O'Shea hopes are high

Everything right: Gypsy Diamond tackles the group1 Queen Of The Turf at Randwick on Saturday. Photo: Anthony Johnson
Everything right: Gypsy Diamond tackles the group1 Queen Of The Turf at Randwick on Saturday. Photo: Anthony Johnson

John O'Shea would love to finish his time as a public trainer with a group 1 win with Gypsy Diamond in the Queen Of The Turf at Randwick on Saturday.

The man who will walk in and take over the Darley operation at the Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting on May 3 would take great pleasure in delivering a group 1 to long-time client Ron FInemore.

"It is probably my last group 1 runner [as a public trainer] and to have it for them is a great way to go out," O'Shea said. "It would be perfect if she could win it because they have not only supported me for a long time but we've become great friends."

Gypsy Diamond gets her chance at a group 1 Randwick mile, which she missed out on last week when she failed to get a run in the Doncaster as an emergency. Instead, the Not A Single Doubt filly gave weight and a lesson to the colts in the Carbine Club Stakes.

"The way she went I think she would have split up the [Chris] Waller first four in the Doncaster,'' O'Shea said ''We knew she was going well and she just confirmed that, and then came home and did everything right.

"Going on that she should be very competitive in this race because it is not a Doncaster. It is a very strong weight-for-age race but I think she is up with these really good mares."

Gypsy Diamond ran fourth in the VRC Oaks in the spring, but O'Shea had chose to keep her to a mile during the autumn. She was runner-up in the Light FIngers Stakes and fourth in the Surround Stakes before never getting into the Coolmore Classic, but it was that run that gave O'Shea confidence.

"Look at the horses she finished around that were all back in the field in a leader-dominate race, Lucia Valentina – that won the Vinery, and Royal Descent – that nearly won the Doncaster," he said. "It wasn't that bad of an effort and it is a great form race."

Catkins, which was on the speed and ran third in the Coolmore Classic before an easy win in the Emancipation Stakes, is the $2.80 Ladbrokes favourite ahead of stablemate Red Tracer at $4.

The Chris Waller pair quinellaed the Myer Classic during the spring when they controlled the tempo from the front. The three-year-olds Solicit, which was runner-up in the Vinery Stud Stakes, and Gypsy Diamond are next in betting at $6 and $6.50 respectively.

"I think Solicit should ensure a good speed, which will be good for Gypsy Diamond because she is strong and tough and will run the mile right out," O'Shea said.

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