Meethaq to chase Carbine Club


Lightly-raced three-year-old Meethaq will target the Group Three Carbine Club Stakes on Derby Day after scoring an omen win at Caulfield today.

A half-brother to Mnemosyne, who won the Thousand Guineas at the corresponding meeting six years ago, the Danny O'Brien-trained Al Maher colt scored an upset win in the Catanach's Jewellers Plate (1600m).

Ridden by Dwayne Dunn, Meethaq settled fifth of the eight runners and had the odds-on favourite Collar ($1.70) beaten early in the home straight.

Second favourite at $4.40, Meethaq scored by 1-3/4 lengths from First Course ($12) while Collar was a distant three lengths further back in third place.

O'Brien was always hopeful that a five-kilogram turnaround in weights would give Meethaq a winning edge after Collar won the Listed Doncaster Stakes at Flemington last start and Meethaq finished fifth.

"He had no luck at Flemington as he was back on a leaders' track," O'Brien said.

"Today he was able to settle handier and we were always confident he would run the mile right out.

"His family have always been strong milers."

O'Brien said there no Derby aspirations for Meethaq, but he may give him his chance to stay in the autumn.

"A mile is as far as he wants at this stage," O'Brien said.

He said the Group Two Sandown Guineas (1600m) was another option for Meethaq on November 12.

Story by AAP, to view full story on Bloodstock.com.au click here 

Photo by Bruno Cannatelli, to view Bruno's website click here

Big Ambitions for Waikato Filly

Big Ambitions for Waikato Filly
[16 Jan 19] Trainer Danny O’Brien has big ambitions for rising star My Pendant this Autumn. The three-year-old filly, who has won her past three races in town, holds a nomination for the All Star Mile and for the Group 1 Australian Guineas.  more...

O'Brien to take on Jockey's in NJT T20 Event

O'Brien to take on Jockey's in NJT T20 Event
[15 Jan 19] Next Monday Danny O'Brien will be again be donning the whites in the National Jockey’s Trust T20 Cricket Match to help raise funds for the great cause. It’s long odds that the trainer will be able to reproduce his Man of the Match efforts from last year, but the trainer is hoping to again raise the most money for the charity.  more...

Magic Millions 2019 Purchases

Magic Millions 2019 Purchases
[14 Jan 19] Check out Danny O'Brien Racing's purchases from the 2019 Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast last week. Seven yearlings were purchased from proven sires Zoustar, Sebring, Hinchinbrook and first-season sires Rich Enuff and Pride of Dubai.  more...