Newn­ham ‘couldn’t be hap­pier’ with his Glam­orous grey

The Sportsman Weekend - - NEWS - ADAM SHERRY

SYD­NEY trainer Mark Newn­ham is look­ing for­ward to ex­cit­ing filly Greysful Glam­our step­ping up the 2000m for the first time in to­mor­row’s Group 3 Ethe­real Stakes at Caulfield as her fi­nal lead-up to next month’s Group 1 Kennedy Oaks.

The grey daugh­ter of Stra­tum was a dom­i­nant win­ner of the Kennedy Oaks Trial at Flem­ing­ton last start where she cruised to a three and a quar­ter length win.

“She was fan­tas­tic in win­ning the Oaks trial,” Newn­ham said. “I think she just ap­pre­ci­ated the step up to 1800m and I’m sure go­ing to 2000m to­mor­row will be more ad­van­ta­geous to her.

“If I have one query, it’s that Syd­ney horses hav­ing their first run at Caulfield can find the track a lit­tle tricky but with her rac­ing man­ners and rac­ing style, I wouldn’t think it’s go­ing to be a prob­lem.

“She had a start in that di­rec­tion and did it well so I’m happy enough her. She’s pre­pared well, I can’t knock her prepa­ra­tion. couldn’t have any bet­ter so it’s up to now.”

Greysful Glam­our tuned up for to­mor­row’s as­sign­ment with a strong bar­rier trial on her home track last week and topped off her prepa­ra­tion with a strong work­out on Tues­day morn­ing.

“I couldn’t be hap­pier with her,” he said. “I feel that was the best she has ever tri­alled last week and I was re­ally pleased with her gal­lop on Tues­day morn­ing.

“I would be dis­ap­pointed if she wasn’t right in the fin­ish to­mor­row.”

While the longer dis­tances, es­pe­cially the 2500m of the Oaks, are a query for the three-year-olds in spring, Newn­ham be­lieves Greysful Glam­our has the right tem­per­a­ment, breed­ing and has had the right ground­ing to ex­cel.

“I think for these early three-year-olds, get­ting to the 2500m trip of the Oaks is pretty test­ing,” he said.

“The thing she has in her favour, and I think you will find with most of the Oaks win­ners, is that they have had a solid two-year-old prepa­ra­tion. I think it just tough­ens them up to get that trip.

“They have got race ex­pe­ri­ence and a lit­tle bit of tough­ness un­der their belt com­pared to filly try­ing to get there in her first prepa­ra­tion.”

“From the time she came in this prepa­ra­tion, the Oaks has been her aim.”

“Her pedi­gree and tem­per­a­ment gives me con­fi­dence she will run it (2500m) and run it out well.”

“She’s pre­pared well, I can’t knock her prepa­ra­tion. I couldn’t have her any bet­ter so it’s up to her now.” MARK NEWN­HAM

Trainer Mark Newn­ham has Greysful Glam­our in good or­der for the Ethe­real Stakes.

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