O'Brien major player in Guineas Preludes

Leading trainer Danny O'Brien has a strong team of three-year-olds and should play a major role in the two Guineas Preludes at Caulfield this weekend.

In the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m), O'Brien will saddle up fancied pair Purrealist and Pins On Parade, while in the Group 3 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m), the stable will be represented by another well fancied runner Chinchilla Rose.

All three gallopers have been racing in good form and the stable are confident the trio can continue to improve further into their campaigns.

“We couldn't be happier with the way the three horses are progressing,” O'Brien's racing manager Aaron Corby said.

“We're pretty confident the longer distance will suit all three horses as they head towards their respective Guineas.”

Purrealist is the $6 early favourite with Sportingbet for the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 13 on the back of two strong runs this campaign.

Fresh-up he finished runner-up in the Vain Stakes (1100m) before running on for a placing in the Danehill Stakes (1200m) up the straight at Flemington.

The stable have been keen to get the colt, a half brother to Racing To Win, to 1400m and a mile and he looks hard to beat in his race on Saturday.

Stablemate Pins On Parade, although not as well fancied at $12.00 in the Guineas, has done little wrong in his three start career, his only defeat coming when placed in the McNeil Stakes.

Last start he led throughout to score at Flemington over 1400m but was forced to from the wide gate and it is believed he could be even better with a sit.

Former Queenslander Chinchilla Rose, the full sister to Leone Chiara and Ferocity, has also done little wrong and should prove a leading chance in the prelude for fillies.

She placed in the Quezette Stakes at her first run for the stable then was a luckless fourth in the Danehill Stakes, just edged out of the minors by Purrealist after being held up for a run from an inside gate.

The filly is the $6.00 early favourite for the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 17.

O'Brien will also saddle up Douro Valley in the Naturalism Stakes (2000m) on Saturday, where a win would qualify him for the Caulfield Cup – his spring mission.

He is yet to run a bad race since joining the stable including a last start placing behind Molotov over 1700m at Flemington when second-up from a spell.

Mares Aunty Betty, Juste Momente, My Only Hope, Megadeal and Iris In The Glen are all also among entries for races at Caulfield this weekend.

by Jason Hickson - RacingandSports.com.au

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