Sparkling Filly to Chase Black Type

Black type will be the immediate goal for smart filly Sparkling Satine after she scored a strong win in the bookiesonline.com.au Handicap (1600m) at Moonee Valley tonight.Another win for the Danny O'Brien and James Winks combination, Sparkling Satine sat off the speed, but finished too well in a dominant performance.

A three-year-old filly by O'Reilly bred by Waikato Stud in New Zealand, Sparkling Satine eased in the betting despite her excellent last start victory at Caulfield on Boxing Day.

On that occasion she beat tonight's "also ran" Just Like El by a long neck.

O'Brien's stable foreman Gino Mata said Sparkling Satine was suitably impressed with the performance of the consistent and talented filly.

"It was a good win," Mata said. "Particularly after she's had such a long time off."

"She got a little agitated in the mounting yard - being fresh and all."

Mata made sure to mention the excellent ride from Winks.

"It was a great ride. He gave it a lovely run down the back and had him right where you wanted him to be."

Sparkling Satine would now be aimed at a suitable stakes race for three-year-old fillies.

"At this time of the year it would be good to find a listed fillies race over a mile," Mata commented.

"She settled so well again and she gives every indication that she will be able to handle a step up in distance."

"There's no reason I guess that she wouldn't get a mile and a quarter."

When the runners flashed past the post tonight it was Sparkling Satine ($6-$9) who held a length and a quarter margin over runner-up Gratis ($6-$7).

Regally bred filly Dance of Danes ($3.50-$7.50) was another head back in third place.

by Greg Irvine - VirtualFormguide.com.au

Photos - Fiona Tomlin

Read the full article here at VirtualFormguide.com.au

Moor looking for feature three-peat

Moor looking for feature three-peat
[13 Apr 18] Galilee Series Final hopeful Berkshire Lady will carry jockey Daniel Moor’s hopes his recent run of feature race success in Victoria continues.   more...

Life's a beach for My Psychiatrist

Life's a beach for My Psychiatrist
[11 Apr 18] It's not very often in Australia you see a horse start first-up beyond 2000m, let only win over the staying trip fresh, but that's exactly what trainer Danny O'Brien was able to achieve at Sandown on Wednesday with My Psychiatrist thanks to his private beachside training facility.   more...

Bell chimes in O'Brien double

Bell chimes in O'Brien double
[02 Apr 18] That Rings A Bell finished powerfully to win the Sheen Group Handicap (1300m) at Sandown on Monday to complete a double for trainer Danny O’Brien.   more...