Rodd teams up with Glam

Gun Group 1 jockey Michael Rodd will join forces with trainer Danny O’Brien this weekend as the pair tackles the BTC Cup with star mare Absolut Glam.

The Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup winning jockey will team with the Snowland four-year-old for the first time in the 1200m Doomben feature on Saturday.

“It’s exciting to have Michael riding her as his big race record is tremendous,” O’Brien said.

Although, O’Brien added that Rodd would need to be at his best on Saturday given his horse’s tricky inside draw.

“She does sit off the speed in her races so it will be up to Michael to give her every possible chance by finding room at the right time,” O’Brien said.

Absolut Glam has a strong affinity with the Queensland winter carnival after winning the Group 1 Winter Stakes last year.

“She loves coming up north and with bit more luck in her racing she could have a couple more feature race wins on her record as well.”

O’Brien was referring to the mare finishing fourth in last year’s Stradbroke Handicap after jumping from barrier 17 and also her luckless nose defeat in the Group 1 Manikato at Moonee Valley after she was held up for a run at a crucial time.

“Her gallop here on Tuesday was excellent and even though this is a hot field we are expecting her to run well on Saturday,” O’Brien said.

It will be a big day in the sunshine state for the Flemington trainer on Saturday at Doomben as he will saddle three runners.

Ballack will be second-up in the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap, while talented three-year-old Keano will take on the older horses in the Doomben Dash over 1100m.

Group 1 BTC Cup at Doomben over 1200m

1. Apache Cat (4) Damien Oliver 58.5

2. Sniper’s Bullet (1) Michael Cahill 58.5

3. Mr Baritone (10) Jim Byrne 58.5

4. Swiss Ace (5) Ken Pope 58.5

5. Black Ink (9) Shane Scriven 58.5

6. Something Anything (7) Jim Cassidy 58.5

7. Solo Flyer (8) Corey Brown 58.5

8. Bank Robber (2) Blake Shinn 58.5

9. Duporth (6) Luke Nolen 57

10. Absolut Glam (3) Michael Rodd 56.5

Photo by Trackside Photography

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