topsport podcast episode 8, caulfield stakes, danny o'brien

Trainer Danny O’Brien has a heap of big-race wins to his name, including the big three of the Spring Carnival: the Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup. We chat to him about his chances in this spring’s big races, including Russian Camelot in the Cox Plate. We also ask Danny about the day-to-day realities of managing a large stable and a large team across multiple locations.

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Champion trainer Danny O’Brien

Our discussion with Danny covers:

  • Russian Camelot… how is he going in the leadup to the Cox Plate? What did O’Brien make of the second-placing behind Arcadia Queen in the Caulfield Stakes?
  • The impact of the race shape in the Caulfield Stakes
  • Plans for Russian Camelot beyond the Cox Plate.. Melbourne Cup?
  • How is Vow And Declare going at the moment? The disappointing performance in the Caulfield Cup and how he can be sharpened up for the Melbourne Cup
  • How is Miami Bound travelling?
  • King Of Leogrance – heading to the Geelong Cup on Wednesday
  • O’Brien Racing has multiple locations – boxes at Flemington and Geelong, plus a private training facility at Thirteenth Beach. How does he manage his time between them, and what does a typical week look like?
  • What the property at Thirteenth Beach allows the training operation to do
  • O’Brien’s record in big races, having won the Cox Plate (Shamus Award), Caulfield Cup (Master O’Reilly) and Melbourne Cup (Vow And Declare). Is any particular one more satisfying
  • Winning the Melbourne Cup: the experience
  • Are big race wins necessarily more satisfying?
  • How do you split your time as the head trainer of a big operation?
  • What’s the most crucial factor when it comes to winning the Melbourne Cup?
  • Bouncing back from an off-track legal battle – how the operation has recovered and achieved great results

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