O'Brien tryin' for jumps success at Warrnambool

Danny O'Brien is not a name traditionally associated with jumps racing, but the Flemington trainer has a strong hand in a couple of the jumps events at next week's Warrnambool May Racing Carnival.

O'Brien's first runner of the week will be one of Australia's best bred jumpers, Red Aransas, who is likely to start one of the favourites in Wednesday's $12,000 Callaghan Motors Maiden Hurdle (3100m).

By Redoute's Choice, Red Aransas will be having just his second start over the jumps at Warrnambool. His jumps debut produced a short-head second placing to Senor de Lago at Yarra Valley on Saturday 14 April.

The gelding tuned up for Warrnambool on Monday when he won a 2400m trial. Red Aransas is also entered for the $15,000 Novice Hurdle (3100m) on Thursday.

O'Brien's attention will then turn his attention to the feature jumps event on Wednesday's program, the $90,000 Sungold Milk Galleywood Hurdle (3000m), in which he has El Zahia engaged.

The six-year-old Perugino gelding is more experienced over the jumps than his stablemate, having had five starts for three wins and a second placing for almost $53,000 in prizemoney.

O'Brien, who is yet to train a winner at Warrnambool during the May Racing Carnival, is excited by the challenge of training jumpers.

"It has always intrigued me from a training perspective, so I've always been keen to have a crack at it. They're fun races to watch and I've always been a fan of them as a spectator," O'Brien said.

O'Brien rates Red Aransas the better chance next week.

"We rate Red Aransas a promising jumper and he's in a Maiden Hurdle so he should be hard to beat, whereas El Zahia is probably a run behind at the moment so he won't be quite as forward as some of those other good jumpers in the Galleywood," he said.

O'Brien has 26 other potential runners on the flat during the week including Douro Valley in Thursday's $120,000 Warrnambool Cup (2350m) and Strata Title in the $90,000 Wangoom Handicap (1400m).

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