O’Brien looks to Oliver for Glam's back-to-back tilt

Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien has called on gun jockey Damien Oliver for Absolut Glam as she attempts to make it successive Winter Stakes victories on Saturday at Eagle Farm.

Oliver takes over from Michael Rodd, who was aboard when Absolut Glam finished fifth in the Stradbroke Handicap.

"It was a very good run in the Stradbroke," Oliver said yesterday.

"She really hit the line well on that heavy track and a drier surface this weekend would be in her favour.

"She did finish fourth in the Stradbroke last year before winning the Winter Stakes so the form-lines seem similar. I'm hoping she can repeat the result of 12 months ago."

Golden Slipper winner Forensics will run her final race in Group 1 feature, but only if rain stays away from Brisbane this week according to trainer Peter Snowden.

Stradbroke third placegetter Ortensia is expected to back up in the Winter Stakes for trainer Tony Noonan with Craig Williams to ride.

Queenslander Chinchilla Rose could start in the race after being scratched from the Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich on Saturday because of a wide barrier.

The Rex Lipp-trained Express Air is looming as the best of the local hopes after its last-start impressive victory in the Queensland Guineas. Lipp has booked Sydney hoop Tye Angland, who won the Stradbroke on Black Piranha, for the ride on Express Air.

Meanwhile, Oliver will also link with the newly wed O'Brien when steering Ballack in the Tattersalls Cup and Keano in the Group 3 Healy Stakes.

The jockey attended O'Brien's wedding to long-time partner Nina on Saturday and said a treble at Eagle Farm would be the best present he could provide.

"Ballack is racing really well," Oliver said. "He won the Chairman's Handicap at Doomben then ran great when fourth in the Brisbane Cup behind Scenic Shot.

"He also won the Tattersalls Cup, albeit on protest, on the same day as Absolut Glam won the Winter Stakes last year."

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