O'Brien's major Blue Diamond threat

Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien gave notice that he could be a major threat to David Hayes' grip on next month's Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield when he prepared first-starter My Only Hope for an impressive win in the ESP Tecforce Plate (1000 metres).

My Only Hope was a drifter from $4 to $5.50 but came with a withering burst to defeat the Hayes-trained pair Miss Witness ($1.90 favourite) by one-and-a-quarter lengths with Ulfah ($11) a neck away third.

O'Brien said that yesterday's victory would help secure My Only Hope a start in the Blue Diamond Stakes. "She just kept improving and improving with each trial," he said. "She was very focused today and she shows that she will relish races of 1200 metres, such as the Blue Diamond."

Jockey Steven King, who rode My Only Hope, said that the filly was now in the top bracket of possible rides for him in the Blue Diamond.

"She did everything right and the nice part about her win was that she carried her trackwork and trial form into yesterday's race. She's right up the top of my list," King said.

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