O'Brien gamble on Valedictum

FLEMINGTON trainer Danny O'Brien is venturing into uncharted waters when Valedictum steps up in distance in Saturday's Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown Hillside.

"He's never been over a mile before, but now as a six-year-old gelding is the right time to do it. Whether he can handle it, I'm not sure to be honest," O'Brien said. Valedictum was a last-start third in the Emirates Stakes (1600m) behind Divine Madonna at Flemington .

"He won that race last year so he's probably going just as well," O'Brien said.

O'Brien also has Douro Valley in the Eclipse. He said he was happy with his last two starts -- sixth in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Plate at Flemington behind Polar Bear and third in the China Bowl at Ararat last Sunday behind Special Voyage.

"Not much has gone right at his last two starts. He drew wide each time and had to go back a long way," he said.

By Michael Manley - Herald Sun

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