O'Brien unearth's Blue Diamond Filly

In Melbourne, Danny O'Brien produced debutante My Only Hope in the Tecforce Plate (1000m) to beat the David Hayes-trained pair of Miss Witness and Ulfah, scoring in a slick 56.03s and smashing the class record by more than a second.

O'Brien said Redoute's Choice had stamped My Only Hope with quality and toughness.

"She's tough, does everything right and every time you do something with her she improves," O'Brien said.

"We trialled her a couple of times and she went fair the first time, got better the second time and improved again at the races.

"It was a good effort as she sat wide away from the rail, chased hard and had them covered in the straight," he said. "The best thing about her is that she has won at 1000m but she'll be better when she gets to 1200m."

My Only Hope will have her next start next month in the Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield.

Steven King, who won the 1994 Blue Diamond Stakes on Hurricane Sky, said there were still a number of horses he could ride in Victoria's premier two-year-old race but he rated My Only Hope as one of his top contenders.

"She's in the top bracket of two-year-olds I've ridden this season," he said.

"She is a lightly framed filly but she knows what it's all about. She knew it was race day, knew where the winning post was, and will be improved by the run." O'Brien is planning to start both Galileo colt Galen and Royal Academy filly Cashew in the Blue Diamond Previews this Thursday at Sandown.

King is set to partner Cashew, a half-sister to five-time stakeswinner Fouardee and making her race debut. Stephen Baster has Galen, which he has ridden at his two race starts -- winning recently at Sandown.

O'Brien said his other Blue Diamond hope was World Joy, which had no luck on Friday, coming fifth to Swinging Bachelor at Flemington. My Only Hope is her first offspring of the well-bred Cantenac to race.

By Brendan Cormick - The Australian

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