Danny keen to keep colt

FLEMINGTON trainer Danny O'Brien will use his persuasive skills to try and keep promising three-year-old colt Town Of Dragon, winner of yesterday's 1100m Tarneit Handicap at Werribee, in his stable.

Town Of Dragon is owned by Hong Kong businessman Oliver Yeung and he is keen to get the galloper over there in the near future.

But O'Brien has a big opinion of Town Of Dragon and says he has an ace in his pack with the horse being sired by Redoute's Choice.

"I've had a bit of success in black type races and I know this horse is as capable or more capable than some horses I've had at that level," O'Brien said yesterday.

"As he's by Redoute's Choice if I can get him to that level then he will be worth a lot more here than in Hong Kong.

"He's a nice horse and I've got no doubt he's up to winning a stakes race in the future. That was a good field he defeated today."

Town Of Dragon ($10) defeated Monet Rules ($2.60 favourite) by a short neck with Jennings ($3.50) a half length away third.

Town Of Dragon has only had three starts and has won his past two at Werribee.

O'Brien said Town Of Dragon cost $180,000 which he felt was a good buy as it was just before Redoute's Choice became the hot stallion in Australian racing.

Meanwhile, Ballarat trainer Darren Weir is hoping his successful run won't end after posting a winner every day from Saturday through to yesterday.

At Stawell on Tuesday, Weir recorded his 100th winner for the season when Handsome Is won and yesterday at Werribee he took his tally to 101 when Celtic Bloom got up in the final stride to win the Baystone Handicap (2000m).

Weir described Celtic Bloom as a great little horse but because of her racing style of coming from behind she often just missed out on winning.

That looked to be the case again yesterday when she was two lengths off leader Point Made with 150m to go but she overhauled him to win by a short half head.

Celtic Bloom gave stable apprentice Sebastian Murphy his second city winner at the VRC's Werribee meeting.

Earlier in the day he was suspended for 17 meetings after being found guilty of a careless riding charge after riding Incinerator on the final day of the Warrnambool carnival.

Flemington trainer Mike Moroney took the training honours with a winning double yesterday.

He scored with Prime Time in the opening event the Bulban Handicap (1000m) and Frothy in the Sunny Lane Handicap (2000m).

Moroney said he had a good opinion of Prime Time and would spell her for the spring as she did not handle wet tracks.

by Michael Manley

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