O'Brien doubles the dose for Country Cup

The Danny O'Brien stable is looking to attack Saturday's Country Cup at Sandown with both the in-form Archie Senor and Anabaa King Prawn.

There were 20 nominations for the $75,500 feature run over 1600m on the Lakeside circuit and O'Brien is awaiting Tuesday's weights before making a final decision on starts for the pair.

The event is restricted to horses who have started at least four times in a non-metropolitan race in Australia since April 21 last year.

Archie Senior, who was narrowly beaten in a Bendigo maiden on April 20 last year, will be chasing his fourth straight win on Saturday.

The Archway four-year-old looks well placed having won by six lengths from subsequent Sandown winner Boulton over 1400m at Werribee on February 16.

The gelding followed up with solid 1400m wins from wide barriers in the Echuca Cup on March 11 and at Caulfield on Easter Saturday.

Despite racing wide in the Bert Bryant Hcp at Caulfield, Archie Senior raced clear in the straight to score by 2-1/2 lengths from Berber.

"He crushed a good field at Caulfield but will have to pay the penalty by going up in the weights," assistant trainer Gino Mata said.

Archie Senior carried 56kg last start after apprentice Sebastian Murphy claimed two kilos, but his handicapping rating has been increased from 89 to 93 for that win.

The stable will be looking for a replacement for Murphy, who is currently under suspension for careless riding, in the non-claiming race.

"The race is a good option for him though because it is worth the equivalent of a normal VRC Saturday race," Mata said.

Anabaa King Prawn finished just under three lengths behind Archie Senior last start, but his problem is making the final field of 16 as his rating is only 75.

"We're hoping he sneaks into the field as he deserves his chance too," Mata said.

The Anabaa four-year-old scored successive wins at Bendigo and at a Moonee Valley night meeting in February.

The Jim Jarvis-trained Mr Gold Fire (94) is the highest rated entrant ahead of Archie Senior, the Wendy Kelly-trained Bon Hoffa (93), the Darren Weir-trained Dracs Back (93) and the Brian Cox-trained Polish Clown (92).

by Mark Ryan - AAP Racing

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