Glam­ourous op­tion

Ru­per t clash can wait as Gai’s star filly warms up for Mil­lions

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By RAY HICK­SON

This race is a very winnable race and she will give it a great shake be­cause she is a very good filly – Gai Water­house

TRAINER Gai Water­house sees no rea­son to take on a rac­e­fit Win­ning Ru­pert with star filly Global Glam­our un­til next month’s Magic Mil­lions.

The two draw­card three­year-olds will tackle sep­a­rate races at Eagle Farm to­mor­row with Water­house pre­fer­ring the Listed $100,000 Nudgee Qual­ity (1200m) for the Flight Stakes and Thou­sand Guineas win­ner.

“It’s a lovely race for her,” Water­house said.

“A lot of peo­ple thought we would have gone to the three-year-old race but (co­trainer) Adrian (Bott) and my ad­vice to the own­ers was go to the 1200m be­cause that’s where she is in her prepa­ra­tion.”

The un­beaten Win­ning Ru­pert will com­plete his prepa­ra­tion for the $2m Magic Mil­lions Guineas (1400m) as a short priced favourite in the Vo Rogue Plate (1300m).

Global Glam­our has had just one 735m trial since her Thou­sand Guineas win back in Oc­to­ber which is part of the rea­son why they elected to not take on Win­ning Ru­pert yet.

The Bjorn Baker-trained colt is the $2.30 favourite ahead of Global Glam­our ($4).

“The other horse is up and fit and her goal Magic Mil­lions day,” Water­house said.

“This race is a very winnable and she will give it a great shake be­cause she is very good filly.

“She comes to hand quite quickly and she’s ready to rock roll.”

The filly will have to give weight to the ma­jor­ity of the field but as Water­house pointed out she has earned

59.5kg even though she has to take on older mares.

Only Group 1 Tat­ter­sall’s Tiara win­ner Miss Cover Girl sits above her in the weights with 60.5kg.

“I never worry much about heavy weights, that’s what they train in ev­ery day of the week,” she said.

“You don’t be­come a mul­ti­ple Group 1 win­ner un­less you are very good. She beat the best fil­lies in NSW and Vic­to­ria within a week.”

Water­house ex­pects im­pres­sive de­but win­ner De­bonairly to an­nounce her­self as a se­ri­ous Magic Mil­lions Clas­sic contender in the Group 3 $200,000 Li­ly­vale Stud B.J. McLach­lan Stakes (1200m).

De­bonairly made a mess of her ri­vals at her first out­ing, lead­ing all the way to a 4-¼ length win back on De­cem­ber 14.

“She’s a very spe­cial filly and I think she is right up to win­ning this race,” Water­house said. “Her win at War­wick Farm was ex­cep­tional and she’s done very well up in Queens­land.

“She’s well above av­er­age and I think she’s the real deal. She’ll come right into cal­cu­la­tions for Magic Mil­lions.”

Water­house has won four Magic Mil­lions for the twoyear-olds with As­sertive Lad (2000), Ex­celler­a­tor (2001), Dance Hero (2004) and Drie­fontein (on protest over sta­ble­mate No Look­ing Back in 2012) tak­ing out the Gold Coast fea­ture.

Un­en­cum­bered was the last horse to claim McLach­lan Stakes-Magic Mil­lions dou­ble back in 2014.

Wy­ong Magic Mil­lions win­ner Madeenaty holds TAB favouritism at $6 ahead of the Water­house-trained In­vin­ci­ble Star ($8) while De­bonairly is cur­rently a $13 chance.

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