O'Brien eyes final Group 1 of the season

Leading Victorian trainer Danny O'Brien has set his sights on the final Group 1 of the racing season after a weekend of mixed emotions surrounding the Stradbroke Handicap.


In the lead-up to the Stradbroke, O'Brien was bemused and disappointed that Juste Momente, a Group 1 winner of the Sangster Stakes just three starts back, was declared an emergency for the blue ribbon event. 


With no withdrawals forthcoming for the Eagle Farm feature, Juste Momente was back at the stables while stablemate Absolut Glam ran a tremendous fourth from her horror draw of 20 in the race.


"Absolut Glam's run was terrific to finish within a length, and in the end a couple of place getters who had better runs in transit handled the wet track just a little bit better," O'Brien said.


"Both horses are in good order and will now train on towards the Winter Stakes over 1400m."   


The $500,000 Group 1 weight-for-age event for fillies and mares will be run at Eagle Farm on Saturday, June 21.


O'Brien also has emerging stayer Ballack in Queensland and the gelding will run on the same day in the Group 3 $200,000 Tattersall's Cup over 2200m.