Valedictum turns in impressive Doncaster lead-up form

TRAINER Danny O'Brien hopes Valedictum's return to winning form will become a trend.

O'Brien set the seven-year-old for a tilt at the Doncaster Handicap (1600m) and was justified when Valedictum lumped a hefty 58kg to impressively win his final lead-up race at Rosehill on Saturday.

The win was Valedictum's first since scoring in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington on November 5, 2005.

"That was more a lead-up run than one we expected to win, but he did it impressively," O'Brien said. "He now goes into the Doncaster this week with a genuine chance.

"I wouldn't have been too confident if Weekend Hussler was running, but with him out it's an open race. Valedictum's there with a nice weight as well. He drops from the 58kg on Saturday to 53.5kg in the Doncaster."

O'Brien said Steven King was likely to partner Valedictum.

by Adam Hamilton - Herald Sun

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