Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien is not expecting all that much from his regally-bred two-year-old filly Badabing Badaboom at Flemington on Saturday.
However, given a bit of time and some extra distance and O’Brien says she will start to come into her own.
“I really think she’s an Oaks filly in the Spring.
"It probably would have been better had Saturday’s race been over 1200-metres, but it’s not,” O’Brien told racingnetwork this morning.
Badabing Badaboom has drawn barrier one with Craig Newitt to ride in the first race on the card, the $80,000 Nursery Plate (1100m), and O’Brien says this may be her only run this preparation.
“This may be the only run she has before we give her another break.
"Like I say, she needs ground and her time will come in the Spring,” he said.
By champion sire Encosta De Lago out of the Groom Dancer (by Blushing Groom) mare Bruges, Badabing Badaboom is certainly bred to run a trip and that’s the long-term plan with this filly.
O’Brien also says The New Boy has a genuine and over-due chance in Saturday’s $100,000 Craftsman Handicap (1720m).
Again, O’Brien has booked Craig Newitt to ride the consistent son of Rock Of Gibraltar, who has drawn perfectly in barrier six in one of the feature races on the Flemington card.