Glamour girl set for Sangster

Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien is brimming with confidence he can bring up his second win on end in the Group 1 Sangster Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday.

O'Brien, who won the race last year with Juste Momente, saddles up pre-post favourite Absolut Glam, who heads to Adelaide with superb form over the last 12 months.

Through last autumn the mare was in excellent touch, but it took until her last run of the winter carnival for a deserved success at the top level, winning the Group 1 Winter Stakes at Eagle Farm.

In the spring she raced only twice, when a narrow second in both the Group 1 Manikato Stakes and Group 2 Blazer Stakes.

And although missing the placings first-up this time in, Absolut Glam has returned in great order and looks set for a big campaign.

She kicked off as the only mare in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap, where her chances were dealt a major blow before the start, drawing the wrong side of the track.

After settling near last she hit the line hard to finish seventh, beaten three lengths, behind Scenic Blast.

“She drew the wrong side and really couldn't have won from there the way the race was going to be run,” O'Brien said. “Her run was full of merit under the circumstances and you'd think it's pretty good form for the Sangster.

“She's much better than last year's winner Juste Momente. She's a high class mare and is already proven at Group 1 level.

“She's drawn well and on her form should go pretty close.”

O'Brien said following Saturday's Group 1 races for fillies and mares in Adelaide she will be freshened before returning to Brisbane for the winter carnival, where her targets will be the Stradbroke Handicap and Winter Stakes again.

In last year's Stradbroke she was a half length fourth before scoring a deserved win in the Winter Stakes.

In the other Group 1 feature at Morphettville on Saturday, the Schweppes Oaks (2000m), O'Brien's chances of securing his first win in the race rest with Miss Lily Rose.

The Red Ransom filly was well held by pre-post favourite Gallica when seventh in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes at Flemington but would improve sharply on the run.

“Whether she can turn the tables on Gallica is debatable but she is much fitter and the extra distance will be in her favour.

“After Saturday she'll go to the South Australian Oaks (2600m) and that journey will suit her even more.

Absolut Glam has drawn barrier two and will be ridden by Steven Arnold. She is the $5.00 favourite with Sportingbet.

In the Schweppes Oaks Miss Lily Rose is a $51.00 chance where she will be also partnered by Arnold, this time from barrier 10.

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