Three is a charm for Oliver

Champion jockey Damien Oliver made it a treble at Flemington on Saturday winning on the Danny O'Brien trained Second Bullet, but could’ve made it four if he’d been able to stick around for the last race.

After collecting his third winner aboard the Danny O’Brien-prepared Second Bullet in the eighth race, Oliver was ruled unfit to ride in the final event by the club doctor.

With Oliver unavailable, Craig Williams was the only hoop left who could take the ride at 54kg - and he made every post a winner on the heavily-backed Bullpit, plotting a course by himself down the outside of the Flemington straight.

It completed a double for O’Brien, while Williams also got a brace - bookending the meeting after saluting on Lessyd in the opener.

However, the day belonged to Oliver, who also guided home the Colin Little-trained Miss Softhands in Race 2 as well as Lucques for Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra in Race 4.

The treble takes Oliver’s metropolitan total to 30, just two behind leader Dwayne Dunn, who also tasted success when Hellbent won the Inglis Dash.

Story by Tom Biddington, to view Racing.com story click here

Photo by Slickpix, to view Slickpix website click here
 

O'Brien hopes for Derby Vow

O'Brien hopes for Derby Vow
[19 Oct 18] Three-year-old gelding Vow And Declare showed his staying prowess at Warrnanbool on Friday taking on beating the older horses over 2380m. Trainer Danny O'Brien was thrilled with the victory and hopes that the son of Declaration Of War will make it into the final VRC Derby field.  more...

Derby Trial awaits Grinzinger Star

Derby Trial awaits Grinzinger Star
[12 Oct 18] Trainer Danny O'Brien will test three-year-old Grinzinger Star in the Geelong Classic on Wednesday week before deciding if he pushes on to the VRC Derby with the talented colt. The son of Reliable Man pulled out all stops for jockey Damien Oliver to secure his maiden victory over 2200m at start four on Friday at Ballarat.  more...

Synthetic form stacks up for Dawn

Synthetic form stacks up for Dawn
[01 Oct 18] Punters didn't have confidence, but Daily At Dawn defied a betting drift to notch back-to-back wins at Geelong on Monday. The stats on horses backing up a synthetic track win with a victory on grass next start is quite low, but the daughter of Dawn Approach proved too strong for her rivals in the 1200m BM58 event.  more...