O'Brien sets sights on Adelaide with Ipioga

Leading Melbourne horseman Danny O'Brien has opted to return to Adelaide with staying prospect Ipioga for Saturday's $100,000 Group 3 Sportingbet SA Fillies Classic on the Parks circuit at Morphettville.

O'Brien had nominated Ipioga for a feature in Sydney worth $25,000 more, but said the 2400m Adelaide option was more suitable for the last-start Schweppes Oaks placegetter.

And the recent Adelaide rain has only enhanced Ipioga's chances in the feature with her only win in her brief career coming on a heavy track last month.

"She'll be in Adelaide, she's won on a heavy track at Moonee Valley so the rain isn't a concern," O'Brien said from the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney.

O'Brien was more than happy with Ipioga's last-start placing behind Small Minds in Adelaide and said the extra 400m on Saturday should play into her favour. "She ran very well last time there and I think the extra journey will suit her."

O'Brien has booked the services of Dominic Tourneur.

Interstate trainers have dominated the SA Fillies Classic in recent times, with the Tony McEvoy-trained Larrocha the only local winner in the past 10 years.

Morphettville trainer Leon Macdonald will try and buck that trend with stablemates Rose Darmore and Bint Maher.

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