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O'Brien sprinters to test water in two states

11 October 2018 3:50 AM
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Saturday will, says O'Brien's Werribee-based foreman TJ Comerford, be a fork in the road for the three and will determine whether they are up to competing in group 1 company in races like the Manikato Stakes at The Valley on Cox Plate eve or in the VRC Sprint down the Flemington straight on Stakes Day at the end of the Cup week carnival.

The trio were all popped out of the barriers at Werribee on Thursday along with their middle distance counterparts The Cliffsofmoher and Yucatan.

'They’re fine, in good old form. They’re coming here off sprinting at home but they have a bit to find as well. We’re hoping they’ll show up on the day,'' says Comerford.

''We’re hoping to run well in sprints. We’re not expecting to win. If we won, it would be a bonus.

''It’s the end of the year and normally if you have a good sprinter at home you’d like to bring them down for The Everest and that but there’s always other sprints like Hong Kong.

The aim of the jumpouts from the stalls on Thursday was to sharpen the horses up. Sprint races in Australia tend to be helter-skelter affairs and Australian gallopers generally jump from the gates much more smartly than their European counterparts who often leave the stalls more sedately, even in sprints, and build into the race.

Work rider and jockey Emmett McNamara, who will ride the outsider of the trio, Intelligence Cross on Saturday, agreed.

The Cliffsofmoher will be one of the more interesting runners in what should be a hugely informative Caulfield Stakes.

Comerford says the plan is for him to follow the path trodden by Johannes Vermeer last year, with three races in four weeks.

''The Caulfield Stakes, Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup. He [Johannes Vermeer] took all his races well. You do need horses to take it well.

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Source: brisbanetimes.com.au

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