Valley kick-off for Lords Ransom's Cups campaign

Former Perth stayer Lords Ransom begins his Cups campaign when he makes his debut for Danny O’Brien on Saturday.

The lightly raced five-year-old will kick-off for his new trainer in a 1500m handicap at Moonee Valley and be ridden by Steven Arnold.

O’Brien was ecstatic when he was able to entice leading WA racing identity Bob Peters to send Lords Ransom to his Flemington stables from Perth trainer Adam Durrant following a four-win streak that finished with the Pinjarra and Bunbury cups in March.

O’Brien said he had been tipped off about the galloper’s potential by WA clients and was certain he would shape up to the spring.

“I would certainly say this time last year when Master O’Reilly and Douro Valley were lining up for the spring, I was no more confident with them than I would be with him,” he said.

“We certainly respect that Adam has been a huge part of getting the horse to where he is today and it’s a responsibility for me now to take him to that next level during the spring.

“I haven’t had the chance yet to test him under race conditions, but he’s a very natural staying horse similar to Master O’Reilly and I am looking forward to his first test on Saturday.”

Lords Ransom will not be O’Brien’s only runner on Saturday, with the ever-green Valedictum heading to Sydney to tackle the Warwick Stakes with Shane Dye booked for the ride.

Valedictum ran a sensational third to Grand Duels and Stavka first up in the Aurie’s Star Handicap over 1200m at Flemington and O’Brien feels the Group 2 Warwick Farm feature will suit as a second-up race for the eight-year-old.

By Steve Butler

Photo by the West Australian

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