O'Brien looking for Rose to bloom

Emerging staying filly Miss Lily Rose will face the toughest assignment in her short career after drawing wide in the Group 1 AJC Oaks on Saturday, while exciting stablemate Iamzeus (pictured) will be back in action at Flemington.

The Red Ransom filly, who will be ridden by Steven Arnold, will jump from barrier 17 in the 2400m Randwick feature.

Miss Lily Rose is in terrific form leading into the staying classic having been placed at black-type level in her past two starts. She ran second to Zapurple in the SA Fillies Classic on April 4 after running third to AJC Oaks fancy Gallica in the Schweppes Oaks at Group 1 level.

“Her form in Adelaide has been very good and we are confident she will give a good account of herself on Saturday,” Trainer Danny O’Brien said.

“The draw is not ideal, but she deserves her chance against the best fillies in the land.”

Miss Lily Rose is not the only interstate group starter for O’Brien at the weekend as Sparkling Satine is heading to Adelaide for the Group 2 Queen of the South Stakes over 1600m at Morphettville.

O’Brien will be hoping last start the Moonee Valley winner can hold her form as she did last time in work when she won successive races at her fifth and sixth starts that preparation.

“She’s a talented mare who in the past has held her form after a few runs back, so we will be looking for her to do the same given Saturday is her fifth start this time in.”

At Flemington, the talented Iamzeus will look to make it back-to-back wins on his home track in the 1400m three-year-old handicap, while O’Brien also saddles two other good chances.

Impressive two-year-old Take The Rap, who finished second on debut in a listed event at Sandown in the spring, will return over 1000m, while Villain is having his third run back from a lengthy spell in the 1800m open handicap.

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