O'Brien pair settle into Perth

BMW Perth Cup fancy Ballack has arrived in the west safe and sound, along with lightly raced stable mate I'm A Toff.

The Danny O'Brien trained pair arrived at 7:00am on Tuesday morning and according to travelling foreman Mick Doherty, both horses have handled the journey without moving a hair.

"Both horses have settled in well and are eating and drinking," Doherty told perthracing.com.au.

"They will have a pick and swim this afternoon, and a nice easy week."

Ballack is currently on the third line of betting for the $400,000 Group 2 BMW Perth Cup (2400m), and is set to peak after two terrific conditioning runs at Flemington, in preparation for the time honoured New Years Day feature.

Local riding legend Stephen Miller will ride Ballack and I'm A Toff in work while they are in Perth.

Following on from time he spent during the Melbourne Spring Carnival at O'Brien's Flemington stables with his son Duncan Miller, who is currently endentured to the gun Melbourne trainer.

"Stephen will ride them in a hit-out on Saturday morning on the course proper at Ascot," Doherty said.

"Then they will have an easy time through to Cup day."

I'm A Toff is a well related son of boom New Zealand sire Pins and has ten career starts, registering two wins and two seconds.

He showed early promise including a solid second at Caulfield in December 2007 and was an impressive Kyneton restricted grade winner two starts back.

"He doesn’t like wet tracks, so the firm tracks will suit here in the West," Doherty said.

I'm A Toff will contest the $50,000 Rating 0-79 (1400m) on New Years Day, and will then stay on and race under the ownership of prominent local owner Peter Caporn.

Caporn purchased another O'Brien galloper, Escadaire earlier in the season which proved to be an astute buy, with the high-class sprinter subsequently earning in excess of $90,000, from three wins and three placing's in Western Australia.

By perthracing.com.au

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