Vow And Declare

Vow And Declare (Image: Racing Photos)

'Super' Vow And Declare set for Anzac Day

Trainer Danny O'Brien says Vow And Declare is 'super' ahead of Saturday's Anzac Day meeting at Flemington.

The 2019 Melbourne Cup winner will contest the $108,000 William Newton VC Handicap (2600m), stepping back from Group 1 level to a quality handicap.

O'Brien said he couldn't be happier with Vow And Declare, who will carry 61kg with Craig Williams on board from barrier three.

"He is super. Again, he gets the opportunity to run at Flemington in a suitable race," O'Brien said.

"It's a quality handicap so the maximum top weight of 61kg gives him his opportunity at the handicaps to hopefully get his first win back at Flemington since Melbourne Cup Day."

The star four-year-old was well beaten in the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes last start, but O'Brien said the horse did have excuses.

"It obviously wasn't flattering, but I think there was enough excuses," he said.

"He ran a little bit fresh, he was up outside the leader which wasn't in our plan. We were hoping he would be midfield and closing.

"He was up on the speed on a Heavy 8 and he just got found out."

Rising star Russian Camelot will also have his last hit-out before the G1 South Australian Derby in the $108,000 Flt Lt Peter Armytage Handicap (1700m).

Russian Camelot blew his opposition away at Pakenham last start, putting away any doubts over his barrier manners after he was scratched at the gates at what was meant to be his second-up run and missed the kick first-up.

Regular jockey Damien Oliver takes the ride from barrier 13 at Flemington before John Allen takes over for the Derby.

"We were keen to run him one more time before the Derby and it's a nice three-year-old race at Flemington on the home track," O'Brien said.

"Obviously Damien Oliver can ride him in that race as well, so it looks an ideal way to round out his prep before the Derby."

O'Brien will also have talented former New Zealander Run To Perfect make his debut for the stable.

The three-year-old colt has run well behind G1 star Catalyst and G2 winner Harlech in New Zealand.

"He was sent across to us six or seven weeks ago just after his last run in New Zealand to further his three-year-old career in Australia," O'Brien said.

"Obviously the timing has been immaculate given racing was shut down soon after. He has good form in NZ, we've given him a couple of jumpouts."