O'Brien pair primed for Super Sunday

The Danny O’Brien stable always target the feature South Australian races and although without a runner in the two Group 1 races on Super Sunday look certain to play a part in a couple of others.

O’Brien doesn’t have entries in either the SA Derby or Goodwood, but is confident of good runs from Juste Momente in the Listed Dunlop Flooring Stakes (1600m) and the promising Purrealist in the Group 3 The Jansz (1200m).

Purrealist, a half-brother to Racing To Win, has been taken along quietly by the stable but the cotton wool was taken off for his debut at Sandown recently and he sure delivered.

The Tale Of The Cat colt, raced by Tony Santic, looked like running a nice debut over 1200m, perhaps working home into the placings, but turned in a superb run in diving between runners and bursting through to score.

Having won a city race worth more than $40,000, the colt will carry topweight and has drawn barrier nine, but has Steven Arnold aboard and looks hard to hold out.

“We’ve been very patient with him but he still won’t be anywhere near his best until he’s three,” O’Brien’s racing manager Aaron Corby said.

“He went to the trials in January then we put him away again, and we really thought he’d just be working home on debut. But he showed a lot of ability to come between runners and work home to win and he’s trained on well.

“We expect him to get better as a three-year-old and over more ground, but this is the sort of race where the class can rise to the top.”

Corby said a stakes win for the colt would more than likely end his campaign, heading to the paddock as an unbeaten two-year-old with his best ahead of him.

Stablemate Juste Momente has been kept fresh since running in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) where she one again failed to deliver over the journey.

After racing so well earlier in this campaign she was expected to measure up to the 2000m Oaks but could manage only eighth behind Anamato.

While not disgraced, the stable decided to drop her back to the mile and she looks well placed in Sunday’s set weights and penalties race, where she has 56kg on a 54kg minimum.

“We really thought she would run well in the Oaks but was disappointing, and that’s her second attempt at the trip now where she just hasn’t finished off,” Corby said.

“She raced against the best fillies around in the spring and her form earlier this campaign was excellent. She’s been kept fresh for this and looks well placed at the weights.”

Steven Arnold has the ride from barrier six.

Heavy showers have swept over Adelaide throughout the week, ensuring the track will be rain affected as it was last weekend.

by Jason Hickson - RacingandSports.com.au

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