Strong weekend for O’Brien

Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien is looking to build on his solid start to the year with a swag of city runners across the weekend.

O’Brien kicked off the year with Vigor’s fourth straight city win at Flemington on New Year’s Day, while Ballack ran a courageous third in the Perth Cup on the same day.

The next day at Geelong, O’Brien scored a treble with Smashing Pins, Fire of Desire and From The Terrace all winning, while Sminker and Count Royal also ran second on that program.

Tonight at Moonee Valley, Bizzaca comes to town for the first time on the back of a strong maiden win at Geelong on Boxing Day. Steven Arnold will partner the Fusaichi Pegasus colt in Race 7 at 9.45pm.

At Caulfield on Saturday, in-form apprentice Nick Hall will team with O’Brien for three rides, while Glen Boss has one ride for the powerful stable on talented mare Code Black.

Hall will team with Quinquatria in Race 2 over 1100m, promising stayer Reputable (pictured above) in the Ian Miller Handicap (1600m) and the desperately unlucky Fifth Avenue Lady in the final event on the program.

Early markets have all the O’Brien starters well in the markets as the trainer looks to add to his 12 city winners so far this season.

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