O'Brien renews family ties

Trainer Danny O'Brien is looking to continue his good fortune with Centaine broodmare Gio when he saddles her three-year-old daughter Glam Slam for her Australian debut in the Cox Handicap tomorrow at Flemington.

O'Brien trained Gio's stakes-winning daughter Crepe De Chine (pictured) who, like Glam Slam, was also by leading sire Pins. He also won two Melbourne races with Gio's O'Reilly daughter Code Black.

Glam Slam was purchased at the NZ Premier sales by Waikato Stud's Gary Chittick in 2006 for $230,000 and has shown ability over sprint trips.

"She's lightly raced but she's shown she's got the ability to measure up to the black-type races over here," O'Brien said. "Saturday is a good starting point for her and will give us a good guide on whether she'll be ready for those better races in the spring."

Last year, O'Brien paid $300,000 for the latest foal out of Gio — a colt by Cox Plate winner Savabeel. "He's had a few trials and looks to be a nice colt, but he won't go to the races until later this year," he said.

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