O'Brien runners hope to use Caulfield as stepping stone

A handful of Danny O'Brien-trained horses will be hoping to use races at Caulfield tomorrow as a stepping stone to bigger and better things in the coming weeks.Talented three-year-old Fashion Black, pictured above winning at Sandown last start, and Cabeza have the chance to book trips to Queensland for the Group 1 Oaks and Derby respectively with prominent showings in tomorrow's PFD Food Services Handicap over 2000m.

"Both horse are progressive types and if they performed well tomorrow we would have to consider taking them up north for the Queensland carnival feature staying events," O'Brien said.

The Flemington trainer has three horses in the race with Assessed having his second crack at 2000m after an unplaced run at Flemington earlier this month.

"He is still learning all about racing, but has shown us enough that he would be competitive at this level on a dry track, so he gets his chance to step up."

Later in the program, Group 1 placed Lucky Thunder returns form a spell in the Jimjoca Plate over 1400m which will see him tackle stablemate Reputable.

"Reputable's first-up run was excellent over an unsuitable distance and we are expecting him to continue his good form tomorrow as we start to get him up to his best distances," O'Brien said. 

"Lucky Thunder has performed well fresh and I am looking for him to be finding the line strongly tomorrow and show us he is on target for a big campaign."

O'Brien said the Winter Championships at Flemington could be on the agenda for Lucky Thunder if he measured up this preparation.

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