Star Witness chases double in Golden Slipper

Star Witness will head to Sydney next week in his quest to become the fifth horse to complete the Golden Slipper-Blue Diamond double.

Trainer Danny O'Brien confirmed a change of plans for the horse after a pleasing track gallop at Flemington yesterday.

"(Jockey) Nick (Hall) was happy and I was happy. There is fresh blood in Sydney, but the Blue Diamond form is standing up well," O'Brien said.

He planned to spell Star Witness after his Blue Diamond win, but said the horse had "put his hand up".

"The horse has come on really well. He's only had three runs and he wasn't going to race until the first week in September which is a long time to have off," O'Brien said.

"He will still get two months off before the spring."

Star Witness firmed from $10 to $9 after bets of $7000 and $5000 with TAB Sportsbet.

O'Brien will closely monitor the runs of Blue Diamond placegetter Beneteau and Crystal Lily (who ran sixth) in Golden Slipper lead-ups on Saturday, before sending Star Witness to Sydney to prepare for the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday week.

The Golden Slipper (1200m) is at Rosehill on Saturday, April 3. Connections must pay $150,000 late entry fees for Star Witness and Crystal Lily.

The last horse to complete the double was Courtza in 1989.

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