Danny enjoys a Wine or four

While it may not have had a bells and whistles launch, Danny O'Brien's training complex at Barwon Heads is already paying dividends.

The state-of-the-art complex, a canter form Thirteenth Beach, has just begun operating, but O'Brien credited the success of Midnight Wine, the second leg of the trainer's career-best four winners at Sandown yesterday, to the property.

O'Brien said Midnight Wine had been freshened at Barwon Heads, which boasts a 1600m, 20m wide grass track, with 1000m chute and an 800m uphill finish, before winning the 1300m Broadbridge Handicap.

Exciting three-year-old Rockferry and luckless Cups campainger Vigor have been doing preparatory autumn carnival work down there.

O'Brien's career-best haul was helped by Damien Oliver. He rode three of them on his way to reclaiming the lead in the Victorian metropolitan premiership with a total of four winners for the day.

O'Brien started the day well when promising three-year-old Eraset proved too strong for his rivals over 1600m, making it back-to-back wins for the son of Reset.  Then followed Midnight Wine, who was a late pick up ride for Dwayne Dunn after Glen Boss called in sick for the meeting.

Lord Pyrus, the third of the quartet, may be the horse with the most scope.

O'Brien, who has trained 10 city winners in the past 30 days, said the four-year-old, who is raced in the same interests as Master O'Reilly, had the potential to develop into a good 2000m horse in the spring.

"He's a very exciting horse. We stretched him to a distance (1800m) and he was very impressive. He's going to be a better horse next preparation," O'Brien said.

The fourth winner for O'Brien, on day where he only had four runner engaged, was five-year-old mare Cape South who was able to win the final event on the card thanks to a daring mid-race move by jockey Damien Oliver.

Story by Adrian Dunn. Click here to visit the Herald Sun Super Racing website.

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