Absolut no luck in Manikato

Star mare Absolut Glam came within a nose of posting back-to-back Group 1 victories when beaten in the Manikato Stakes on Saturday at MooneeValley.

The first Group 1 of the season was won by Sydney raider Typhoon Zed who held out the Snowland mare by the barest of margins with Kaphero not far away in third.

Clearly, Absolut Glam, sweating for a run for the first 100m of the straight, should have the won the opening Group 1 race of the season. The mare surged when an opening appeared, but simply ran out of ground to catch the winner.

Trainer Danny O'Brien was philosophical about the latest hard-luck chapter in a career that has seen Absolut Glam beaten half-a-length in the Group 1 Stradbroke, the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes and Kewney Stakes.

"We always knew when we drew that barrier (2) that we were going to need luck," O'Brien said.

"She was humming on the home turn, but she was just held up too long. She just needed to get out and she wins being eased up.

"She's a very, very good mare who has had no luck throughout her career."

Absolut Glam will head to a Group 2 mares races at Flemington on Turnbull Stakes day before taking aim at either the Myer Classic or Emirates Stakes.

By Adrian Dunn

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