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