Glam-girl by­passes Fu­tu­rity

The Sportsman Special Issue - - 2 - By MARK RYAN

PILLAROfHer­cules will be the sole three-year-old to con­test Satur­day’s Fu­tu­rity Stakes at Caulfield with­Danny O’Brien to by­pass the GroupOneevent with tal­ented filly Ab­so­lut Glam.

O’Brien said he had kept his op­tions open by nom­i­nat­ing Ab­so­lut Glam­for the $700,000 weight-for-age 1600m fea­ture which is the first leg of the 2008 Asian Mile Chal­lenge.

I put her in as an op­tion, but she­won’t run. Her next run will be in theKewneyS­takes on Satur­day week,’’ O’Brien said of the Snow­land filly whois un­beaten in her two runs so far this prepa­ra­tion.

PillarOfHer­cules, who is trained by Peter Moody, wontwo races last spring in­clud­ing the Nor­manRobin­son Stakes (2000m) on his home­track at Caulfield af­ter which con­tro­versy over his own­er­ship arose.

He­was sold for $1.8 mil­lion at a hasti­ly­con­vened auction brought on by a po­lice investigation which led of­fi­cers from the anti­gang­land Pu­rana Task Force to ob­tain a re­strain­ing or­der over PillarOfHer­cules.

Theyal­leged Horty Mok­bel, a brother of drug lordTonyMok­bel, se­cretly owned 75 per cent of the horse.

PillarOfHer­cules, be­gan hisautumn cam­paign with an en­cour­ag­ing sec­ond to Turf­fontein in the Welling­ton Racing Club Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Fe­bru­ary 9.

Three-year-olds have won­the Fu­tu­rity seven times in the past 11 years, the last to do so be­ing the un­beaten Re­set in 2004.

Moodyalso nom­i­nated six-year-old­mareCinque Cen­towhowon­the List­edJRAS­takes (1200m) at the cor­re­spond­ing meet­ing last year.

Cinque Cento re­sumed from a spell run­ning 11th be­hind the Mick Price­trained Shinzig, whow­ill also run in the Fu­tu­rity, but was beaten just over three lengths.

Miss Fin­land will be out to break her los­ing se­quence of six over the more suit­able dis­tance of the Fu­tu­rity af­ter be­ing un­placed in two sprint out­ings so far this cam­paign.

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