Ballack in St Leger

TRAINER Danny O'Brien, who trained a double at Sandown on Saturday, is hoping his success will roll on to today's VRC meeting at Moonee Valley.


O'Brien has several chances today, including Ballack in the $200,000 VRC St Leger (2500m).


Last start Ballack finished second in the Group 1 WATC Derby (2400m) at Ascot on March 31.


"I thought Ballack ran super. Today's race should suit him as he's a dead-set stayer," O'Brien said.


O'Brien said he had always planned to back up Ballack in the St Leger.


"There's not many mile and a half races round for three-year-olds worth $200,000," he said.


"He travelled back well and he's in good order. My only little query is he hasn't raced for 25 days."


O'Brien said he would look at starting Ballack in the $325,000 South Australian Derby (2500m) on May 6.


Ballack has been installed as a $4 favourite for the St Leger with TAB Sportsbet. O'Brien also has $51 shot Schnellste in the event.


"He should have won his last start in a maiden with a leg in the air," O'Brien said.


"He's showing promise as a stayer."


The trainer's best chance today is Master O'Reilly, favourite for the $100,000 William Newton VC Handicap (2500m).


"He's a nice progressive stayer and it's a nice race with great stakemoney," O'Brien said, adding it would probably be Master O'Reilly's last start before a spell.


by Michael Manley - HeraldSun


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