Glamour Puss has $1 million in the kitty

STEPPING up to weight-for-age for the first time was all in a day's work for New Zealand-bred mare Glamour Puss, who completed the VRC carnival sprint double in The Age Classic (1200 metres) at Flemington yesterday.

Meeting some of the horses she had beaten in the group 1 Salinger the previous Saturday on much worse terms in yesterday's group 2 event made no difference to the five-year-old, who has put together an impressive record at the various carnivals this year.

After winning the group 3 Sapphire Stakes in Sydney at Easter, Glamour Puss went to Adelaide and gave trainer Danny O'Brien the first leg of his first group 1 double in the Goodwood Handicap, followed by Demerger in the Adelaide Cup.

Glamour Puss, bred and owned by prominent NZ studmaster Gary Chittick, has now won nine races with seven placings from 20 starts and yesterday's first prize of $182,000, including a $2000 trophy, has taken her earnings above $1 million.

Starting at $5.50, Glamour Puss held out the three-year-old Stratum ($11) to win by a head, with the Hong Kong-based Cape Of Good Hope ($4.40) two-and-a-quarter lengths away third.

O'Brien has turned Glamour Puss into a valuable broodmare for Chittick, who said the mare would race on through next autumn before going to his Waikato stud.

The race was marred by a mishap near the 800 metres when favourite Queen Of The Hill, a dramatic drifter in the betting from $2.20 to $3.60, dislodged Kerrin McEvoy after clipping the heels of Cape Of Good Hope.

As McEvoy hit the turf he appeared to be clipped by a following horse and remained on the track for some time. After being examined by doctors, McEvoy was taken to Epworth Hospital, Richmond, with lacerations to the face and head and possible concussion.

Stewards opened an inquiry into the incident and then adjourned it to a date to be fixed.

Jet Spur and Takeover Target were both disappointing, while Cape Of Good Hope ran yet another honest race and now heads back to Hong Kong to take on champion sprinter Silent Witness yet again in the group 1 International Sprint (1000 metres) at Sha Tin on December 11.

Trainer David Oughton said Cape Of Good Hope was likely to start in the group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000 metres) at Flemington in February before trying to repeat his win this year in the Australia Stakes (1200 metres) at Moonee Valley.

By Tony Bourke - The Age

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