts, is quickly building not only her bank balance but her residual value.

She followed a maiden win on debut with a city win under lights at Moonee Valley, then an all important stakes success in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes at Caulfield.

Last start she tackled the Group 1 Ascot Vale Stakes and although was no match for Gold Edition held a clear second over Churchill Downs.

The filly was entered for Thursday’s Schweppervescence Stakes at Flemington but O’Brien decided to dodge Gold Edition and quite rightly – as she ran away with a seven length win in excellent time.

There’s no Gold Edition in tomorrow’s race and with her light weight against the older horses Splashing Out will again prove hard to hold out.

Splashing Out is currently the $3.20 favourite with TAB Sportsbet, ahead of Undue ($4.00) and Magnus ($4.20). Another filly Nediym’s Glow is at $6.50.

While O’Brien is shooting for back to back The Age Classics with a former Kiwi, he is also hoping to retain the Group 1 Emirates Stakes title with Valedictum.

Like last year Valedictum is backing up after running on Derby day and this time around drops significantly in weight to just 53kg following last weekend’s seventh in the Helvetica Stakes.

He is fitter for five runs over the spring and will appreciate the big track and the longer journey, but from barrier 14 will have to be ridden for luck.

The stable are also represented in the race by American import Honor In War, who was a scratching from the Cox Plate on the eve of the race.

According to the stable he has settled in and worked well leading up to his Australian debut.

O’Brien also saddles up Pin Up in the Group 2 Hilton International Stakes and she will improve over the 2000m and bigger track, Forest Spy in the Rock Star Supernova Handicap, who was strong to the line at Moonee Valley last start and will appreciate the edge off the track, and Threedee, who will also appreciate the longer journey and easier grade.

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