O'Brien pair go north

FLEMINGTON trainer Danny O'Brien is heading to Sydney for a slice of the Randwick Easter carnival riches with yesterday's Caulfield winners Princess Zanzibar and My Only Hope.

In contrasting wins, Princess Zanzibar ($5.50) led throughout while My Only Hope ($9 to $7.50) came from last to land the first two races for O'Brien.

"No track bias here today," O'Brien quipped.

O'Brien said Princess Zanzibar would run in the listed Keith Mackay Stakes (1200m) on April 11 while My Only Hope will be set for the listed P J Bell Stakes (1200m) on Easter Monday.

Princess Zanzibar is now unbeaten after winning on debut at Echuca.

"She improved today and can improve again," O'Brien said.

O'Brien admitted he had no explanation for My Only Hope's marked form reversal from running 10th over 1400m at Caulfield at her previous start.

"We just put it in the unexplained file and made some gear changes, blinkers off and tongue tie on," he said.

"Perhaps she's just a 1200m horse, all her sprint runs have been good."

My Only Hope hadn't won a race since scoring on debut in January last year before yesterday's win but has three Group placings, twice behind champion filly Miss Finland.

"That's the aim now, to get her a stakes win," O'Brien said.

by Tim Habel - HeraldSun

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