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Shamexpress set to step up

By Neale Donnelley TVN Friday, January 18, 2013 - 10:18 AM

He’s only had seven starts and won one race, but Shamexpress is a good horse waiting to happen according to master Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien.

Not one to shoot his mouth off, O'Brien is reserved about most things, particularly the horses he trains, but he has no trouble coming forward and telling you Shamexpress is potentially the star of his Flemington stable.

“He has the ability and he’s shown it on the track to be right up there with the best I’ve got,” O’Brien told racingnetwork.

Shamexpress, a son of champion New Zealand sire O’Reilly, gave a hint of the ability O’Brien talks about when he flashed home to run third, beaten just over a length, to Nechita in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, at Flemington on Derby Day.

“He could have won that day had things gone his way early, but they didn’t.

"He’s our Australian Guineas horse this autumn and he’s good enough to be very competitive,” he added.

O’Brien also believes he has a genuine Australian Cup contender in former French galloper Prairie Star.

“I thought he did a good job when we had to hurry his prep a bit in the Spring, but he’s really come on since he’s had a break and I think he’s a real hope in a race like the Australian Cup,” O’Brien said.

Prairie Star hasn't raced since running a creditable fourth in the $1 million Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day.


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