O’Brien’s Derby confidence grows

Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien is quietly confident he has the right horse going into Saturday’s AAMI Victoria Derby.

O’Brien will saddle up promising New Zealand-bred stayer Buffett in the $1.5 million Group 1 event at just his fifth career start.

“Ever since he arrived at our stables a few months back he has been our Derby horse and I wouldn’t change a thing with his preparation,” O’Brien said.

“His run in the Vase last week was excellent and has topped him off to be peaking this Saturday on his home track.”

Buffett showed his early promise for O’Brien with a 6-length win in second race start at Geelong over 1700m. The son of Danasinga then pushed Derby favourite Whobegotyou to less than two lengths at Moonee Valley last Saturday in his final lead-up race.

“I wouldn’t be swapping him for any runner in the race and we are quietly confident that he will run a mighty race,” O’Brien added.

Last year O’Brien had his best result in a Victoria Derby when Villain finished fourth in the blue-ribbon event.

O’Brien is hopeful Saturday will be a strong start to his Cup week carnival as he has three runners – Master O’Reilly, Gallopin and Barbaricus - in Tuesday’s Emirates Melbourne Cup.

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