Archie aims for Anzac Day success

Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien is hoping Archie Senior can measure up to a good race in the spring so is keen to see what he can do as he raises the bar for tomorrow’s Listed Auckland Racing Club Handicap (1600m) at Moonee Valley.

The lightly-raced four-year-old has a very honest overall record but has been in top form this campaign, placing fresh-up before three straight wins.

After finishing third behind Bowhunter on resuming he scored a six length all the way win at Werribee, then proved too strong in the run home in the Echuca Cup.

Last start he returned to town to win by 2.5 lengths over Berber when sitting off the lead before running away to score.

“He’s racing really well and has won six of his nine starts for our stable,” O’Brien said.

“He was scratched from Sandown on Saturday for this and although up sharply in grade he does get a bit of weight relief.”

The gelding carried 56kg to an effortless win last start but has 54.5kg for tomorrow’s race, although yet again drawn wide.

At his last two wins he has jumped from gates 12 and 13 respectively but with Bianomour ensuring a good tempo tomorrow Archie Senior should be able to slide across to a handy position.

O’Brien said the gelding has been up for a while and is likely to have only one more run this campaign before being set for the spring.

“This is a good test for him,” O’Brien said. “I’m sure there’s a good race in him down the track so he’ll probably have just one more then we’ll give him a good break.”

Archie Senior is a narrow second favourite for tomorrow’s race at $3.70 with TAB Sportsbet, splitting Spinney at $3.60 and Bon Hoffa at $3.80.

That pair met last start when third and fourth respectively over 2000m in the Group 3 Eater Cup at Caulfield, won by Maldivian.

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