Archie Brothers On Different Paths
The Danny O’Brien stable have two promising gallopers in Archie Senior and Archie Junior but the pair will have very different paths over the next year.
The full brothers, by Archway from the Spectacular Love mare Love Scene, will take it in turns over the next 12 months racing in opposite seasons.
Archie Junior was most impressive in his latest win when scoring by four lengths at his city debut at Moonee Valley last weekend.
The three-year-old was coming off his maiden win in Class 1 company and despite having no luck in the run cruised away to win by four lengths.
He is likely to have one more run this campaign before a good spell over the spring and returning for the summer and autumn.
His older brother, however, is back in work as he prepares for tougher races over the spring carnival.
The four-year-old won all four starts last campaign, culminating in his win in the Listed Auckland Racing Club Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley in April.
He is being aimed at Group races over the spring and if he stands up may even start at the top level.
“Archie Junior was very impressive last start and surprised us a bit,” O’Brien’s racing manager Aaron Corby said.
“He was stepping out of a maiden win in a Class 1 and had no favours in the run from the wide gate but just kept going. It was reminiscent of his older brother.
“We’ve come to the end his three-year-old season and there isn’t much about for him so he’ll probably have one more, have a really good break and come back later in the year.
“His brother showed in his four-year-old season he could go ahead in leaps and bounds and we’re hoping he can do the same. At least we know he can stay and handle wet tracks.
“Archie Senior on the other hand is back in work and getting ready for the spring. He showed he was up to better class last campaign.
“He’s won his last four so you wouldn’t want to put a limit on him but if he keeps improving he wont be out of place in the Group 3 and Group 2 races and maybe if he shows he’s up to it there might be a Group 1 around for him.
“He’s proven to a mile but I think he might get 2000m.”
Along with the Archies, the stable is gearing up for a big spring especially with the return of racing to its home base of Flemington in September.
Corby said the stable had high hopes for Valedictum, Master O’Reilly, Juste Momente and Purrealist and all four were now back in work.
The stable is also eagerly awaiting American import Tacit Agreement, who arrives in August and is being set for the Melbourne Cup.
by Jason Hickson - RacingandSports.com.au
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