Iris eyes Cups

IRIS In The Glen is set to head south next month for the Hobart and Launceston Cups after she posted a runaway victory in The Journal Handicap (2400m) at Sandown yesterday.

Trainer Danny O'Brien said Iris In The Glen, a half-sister to Melbourne Cup placegetter Zazzman, deserved a chance to earn black-type credentials in Tasmania. O'Brien was not the only trainer with Tassie riches on his mind.

Darren Weir, who scored a double with Lykanna and Like It Is, will send a four-horse squad to Tassie.

Like It Is and Bejeekers will contest a black-type fillies and mares race on Launceston Cup day, Field Hunter the Hobart and Launceston Cups and Cry For Me will run in the Tasmanian Derby.

O'Brien persevered with Iris In The Glen in the knowledge Zazzman did not get going until he was a six-year-old.

"She has always had that staying potential, but has found it hard to get through a preparation," O'Brien said.

"I said to the owners that we are entitled to see how she goes as a five and a six-year-old given that Zazzman was such a late maturer.

"She is a tough, honest mare and they let her have the lead and she was far too strong.

"We thought she would go forward, but we thought Home Sweet or Southern Crown would lead and we would slot in behind them.

"But when there was no tempo, Michael (Rodd) took up the initiative and he was able to control the race from the front. I knew as they were coming down the hill that they wouldn't catch her.

"She's rock hard, she's had some tough racing over summer and it all paid off."

by Adrian Dunn - Herald Sun

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