O'Brien bursting to be back at Flemington

The Danny O’Brien stable have been eagerly awaiting the return of racing to Flemington and will have strong representation there on Saturday.

It’s been 10 months since the turf was tilled on the famous course and the return to the revamped headquarters for racing is one of the bright lights in the racing industry at the moment.

The O’Brien stable is hoping to kick off with a bang with runners in all bar the feature Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes.

Heading those is two promising three-year-olds in the Group 3 Danehill Stakes with the colt Purrealist and filly Chinchilla Rose.

Both horses are having their first start up the straight track but unlike many of their rivals have at least trialled there.

“It might be some advantage being trained at Flemington, especially with younger horses as most wouldn’t have seen it,” O’Brien’s racing manager Aaron Corby said.

“Both our horses come into the Danehill with excellent form. Purrealist ran a super race first-up and will appreciate the longer trip while Chinchilla Rose was just beaten at her first run for us and is certainly going well.

“In saying that it’s a really, really good line-up. It’s always a good test for the fillies coming up against the colts and there’s plenty of horses in the race with good form.

“Both of ours should be finishing it off.”

Purrealist was runner-up behind Shrewd Rhythm at his first run from a spell in the Vain Stakes, while former Queenslander Chinchilla Rose was edged out in a three-way photo behind Bel Mer and Sleek Chassis in the Quezette Stakes.

The stable is also confident Pins On Parade can handle the rise in distance in the Best Dressed Plate.

The three-year-old was a Caulfield winner on debut before finishing runner-up behind Scenic Blast in last weekend’s McNeil Stakes. He steps up to 1400m this weekend.

O’Brien has both Douro Valley and Master O’Reilly getting to more suitable trips this weekend and both are being aimed at the Cups, while Archie Senior is being targeted at races like the Dubai Club Cup, the Toorak and Emirates Stakes.

Juste Momente takes on the mares in the Let’s Elope Stakes, while Valedictum resumes in the Bobby Lewis Quality having not raced since placing in last year’s Emirates 10 months ago. He will obviously improve on whatever he does.

Princess Zanzibar and Barbaricus are two progressive types making up the big team for the stable.

by Jason Hickson - RacingandSports.com.au

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