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O'Brien Named Plusvital Ambassador
Irish equine science company Plusvital has announced that top Australian trainer Danny O'Brien will act as an official brand ambassador for the company's innovative genetic tests for thoroughbred horses. The purpose of Plusvital's genetic testing is to provide objective, scientific information to support breeding, training and race entry decisions. For years, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate-winning trainer O'Brien has employed a more scientific approach to training by testing the genetics of his horses to ascertain their optimal race distances. O'Brien cited Cox Plate winner Shamus Award as a prime example. "While given Shamus Award was a Snitzel colt you would have thought he would probably be a precocious sprinting horse, but he came back as a C:T (middle distance type), so that made it easy to target him at the Caulfield Guineas and then the Cox Plate as a three-year-old," he explained. "We are thrilled to welcome someone with Danny's outstanding record of success on board as a Plusvital brand ambassador," said Plusvital CEO Mike Shelly. The most high-profile recent example of the use of Plusvital's genetic testing for a horse in training was the decision last summer to withdraw English 2000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold from the Epsom Derby following confirmation that he had tested as a C:C sprint type as per the Speed Gene Test.