O'Brien sets mares for Group 1 finale

Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien goes into the final Group 1 race of the season with two excellent chances in Absolut Glam and Juste Momente.

The filly and mare line up in this weekend's Group 1 Winter Stakes at Eagle Farm – a set weights race for fillies and mares.

Juste Momente fresh-up winner of the Group 1 Sangster Stakes in Adelaide before not having much luck in the Sapphire Stakes in Sydney.

She turned in a better performance in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 when working home strongly to finish fourth behind Apache Cat a month ago.

Absolut Glam comes into the race in top form, winning the Listed Kevin Hayes Stakes and Group 2 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes in Melbourne, then placing in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes there before heading to Queensland.

There she placed in the Magic Millions and Group 3 BTC Sprint before tackling the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap last start where she ran home hard to finish fourth behind Mr Baritone.

Both are suited under the set weights conditions and should give O'Brien a strong hand in the race.

The trainer has also sent Ballack to Queensland for Saturday's Group 3 Tattersall's Cup (2200m).

The four-year-old has also been in good form with two wins and two placings from his last four starts.

Meanwhile promising West Australian stayer Lords Ransom, not to be confused with the Queensland galloper Lord Ransom, has joined the stable to be set for the Cups.

Owner Bob Peters has chosen O'Brien to prepare the four-year-old through his spring assignments hoping he can ultimately repeat the 1995 performance of Doriemus.

Lords Ransom, a son of Melbourne Cup winner Jeune, has had just 10 career starts for seven wins, including the Belmont Classic (2200m) at his last run as a three-year-old and the Bunbury and Pinjarra Cups at his last two starts before a spell.

By Jason Hickson – AAP/Racing and Sports

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