Danny Keen On Wet Doncaster

Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien is hoping the rain hangs around in Sydney for a wet Doncaster Handicap next weekend.

O'Brien prepares tough galloper Valedictum, who broke a long winning drought in soft ground at Rosehill on Saturday in the Listed Parma Stakes.

The last win of the rising eight-year-old was the Group 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington in 2005, but in heavy ground by the end of the day on Saturday he made light work of his 58.5kg to come from near last with a well timed run to score.

"He's a great stalwart in our stable and he's consistently been competitive in group level going on four seasons now but it was particularly pleasing to see him back in the winners' circle on Saturday," O'Brien told Sport 927.

"He's just one of those horses that paid the price of good form as a younger horse and being a Group 1 winner. He ran third in the Emirates two years ago and fourth last year when unlucky and numerous placings in between but to get back and win one was terrific."

"He had finished second in the Easter Handicap at his last start so we were happy with the form the horse was in.

O'Brien is hoping the gelding strikes a wet track again as he will not only relish the ground and the distance but drops significantly in weight.

"We were always coming up here to run the two Saturdays and now he's won we've probably got a little bit more confidence going into this weekend.

"We're certainly happy not to see Weekend Hussler there. It's a wide open race and it is a handicap where he drops from 58.5kg down to 53.5kg so he looks a winning chance. He's pulled up really well."

Valedictum has shorted in Doncaster markets after last weekend's win but is still long odds - $35.00 with Sportingbet.

Forensics and Hot Danish hold favouritism at $5.00 and $6.00 respectively.

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