By Brad Gray
Global Glamour heads a strong field in the Group Two TAB Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) and although the two-time Group One winner is a query coming back in trip, she’s pitched in under the set weight conditions.
“There is always a small element of doubt that it’s not her ideal trip but you’d like to think her class will take her a long way, not to mention the race fitness,” said co-trainer Adrian Bott.
“We know the mile is her optimum trip. She is a quality filly though and can overcome that.”
“She has come back from Queensland in great order and dropping back to 1200m we’ve kept her fresh. She is in good nick and hasn’t taken any harm from that trip up north. She has a couple of runs under her belt now and is a fit horse.”
The Star Witness filly is extremely well in under the race conditions. To give you some idea, if it were a handicap she’d be giving the next highest rated horse, Foxplay, upwards of 8kg and Spright upwards of 10kg.
The autumn preparation for Global Glamour will see her run in the Surround Stakes, Coolmore Stud Classic and Queen Of The Turf. So what about the Doncaster Mile, for which she holds a nomination?
“Potentially. We’re leaving all options open but the most likely scenario is the fillies and mares races.”
Relive Global Glamour's Group One Flight Stakes victory
Maiden winner Long Time Ago joins her stablemate in the Light Fingers with the Waterhouse and Bott yard eyeing off staying features over the autumn.
“We think quite a lot of this filly hence why she is thrown in the deep end.”
“This looks a natural path for her to go through the fillies series and we’ll see her get over a bit of a trip. Hopefully she’ll develop into an Oaks filly.”
Long Time Ago's maiden win over a subsequent city winner
One of the more interesting runners on the Randwick card is Savvy Nature who returns to Australia after a Hong Kong stint. He placed in the Group One Champion Stakes behind Complacent and Criterion as a three-year-old when under the care of John O’Shea.
“We’re still learning about this horse. He’s an older horse now and he had a few quirks in Hong Kong but his form reads well before going away.”
“We’ll get a good line on where he is at and potentially where we can get him to over the carnival.” Ecuador will line up in Caulfield’s Group One Orr Stakes having returned in terrific order this campaign winning two straight.
“It’s a difficult task but he has performed well at Group One level before and we think he is going as well as ever so he should be right in the mix.”
“He’s done well since going down and has a little bit of fitness on some of the horses resuming.”
Stable star English is nearing a return and right on track to defend her Challenge Stakes title.
“She’ll have another trial before she resumes. Autumn has always been her go so hopefully we see the best of her this time around.”
Meanwhile, punters will have to wait a little longer to see Woman (Frankel x More Joyous) debut with the filly sent for a spell.
“She has got a lovely big frame. She needs to furnish out and develop a bit more but what we saw from this preparation was just pure, natural ability.”