O'Brien warns jockeys to ignore outside rail

Trainer Danny O'Brien says any jockey who heads to the outside rail in tomorrow's Crown Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington will destroy their mount's winning chances.

As his mare Absolut Glam has drawn barrier 22 in the field of 23, he is desperately hoping all opposition riders are aware of this and plot a course to the inside section of the track.

Otherwise Absolut Glam's winning chances could be ruined in the early stages of the race.

"If they go to the outside it will be suicide. It's definitely slower - it's been about 15 lengths slower down the outside rail recently and there's no sign it will even up," O'Brien said.

"We know where we are going and we just hope everyone else has done their homework and they also come to the inside, otherwise it might be hard to get a clear run."

O'Brien has targeted the Newmarket for a first-up tilt for Absolut Glam, who is pictured above finishing a short-half head second in the Group 1 Manikato first-up last preparation.

"She's very good fresh, she's in great shape and she's a Group One performer. We will need some luck," he said.

Absolut Glam is a $13 chance with TAB Sportsbet after firming in from $21.

The big mover in Newmarket betting yesterday was the Mark Young-trained Secret Flyer who is now equal favourite at $7.50 with Northern Meteor. He firmed from $9.

O'Brien has decided to place blinkers on for the first time on his Darley Australian Cup candidate Master O'Reilly in a bid to sharpen him up in the early stages.

"I'm very happy with him but the tempo is again a worry so hopefully the blinkers will help him stay in touch," O'Brien said.

Theseo yesterday was a $2.20 favourite with TAB Sportsbet.

By Michael Manley

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