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Joseph O'Brien: State of Rest set for big run on busy weekend

Betfair Ambassador Joseph O'Brien
Joseph has runners in Australia, England and Ireland this weekend

Betfair Ambassador Joseph O'Brien discusses his weekend runners with an early Saturday start Down Under followed by runners at Doncaster, Galway and Leopardstown and a couple on Sunday...

"State Of Rest has a progressive profile and ran a stormer to finish a close third in the Champagne Stakes at this track last month."

14:55 – State Of Rest

Saturday runners

Moonee Valley, Australia

Big price but you never know

06:15 - Buckhurst

We are delighted that Buckhurst has got into the Cox Plate as a reserve. He ran a solid race to finish seventh in the Caulfield Cup last weekend and the return to this shorter trip shouldn't be a problem for him. He isn't as well drawn as he was last week and this unique track isn't a good place to get caught wide around. He is likely to be a big price, but if he gets a nice spin through the race, you never know.

Galway

Good place to start

14:47 - Triplicate

Triplicate took time to get the hang of chasing last season, but he was jumping better by the end of the season and can hopefully put that experience to good use this season. This looks a nice starting point for what will hopefully be a good season for him.

Doncaster

Entitled to be in the mix

14:55 - State Of Rest

State Of Rest has a progressive profile and ran a stormer to finish a close third in the Champagne Stakes at this track last month. The way he shaped there suggests that he will stay this longer trip and an ease in the ground shouldn't inconvenience him too much. That form entitles him to be in the mix and we are hopeful of seeing a big run from him.

Leopardstown

Two promising fillies

13:20 - Albedo and Jo March

Albedo is a nice filly that is bred to stay at least a mile-and-a-quarter next season. We'll be hoping she shows some promise for the future.

Jo March is a more speedily-bred filly and has shown some promise at home. We won't burden her with big expectations on her debut and hopefully she'll run a promising race with a view to the future.

Sheer Chance aiming to bounce back

14:29 - Dense Star and Sheer Chance

Dense Star is dropping in class here after contesting stakes races since winning a maiden last month. She has to prove her stamina for this longer trip, but I'd be hopeful she'll stay.

Sheer Chance comes in with a far less exposed profile than Dense Star. She has shaped with promise a couple of times, but was disappointing on her latest start. Hopefully she can bounce back with a big run in this.

High hopes for trio

16:14 - Raise You, Numerian and Pugin

Raise You disappointed us on his first start for us in June, but showed more promise at the Curragh last time. The hope will be that he can build on that and get back to something like his best form.

Numerian has been acquitting himself well all season look in stakes company and can be excused his most recent effort in the Northfields Handicap at the Curragh on Irish Champions Weekend as he met with significant interference that cost him his winning chance. This course and distance will suit him well and I'd be expecting a good run from him.

Pugin faces a tough task at this level, but will relish the soft ground and will hopefully run a good race.

Hoping for more improvement

16:49 - Nordic Aurora

Nordic Aurora ran his best race yet on his latest start and should find it a bit easier in handicap company. Hopefully he can continue his progression and run a big race in this.

Sunday runners

Longchamp, France

13:00 - Baron Samedi

Baron Samedi has been a revelation in the last few months, winning four handicaps in a row and improving 40lb. This obviously represents a big step up in class for him, but we think it's worth a shot. Testing ground won't be a problem for him and hitting the frame would be a great result for him.

Winnable race for a horse in form

13:15 - Speak Easy

Speak Easy is a horse we've always really liked and he shaped very well without winning over fences last season. That experience should stand to him and I'd be hopeful he will have a good season. This looks a winnable race for a horse with his form.

Capable of competing

Galway 13:50 - Konitho

Konitho has shown promise in recent starts over fences and will be helped by this entrance into handicap company. This longer trip could well suit him and he is capable of competing off this sort of mark.

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