Global Glamour has continued trainer Gai Waterhouse’s impressive run of form in three-year-old feature races in Sydney; charging home to win the 2016 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick over the weekend.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Tim Clark allowed Global Glamour to stride forward and immediately take up the pace; setting only a fair tempo for the small field of six.
Hugging the rails rounding onto the final straight, Global Glamour immediately responded when asked for an extra effort and charged forward; savaging the line to post a comfortably half-length win over Yankee Rose and Sezanne.
Clark delivered a typically slick performance aboard Global Glamour to win the 2016 Flight Stakes and was quick to lay the praise on the quality of the filly, as well as the training efforts of Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been in the Group 1 winner’s stall and it’s a great feeling,” Clark said after the race.
“The start was important today and it was a master stroke by Gai and Adrian putting the barrier blanket on her, because it kept her nice and calm.
“She began well and obviously with the small field we were able to control it. Although she was still going a little keen with it in the run, she wasn’t going that quick and it allowed her to have a great turn of foot.
“When she topped the rise she quickened really well and I thought that it was going to take a good one to run me down, and thankfully she was strong enough late.
“I think this filly just hadn’t had a great deal of luck of late and just the small field, the inside barrier and getting her to jump took all the bad luck out of play.”
Waterhouse has won four of the last five Flight Stakes races but this year’s edition figured as the first win at the highest level for now co-trainer Adrian Bott, who was ecstatic after Global Glamour saluted.
“It’s absolutely incredible, I could really get used to that!” Bott said.
“She jumped to the front and controlled it, ran along at a good tempo and just coming over the rise, slip that little bit clear and ran strong to the line.
“We’ve known she’s always had the ability so no surprises to see her do that today. In her last two starts she had genuine excuses and she was her own worst enemy.
“We took our time and tried to manager her correctly, and we were able to do that today.”
In being crowned the 2016 Flight Stakes winner, Global Glamour has extended her career record to two race wins and one minor through only four starts.
2016 Flight Stakes Results
|1||6||GLOBAL GLAMOUR||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||–||1||56kg||$6|
|2||1||YANKEE ROSE||David Vandyke||Blake Shinn||0.5L||5||56kg||$2.05F|
|3||5||SEZANNE||Chris Waller||James McDonald||2.5L||6||56kg||$5|
|4||3||SKYLIGHT GLOW||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||7L||3||56kg||$10|
|5||7||AWOKE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||11.6L||4||56kg||$6.50|
|6||8||BRIDLE LANE||John P Thompson||Mark Zahra||14.9L||2||56kg||$61|