Glitz and glamour at Christmas races

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 12/12/2012
Chris Johnson
SOUTHPICS
JOCKEY: Chris Johnson will ride The Glitzy One at Ascot Park on Saturday.

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The Glitzy One is the omen bet at the Southland Racing Club's Christmas meeting at Ascot Park on Saturday.

Club president Sean Bellew invites racegoers to dress up for Southland's biggest raceday of the year.

''It's a day for glamour,'' he said.

The Glitzy One's owners, the Dennis brothers, of Woodlands, are staunch supporters of the club and were successful with The Solitaire and The Jester at the Christmas fixture 12 months ago.

A 5-year-old, The Glitzy One was training up to expectations, Wingatui horseman Steven Anderton said yesterday.

She won a $40,000 open 2000m at the New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton on November 14. Anderton then gave her 10 days off.

''She'll improve with Saturday's race but in saying that, she probably doesn't take a lot (to sharpen up),'' Anderton said yesterday.

''She is capable of winning.''

Christchurch's Chris Johnson is booked to ride The Glitzy One in Saturday's $25,000 open 2200m.

The Glitzy One will be Anderton's lone runner at the meeting. Next month she travels to the North Island for the $55,000 Marton Cup at Awapuni on January 12 and the $200,000 Wellington Cup at Trentham 14 days later.

Stablemate The Solitaire will have her next start in the $50,000 Timaru Cup on December 28.

The Diamond One, also owned in Anderton's stable by the Dennis brothers, could run at Wingatui on Boxing Day as a lead into the $50,000 Gore Guineas on January 19.

She finished fourth in the Group I $400,000 One Thousand Guineas at Riccarton on November 17.

Meanwhile, the galloping track at Ascot Park was irrigated yesterday. Course manager Warren Broad said irrigation would probably continue to tomorrow.

''It depends on the weather,'' he said.

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- The Southland Times

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