Northern Exposure

Two Group 1 winners, a Group 3 winner and a classy three-year-old rolled into Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon without any fanfare as powerful Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien quietly plots to plunder the rich Queensland winter carnival.

The quartet – Absolut Glam, DouroValley, Ballack and Keano - arrived in the sunshine state via float and have settled into their new surroundings at Eagle Farm in terrific order as prepare for the winter carnival.

Last year, O'Brien won the Group 1 Winter Stakes with Absolut Glam (pictured above) and the Group 3 Tatts Cup with Ballack at the same meeting and the trainer is looking to repeat his interstate dominance.

"We had success up north last year and we are heading back with a strong team of horses looking to emulate that success," O'Brien said.

During the carnival, star mare Absolut Glam will be aimed at the shorter Group 1 races, while Ballack will tackle the group staying handicaps again.

"Depending on her work next week we may look at kicking Absolut Glam's Queensland campaign off in the BTC Cup on Saturday week, while Ballack will race in the Chairman's Handicap at the same meeting," O'Brien said.

Yalumba Stakes winner DouroValley will head towards the WFA Doomben Cup on May 16, while O'Brien is eyeing off a Stradbroke Handicap start with Anzac Day Flemington winner Keano.

"We will race Keano in a couple of lead up races with the aim of earning him a start in the Stradbroke. He is a classy three-year-old and if his form warrants a start he could give that race a shake coming in with a light weight."

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