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Derby disappointment becomes last-gasp win for Vow And Declare

8 November 2018 6:34 AM
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The win was enough to convince O'Brien to reset the horse, who has now won two of his five starts and only missed a place once, and aim for a Derby in the Autumn with either an Adelaide or Sydney visit on the agenda after he spells.

"I was pretty confident inside the clocktower because I knew how solid they had gone and I knew he would build and build. He was always going to run his last 100 metres as well as anything."

O'Brien, a noted trainer of stayers, said missing the VRC Derby might prove a blessing with the horse not having to grind out a tough 2500-metre race this early in his career.


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