Glam Guru has a Mel­bourne goal


HALL Of Fame trainer Leon Macdonald will take ex­cit­ing filly Glam Guru back to Mel­bourne af­ter she made it con­sec­u­tive Ade­laide wins at Mor­phettville yes­ter­day.

The three-year-old, who fin­ished down the track at Flem­ing­ton back in March, could not have been more im­pres­sive lead­ing through­out for a soft 4.5 length win.

Macdonald said they made the de­ci­sion to take chance out of the equa­tion pre-race by rid­ing the filly for­ward in the small six-horse field.

“It was a lit­tle worry with no pace in the race but we de­cided that she was the best horse in the race - she had to make it for her­self,’’ Macdonald said.

Macdonald said while Glam Guru still had a long way to go he was en­cour­aged by the im­pres­sive per­for­mance of Ade­laide young­sters Split Lip and Eclair Sun­shine who were both nar­rowly beaten at Flem­ing­ton in Mel­bourne.

“She’s still got to prove it; when you look at the Ade­laide form in Mel­bourne to­day, she’s prob­a­bly up there with those horses, so we’ll give her a shot.

“She’ll go to the Guineas Pre­lude.’’

MEAN­WHILE, in-form trainer Will Clarken is also look­ing to­wards Mel­bourne with ex­cit­ing for­mer New South Wales gal­loper Steel Frost.

The lightly-raced five-yearold set­tled back on a good speed be­fore over­pow­er­ing ri­vals to score im­pres­sively by more than 3-1/2 lengths, his sec­ond win from as many starts in South Aus­tralia.

“He’s a nice horse go­ing some­where,’’ Clarken said.

“I haven’t had a horse train on from his first start to his sec­ond start like this horse has, he’s just thrived in the sta­ble.

“I re­ally think he would have been hard to beat in the Balaklava Cup.

“There are a cou­ple of op­tions for him, there is a race at Moonee Val­ley on Cox Plate eve, but we’ll just let the dust set­tle and go from there.’’

Jockey Todd Pan­nell said Steel Frost thrived on a solid tempo up front be­fore cut­ting down his ri­vals with rel­a­tive ease.

“He re­ally let down to­day,’’ Pan­nell said.

“I was happy with the speed in the race. He was never out of his rhythm and he was al­ways go­ing to let down nice.’’


IM­PRES­SIVE: Glam Guru will get an­other chance in Mel­bourne af­ter a win at Mor­phettville.

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