Honor In War

COULD an old American gelding who created barely a ripple of interest when he arrived here six months ago topple our best in the Australian Cup?

That a scenario would thrill trainer Danny O'Brien, but also dent local pride. When the overseas raiders arrived in the spring, all interest was in the Europeans and the Japanese.

No one took much notice of Honor In War, the eight-year-old US nobody who quietly went about his business in his own private quarantine sanctuary at Werribee racecourse.

Scratched from the Cox Plate because he tested positive to lingering traces of a US treatment, Honor In War finished down the track in the Emirates Stakes. A few months on, he is in the Australian Cup up to his ears.

"There are probably five trainers going out there thinking they can win the race and I'm one of them," O'Brien said.

"I'm rapt with the way the horse has come on. The St George was pretty much the Australian Cup and he was right on their hammer."

O'Brien has won half a dozen Group 1s, but none with a candidate as interesting as Honor In War. "It'd be a bit of a coup, I guess," he said.

by Matt Stewart - HeraldSun

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