Glam-girl bypasses Futurity
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.