Delicious a star

Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien tipped lightly-raced filly Be Delicious to be one of his next top gallopers after she landed today's Snowing Hcp (1400m) at Sandown.


Having just her third race start, the daughter of Danasinga was ridden by Steven Arnold and posted her second win by beating Wildcoast by 2-1/4 lengths with Duel Command the same margin away third.


A year ago O'Brien was enjoying the off season with Valedictum and Glamour Puss who trained on to be Group One winners this spring.


"We were able to take those two horses to the next level so hopefully over the summer we can unleash another couple, and she is looking like being one of them," O'Brien said.


Be Delicious and Glamour Puss are owned by Gary Chittick who is the principal of Waikato Stud, one of New Zealand's leading breeding operations.


Chittick also has four-year-old mare Breezy with O'Brien and she gave the owner-trainer combination a winning double today, landing a betting plunge from $3.50 to $2.80 in the Saxony Hcp (1500m).


Breezy scored by 1-3/4 lengths from Talons Shown ($5) with Di's Angel ($9.50) three-quarters of a length away third.


Be Delicious has an outstanding female line being from Centaine mare O'Really whose dam is the 1989 Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper Stakes winner Courtza.


O'Brien said she arrived at the stable with Glamour Puss in August last year and had been brought along slowly until winning her race debut at Cranbourne on November 17.


Last start she was third to Evilweb and Twink at Sandown but showed she had improved from the run when Twink could only finish fourth today.


"She is only just learning at the moment but I think she has a really good future," O'Brien said.


He said her next start would again be against fillies over 1400 metres at Flemington on January 2.


"We will then get her ready for the better fillies races over 1400 to 1600 metres in the autumn," he said.


Like Be Delicious, Glamour Puss is also from a Centaine mare.


She emerged as a top-class mare when she won the Group One Goodwood Hcp (1200m) in Adelaide in May before winning both the Group One Salinger Stakes (1200m) and the Group Two The Age Classic (1200m) at Flemington during Melbourne Cup week.


Valedictum won the Group One Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 5.


By Robert Windmill - AAPRacing & Sports