Need New Friends

Need New Friends (Image: Racing Photos)

Guineas entrants ready for Flemington

Danny O'Brien's Magic Millions Guineas entrants will both race at Flemington on Saturday, the pair striving to atone for last-start seconds.

Can't Be Done was runner-up, beaten three lengths by Tycoon Bella, in the $175,000 VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) at Ballarat on November 23. The gelded son of All Too Hard drops to 1200 metres to contest a three-year-old Benchmark 70 handicap this weekend.

"We were happy with his run last start, we think he ran into a pretty good horse (Tycoon Bella)," said O'Brien's assistant trainer Ben Gleeson.

"Although he was a query at the distance, he still ran well. Dropping back to 1200 metres and down the Flemington straight I think he's very much suited.

"He is a horse that we send back to Barwon Heads (O'Brien's private training property) between runs and he really thrives in that environment. He came back to Flemington on Monday and he looks terrific."

Can't Be Done has raced seven times for two wins and four seconds, both his victories coming in his first campaign as a late-season two-year-old.

Meanwhile, Need New Friends extends back to 1400m against fillies at Benchmark 70 level after suffering a narrow loss to Gimme The Goss over 1200m at The Valley on December 6.

"Her head was in front before the line and after the line - we thought she was the winner and she was a bit stiff not to get there. They got away from the rest of the field," Gleeson said.

Need New Friends has raced four times, winning her maiden over 1200m on debut at Kyneton on September 20 before finishing just outside the placings in strong three-year-old races over 1400m in October.

"She's a filly with a lot of upside, she's just got to learn how to put her races away," Gleeson added.

"She's coming on with her racing manners each start so when she learns to settle and compose herself, I think we'll see a more furnished filly as we step up in distance and release the turn of foot she has."

The daughter of Shamus Award, who was trained by O'Brien to win the 2013 Cox Plate, was purchased for $30,000 from the Magic Millions National yearling sale and is part-owned by a ladies syndicate including O'Brien's wife, Nina, and Rianna Ponting, wife of former Australia cricketer Ricky Ponting.

The $2 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m), restricted to three-year-olds, will be held at the Gold Coast on January 11. O'Brien's most recent runner in the race was future G1 winner Absolut Glam, who finished third to Heart Of The Citi in 2008.