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After an eye-catching trial at the Cranbourne Training Complex on Monday, Flemington’s Danny O’Brien will work on getting the rating of promising type Beauty’s Beast up this spring with an eye on the Emirates Stakes 2014 in November.
The Gullotine four-year-old is a recent stable acquisition for O’Brien having previously been prepared in New Zealand where the gelding won four of his eight starts.
On debut down under Beauty’s Beast caught the eye straight away winning the Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) at Randwick on Sydney Cup Day in April by an impressive two lengths over Woodbine.
That form held at the Cranbourne trials yesterday then with the galloper able to win the morning’s opening hitout over 990m.
Ridden by Damien Oliver Beauty’s Beast narrowly held off Escado (2nd) by a half-head and Nautical (3rd) to win in a time of 1:01.23 while the Robert Smerdon-trained 2014 Myer Classic-bound mare Politeness also ran well in fourth.
O’Brien’s immediate aim is to get a few wins under the horse’s belt trying to get him up in the ratings and into stakes’ company in time for the important spring lead-ups.
He’s a promising lightly-raced horse that we’re hoping we can get into Stakes company in the spring,” O’Brien told Racing Victoria.
That plan will get underway on Underwood Stakes Day, September 20, at Caulfield with Beauty’s Beast to run in a 1400m open handicap first-up.
“His rating means he’ll still get in on the minimum in an open handicap so we’ll kick him off on the September 20 at Caulfield in 1400m open handicap,” O’Brien confirmed.
From there things will be dependent on his form and ratings, but ideally O’Brien would love to get the up-and-comer into the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington Racecourse on November 8 on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“If he’s progressing the right way then he’s a horse that we might look at aiming towards the Emirates Stakes on the last day of the (Melbourne Cup) Carnival,” he said.
“At the moment he’s still two or three wins away from even getting a run in a Group 1 handicap so we’ll give him the opportunity to do that during the spring and hopefully he’ll get there but if not then there’s still the autumn to come.”
Also bound for a Melbourne Cup week run is stablemate Caravan Rolls On who finished last in the same trial behind Beauty’s Beast.
Winner of the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) in just his second run down under last November, the imported Hernando seven-year-old debuted with a Melbourne Cup Day third over 2800m last year before the black-type win.
O’Brien is confident this year the 2014 Caulfield Cup nominee can be competitive in similar races despite the trial loss over an unsuitably short distance with a first-up run scheduled for Moonee Valley on Saturday in a 1600m handicap.
“He’s a lightly-rated stayer that’s a long way off getting a run in the bigger staying races,” he said.
“We’ll just try and find our feet with him and place him in the right races and if he wins one we’re hoping he can measure up to one of the staying races over Melbourne Cup week.”
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