O'Brien has strong hand at Eagle Farm

Danny O'Brien rounded out last week by marrying Nina Begagic and tomorrow at Eagle Farm the Flemington trainer is out to secure the final group 1 of the season with Absolut Glam in the Winter Stakes.


"The horse is going great. She is in the same sort of form that she was in going into the race last year when she won it," O'Brien said.


Damien Oliver takes over the ride on Absolut Glam (pictured winning last year's Winter Stakes above) from Michael Rodd, who was aboard in her past two starts, in the Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap.


"Damien has ridden Absolut Glam before, he knows the mare, so it would be good if they have a bit of luck together," O'Brien said.


O'Brien and Oliver will also combine with Ballack, who is out to make it successive wins in the Tattersall's Cup, while the trainer and jockey link with last-start winner Keano in the W. J. Healy Stakes.


"Ballack won at Doomben and then ran well in the Brisbane Cup. He's up in the weights but should handle it," O'Brien said.


"And Keano did the job well when he won the Lightning at Eagle Farm. This Saturday will just about see them out, though."


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