Two days after Vow And Declare won a $7.75 million Melbourne Cup, O’Brien’s higher filly Miami Bound cruised home to constraint a $1 million VRC Oaks.
O’Brien’s pre-race faith that Miami Bound would penchant a 2500m was irreproachable with a exile victory.
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She had a competition won underneath champion hoop Damien Oliver with 400m to go, winning by 3 and a entertain lengths.
“When she was trucking during a 600m we knew this was going to be fun,” O’Brien said.
“She wandered around with 400m to go she’s a unequivocally good staying prospect.
“Nothing is as large as Melbourne Cup week. To get here and do it on your hometrack. These are a days we remember forever.
“The dual horses we suspicion could magnitude adult were her and Vow And Declare. They’ve had 3 runs here and won them all.”
Miami Bound ($4 TAB second favourite) degraded 40-1 longshot Never Listen by 3¾ lengths with Moonlight Maid ($4.90) dual lengths divided third.
O’Brien pronounced he was unapproachable of his attainment to have turn usually a fourth tutor in story to have lerned a Melbourne Cup and an Oaks leader in a same week.
O’Brien pronounced Oliver won a 2001 Coolmore Stakes in Sydney with Porto Roca that was a trainer’s initial Group 1 win.
Miami Bound also emulated her dam Arapaho Miss who won a VRC Oaks in 2007.
O’Brien also lerned Miami Bound’s half brother, Bagot Handicap leader De Little Engine, and that’s because he purchased Miami Bound with prolonged time owners John Rosham.
“We’ve been watchful to get her to 2500m from a day we bought her,” he said.
“Arapaho Miss won a Oaks and her half hermit De Little Engine was glorious during 2500m.
“I was unequivocally assured she would run 2500m from a day we got her.”
While Vow And Declare won on Oaks Day final year, O’Brien is not presaging a Melbourne Cup start for Miami Bound.
“She’ll win another large competition though a three-year-old staying form doesn’t routinely magnitude adult opposite a internationals in a Caulfield and Melbourne Cups,” he said.
BLAST TAKES OFF FOR HICKMOTT
Trainer Robert Hickmott has unearthed a probable Group-class awaiting in Bumper Blast, who trounced rivals in a normal “greys race” on Oaks Day.
Hickmott, who before prepared six-time Melbourne Cup winning owners Lloyd Williams’ horses during Macedon Lodge, wants to let Bumper Blast work by a grades before targeting something like a Group 1 Cantala Stakes subsequent year.
After winning a Sale lass by some-more than 6 lengths final start, Bumper Blast jumped favourite and delivered in character for Hickmott and Melbourne Cup-winning manoeuvre Craig Williams.
“I know we jumped a few grades currently though no vital skeleton with him during this stage,” Hickmott said.
“Hopefully we can get him to this time subsequent year, it’d be poetic to get into a Cantala or something like that if he did progress.”
Bumper Blast, who races in David Price’s Western Bulldogs-themed silks, was set to go to Hong Kong though unsuccessful a medical with a teenager throat infection.
The reversal could be a godsend for Hickmott and broach a shrewd Caulfield-Ballarat horseman a breakthrough Group win in a destiny as a stand-alone trainer.
“He had a small bit of a throat emanate there, zero structural, only had a bit of chondritis (and) unsuccessful a vet,” Hickmott said.
“David doesn’t like anything to go astray with his horses over in Hong Kong so he motionless to leave him here and it’s been illusory for us so distant to have a equine like him.”
Two-time Melbourne Cup-winning tutor Hickmott split association with Macedon Lodge final year.
He prepared 8 winners from 52 starters, including during Flemington.
Imported stayer Schabau delivered a yard a biggest win, a Listed Roy Higgins Quality, though did a tendon damage shortly after.
“You get a small sceptical examination (the carnival),” Hickmott said.
“I did on Tuesday, though good for Danny (O’Brien) and good for Australian racing. But I’m unequivocally unapproachable to have been a partial of a Melbourne Cup.”