Racing: When a filly flowers she blooms – just ask Gai Waterhouse about her glamour girl

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Kerrin McEvoy riding Global Glamour wins the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday. Photo: Vince Caligiuri Kerrin McEvoy, aboard Global Glamour, celebrates the win as he crosses the line. Photo: Vince Caligiuri


When fillies hit  form in the spring there is no predicting what heights they can reach – and there is no better authority than Gai Waterhouse for knowing when a three year old filly is poised to bloom and blossom.

She took the road less travelled with her lightly raced filly Global Glamour when she decided to chase two group 1 prizes in seven days, by backing her up in the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield just a week after she had taken out the Flight Stakes at Randwick.

But the bold strategy paid off when the daughter of Star Witness led from the start under Kerrin McEvoy to land the big prize at odds of $4.40, scoring by a length from outsider I Am A Star ($21), with the WA raider Whispering Brook ($8.50) shrugging off her disappointing effort at Caulfield last start to finish a half neck away in third place.

Global Glamour looked to have the world at her feet back in January when she won by more than six lengths in a Kembla Grange maiden at her first start. But she was sidelined for the rest of her two-year-old season and she only made her reappearance in September.

Two runs at group 2 level got her fully tuned up for the Flight Stakes last weekend, when she delivered on her potential, and she went on with the job on Saturday.

“Adrian (co-trainer Adrian Bott) and I would not have brought her down here unless we thought she would be very hard to beat,” Waterhouse said.

“We said to the owners this is what we want to do. I know it is a bit unorthodox but these fillies, when they peak they are a bit like a blooming flower.

“There were no other options for her. She hasn’t missed a beat all week so I thought why not give it a go.

“All I told Kerrin was to replicate what Tim Clark did last week – and she will do the rest.”

And she did in impressive style. McEvoy used the filly’s speed to get away quickly to cross and take the lead, and he measured his pace exactly, saving enough to repel the challengers down the straight.

“She’s classy. The last two runs she’s done it correctly, got out into a nice rhythm. She’s got a good turn of foot, she’s a classy filly for sure. Its a good buzz to be able to win on her today,” her jockey said.

“She was relaxed underneath me. I was pretty happy throughout,” added McEvoy.

Bott, who became Waterhouse’s assistant trainer this season, simply said: “She’s an absolute star. She’s proven herself to be a very special filly today. We thought that from a very young age. She won brilliantly on her debut by six lengths and we thought she was going to be one of our favourites going into the Golden Slipper.

“That didn’t work out, but she’s come back in such good order, having such a long time off the scene she was a little bit fresh in her first couple of races.

“We threw her in the deep end and with those couple of starts under her belt she is really seasoned. We saw her put it all together last start and today she took it to a new level again.”.