O'Brien targets Newmarket with Decircles


Following the impressive return of Decircles at Flemington on Saturday, trainer Danny O'Brien told Radio Sport National yesterday that he is leaning towards setting the promising colt on a path towards the $1M Newmarket Handicap in March.

"He's a nice colt and I'm sure he'll be able to win a good race at six furlongs" O'Brien said.

"We'll have to be all systems go if we were to run in the Australian Guineas (1600m) where as I can just back off him and give him a few weeks between runs if I set him for the Newmarket".

"If I do go that way he might end up in races like the Rubiton but we'll just see how he does this week before making any decision."

O'Brien similarly has an fair idea of what he is going to do with impressive four length two-year-old winner Shamexpress, a horse he believes could have "quite a future".

"He got through his gears well, his action was terrific, he's got a turn of foot and he's bred to stay."

"He's pulled up well from the run and the Sires Produce looks the logical target as I don't think he'll really be suited by the shorter races like the Blue Diamond."

O'Brien also touched on his multiple group one winning mare Shamrocker who will be set for the Brisbane winter carnival.

"I couldn't isolate what was wrong with her during the spring.

"She went to the vet at Werribee and apart from some heat in her hocks we couldn't find anything major.

"She's had three months in the paddock and we'll just slowly build up towards Brisbane in the winter with a view to giving her a European style preparation and race her right through to the spring."

Story by Radio Sport National, to view full story click here

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

O'Brien filly Flirts with ability

O'Brien filly Flirts with ability
[12 Nov 18] Danny O’Brien is optimistic his fruitful end to the spring can continue with promising juvenile Absolute Flirt, who turned heads with a sharp hitout at Monday’s official trials at Cranbourne.  more...

Ollie equals record aboard Order

Ollie equals record aboard Order
[10 Nov 18] Damien Oliver equalled legendary jockey Bobbie Lewis's longstanding record of 72 wins in the Melbourne Cup carnival when he won the last race of the week on Order Of Command for Danny O'Brien.  more...

O'Brien Declares Autumn Derby aspirations

O'Brien Declares Autumn Derby aspirations
[08 Nov 18] He was squeezed out of the field for Saturday's AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) but progressive stayer Vow And Declare delivered connections a consolation prize on Thursday with a last-gasp win in the Listed TCL TV Stakes (1800m) at Flemington.  more...