Tradition continues

Danny O'Brien's affair with the progeny of New Zealand bred broodmare Gio continued yesterday as lightly raced filly Glam Slam claimed her first black type success in the listed AR Creswick Stakes (1200 metres) at Flemington.

Gio, by Centaine, has been a sensational broodmare for owner-breeder Gary Chittick's Waikato Stud, and of her seven foals to make the racetrack, six have won. Three have been successful in stakes grade with Glam Slam yesterday joining half-brother Arenti, who contested a Winter Championship heat yesterday and sister Crepe De Chine as black type performers.

While Chittick has enjoyed much success with the offspring of Gio, he has also reaped the rewards of a long association with O'Brien. Two-time group 1-winning sprinter Glamour Puss and group 3 winners Breezy and Splashing Out were other Chittick-owned stakes-winning fillies to have raced for O'Brien.

"We've obviously had a strong association with Gary and Waikato for a while now," said O'Brien's foreman Gino Mata.

Glam Slam made her Australian debut last weekend at Flemington and was beaten despite being backed into favouritism.

"She hadn't raced in about five weeks and their first look at the straight can throw them a bit as well," Mata said.

"Today she got weight off the boys and with that experience down the straight on the back-up and rock-hard fit, everything pointed to a good run."

Punters obviously weren't deterred by last week's defeat and backed Glam Slam into $4.60 favouritism. This time she rewarded them with a hard-fought victory, defeating pacemaker Gold In Dubai ($5) by a neck with half a length to the consistent Trustus ($5) in third place.

With a perfect strike rate with the progeny of Gio, O'Brien hit the New Zealand Premier Sale to buy the latest in the line of this great family, a colt by Cox Plate winner Savabeel.

O'Brien had to go to $300,000 to secure the youngster, now named Savaging, and punters could do worse than jot down the name for future reference.

In the meantime, O'Brien and Chittick will plot the next chapter in Glam Slam's promising career. Mata suggested that the spelling paddock would be the most likely option, but also hinted that a tilt at the listed Sir John Monash Stakes (1000 metres) at Caulfield next month could be a possibility.

"She deserves her chance as a mare in black type races during the spring, and Danny may well tip her out now with some bigger targets in mind," he said. "She's a lovely filly and should measure up to a nice group three race somewhere."

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