O'Brien relies on Glam first-up effort

Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien hopes four-year-old mare Absolut Glam can begin this preparation in the same manner she finished her last - with a Group 1 win.


Absolut Glam returns to racing on Saturday in the 1200m Manikato Stakes at MooneeValley. 


"She's a Group 1 winner in a Group 1 race, so she's proven she's up to this level. She always runs well fresh and will be more than competitive," O'Brien said.


The four-year-old recorded her and jockey James Winks' first win at the highest level at her last start when she won the Winter Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm in June beating Fritz's Princess, Alverta and last year's Manikato runner-up Vormista.


"She's a lovely mare and she's in good order. We're very pleased with her. She's come back from Brisbane in good order and she's matured into a lovely mare," O'Brien said.


"She's got a good fresh record and is a high quality mare, so she's a live chance on Saturday for sure."


Winks retains the mount on Absolut Glam, who is unbeaten in two first-up starts and has a win and a second to her credit from two appearances at the Valley, her win coming in the Group Two Hollylodge Thoroughbred Classic (1500m) in February.


Absolut Glam's spring carnival targets are the two 1600m Group 1 races at Flemington: the Myer Classic and the Emirates Stakes.


O'Brien said his four stayers who raced at Flemington on Saturday had all pulled up well.


"I was happy with Gallopin and Master O'Reilly. I think Lords Ransom's performance was an aberration as he's in great order. I was also pleased with Alexander Of Hales' effort," O'Brien said.


He said the quartet would resume at Caulfield on Saturday week. Master O'Reilly will run in the Underwood Stakes, Lords Ransom and Gallopin in the Naturalism Stakes and Alexander Of Hales in the Rupert Clarke.


By Michael Manley and AAP


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