Caulfield Jinx Over For O'Brien

The Danny O'Brien stable broke a 12 month jinx by winning the first race at Caulfield this afternoon with the well bred filly Juste Momente.

The stable's last winner at the track was Blessum on the 23rd of April last year.

In today's race, Juste Momente ($4.00-$6.00), having her first start, repaid O'Brien's patience by coming from last to win well by a length from Aprisa ($2.00-$3.50F) and favourite Folie D'Amour ($3.00-$3.50-$3.10F).

A $300,000 Easter Yearling Sale purchas, Juste Momente has been given plenty of time to develop, according to O'Brien's Assistant Trainer Gino Mata.

"She had a problem with her X-rays", said Mata.

"Our vet, John Van Veenendaal said it was in a hind leg and probably wouldn't cause problems but we've been patient with her."

Juste Momente is O'Brien's fourth two year old winner for the season, according to Mata, joining Escadaire, My Only Hope and Galen in the winner's stall.

O'Brien does not like to overtax his youngsters.

"We've raced about 15 to 20 two year olds this season", said Mata.

"We have about 50 two year olds in the stable but Danny won't race them until he thinks they're ready."

"You'll see that we win a lot of races with three year olds having their first or second start."

Original plans for Juste Momente were for her to run in the $100,000 Listed Gibson Carmichael Stakes over 1600m at Flemington on the 20th of May.

Mata is not sure that this is still the plan, but said she ran at Caulfield today "because we had to start her somewhere."

Juste Momente is already a valuable filly, being by Giant's Causeway from the Danehill mare Skates, a stakes placed daughter of Group 1 winner Skating. Skating in turn is the dam of Magic Millions winner Bradbury's Luck, making Juste Momente a three quarter sister to that horse.

Bill Saunders - VirtualFormguide