Late-entry fee an easy decision? Absolutely

DANNY O'Brien has two good chances to win his first Caulfield Cup on Saturday, but the Flemington trainer suspects he could snare a Caulfield group 1 race before that in Wednesday's $500,000 Thousand Guineas.

O'Brien confirmed yesterday that the owners of Snowland filly Absolut Glam had paid a $27,500 late-entry fee into the classic on the strength of her eye-catching third in the Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington earlier this month.

"It (late entry) wasn't a hard decision to make because she's a lovely filly, as her name suggests, and she just had no luck the other day in a race that is a reliable pointer to the Guineas," O'Brien said. Indeed, such was her performance at Flemington that Absolut Glam has been installed as $5 favourite for the 1600-metre Thousand Guineas despite her only win coming at her debut on August 12 in a Seymour maiden.

O'Brien, who will saddle Douro Valley and Master O'Reilly in the Caulfield Cup, said Absolut Glam had not raced or even been named when nominations for the Thousand Guineas closed in late August.

"At that stage, she was showing us quite a bit but it's a fair jump from showing potential to being a Thousand Guineas filly in just a few months, so she wasn't among the entries," he said. "But in all four runs to date, she's improved and I'm sure she's come on again since the Manifold, so I'm expecting her to be right there on Wednesday."

O'Brien, who also has a share in the filly, said he went to $150,000 to secure her at the 2006 Magic Millions sale on the Gold Coast.

by Andrew Eddy - The Age

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