O'Brien aims for feature Tatts treble

Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien recorded a feature double on Tatts day at Eagle Farm last year but this time around is aiming for a winning treble.

The leading trainer scored with Ballack in the Group 2 Tatts Cup (2200m) last year and then landed the feature double when Absolut Glam won the Group 1 Winter Stakes (1400m).

That pair will contest the same races again this year but he also has exciting sprinter Keano set for the Group 3 Healy Stakes (1200m) on the same day.

Keano broke through for his first stakes success last weekend in the Listed Lightning Handicap, beating the older horses as he ran away with a soft win.

“He's a high quality colt and we've always thought he'd measure up to a very good race,” O'Brien said.

“That was certainly a nice race for him to win last Saturday but we're hoping he has a bigger win in store.

“He'll run on Tatts Cup day in the Healy Stakes then we'll bring him back to Melbourne for some good races in the spring. I'm hoping he'll measure up to a Group 1 one day.”

Absolut Glam heads to the Winter Stakes with similar form to last year, her latest outing a fast finishing fifth in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.

She had run fourth in the same race before winning last year's Winter Stakes.

“I thought her run was very good but she didn't do herself any favours at the start when she was slowly away and ended up second last. She was really strong at the finish and we're hoping she can defend her title on Saturday week.”

Ballack is also racing in good form, winning the Group 3 Chairmans Stakes (pictured returning to scale above) two starts back before a solid fourth in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup last weekend.

“I thought he had the right run and looked to have every chance but he possibly doesn't quite run out a strong 2400m at the top level and is yet to win beyond 2200m.

“So he'll come back in distance for the Tatts Cup and hopefully go back to back in that race.”

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