Parade on the march to Caulfield Guineas, says trainer

TOP trainer Danny O'Brien refuses to concede the Caulfield Guineas, despite the emergence of rising superstar Weekend Hussler and the loss of his own gun colt Purrealist.

Purrealist, the colt earmarked as a Guineas chance the day he was bought as a yearling, was knocked out of the spring on Tuesday when he pulled up from trackwork with a minor leg injury.

Winner of the Guineas Prelude at Caulfield, Purrealist had been regarded as one of few dangers to Weekend Hussler in Saturday week's Guineas.

But O'Brien has two aces up his sleeve. One of them, Pins On Parade, will round off his Guineas (1600m) preparation in tomorrow's Concept Sports Stakes (1410m) at Flemington.

The other, last Friday night's impressive Stutt Stakes winner Barbaricus, will step straight into the Guineas, en route to the Victoria Derby.

"Purrealist was a good Guineas chance, but you don't lose sleep about losing one horse. Worse things can happen in life and we've still got two left," O'Brien said. "I've never thought there was anything between Pins On Parade and Purrealist. And if they run along in the Guineas, Barbaricus will be a live chance. We haven't given up hope of winning it."

O'Brien described $2 Guineas favourite Weekend Hussler as the real deal.

"You couldn't help but be impressed with what he's done so far," he said.

by Matt Stewart - HeraldSun

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