Autumn Classic test for Haka

Trainer Danny O’Brien is giving promising three-year-old Haka his chance in Group company tomorrow at Caulfield when he steps him out to 1800m for the first time.

The regally-bred colt, who is closely related to Ferocity, Leone Chiara and Chinchilla Rose, has taken regular racing to find form with his maiden victory coming recently at Ballarat.

Now O’Brien is wasting no time by throwing him in the deep end on Saturday in the Group 2 Autumn Classic.

“It is a big rise in class, but it’s sink or swim and he has been racing like a horse looking for further so we will give him his chance,” O’Brien said.

Haka will be ridden by Damien Oliver, who also rides strong stable chances Fifth Avenue Lady (Race 1 over 1600m) and the speedy Pukalee (Race 3 over 1400m).

O’Brien also has the OTI-owned filly Midnight Wine in Race 3 (Nicholas Hall), while Viallico (Steven King) will contest the final event as he looks to recapture the form which saw him win easily on debut at Flemington back in June.

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