Scotland The Brave eyes Geelong Classic win

SCOTLAND The Brave's assault on this year's AAMI Victoria Derby starts in today's Geelong Classic.

The three-year old gelding was put through his final paces yesterday at trainer Danny O'Brien's Barwon Heads training complex.

O'Brien said his horse would "very hard to beat" in the $100,000 race which jumps at 2.45pm.

"He is a young horse with only two starts and he is certainly going to improve with a bit more time under his belt," he said. "He is a young and immature horse but we are really pleased with the way he has trained on since his win at Geelong a couple of weeks ago.

"This is an ideal race for him to prove where he is at."

The immature stayer needs to win the listed race to secure a start in the $1.5 million Derby on October 30.

"Really, he needs to win to go to the Derby. Otherwise he is not quite ready to step into the Derby which is a harder race again. If all things go to plan then we will take him to Flemington."

Scotland The Brave is one of many chances from the O'Brien yard, with Savaging in the 2400m Pro-Ride Racing - 78 Handicap also considered a massive chance.

"He hit a very wet track at Caulfield (last start) and didn't handle it," he said.

"Backing up suits him and his last two wins were good.

"If he gets back to a good surface he will be hard to beat."

O'Brien also has Keep Cool (Schweppes - 62 1700m handicap), Frenetica (Chisholm Petroleum 1400m maiden plate), Cyclone Al and Eight Pieces (Geelong Australia - 78 1500m handicap) all racing in today's 10 race Geelong Cup meet.

"(Eight Pieces and Cyclone Al) are well placed and are in good form," O'Brien said.

"Cyclone Al ran second here last year so hopefully he can go one better this year."

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