O'Brien remembers Glamour Puss

It was a sad day for Waikato Stud and Danny O'Brien on Wednesday, with dual Gr.1 winning matriarch Glamour Puss passing away.

Glamour Puss, who was 16, was put down after complications following colic surgery.

"She was a wonderful mare for the stud. Not only did she win two Gr.1’s and five black-type races in Australia for trainer Danny O’Brien, but she produced a foal each and every year since she retired, with all to race winning, including the two stakes performers Beckham and Ngarimu," said Waikato owner Mark Chittick.

"She gave us a heck of a lot of great memories and was a very special mare to the stud.

"She is buried alongside O’Reilly, with whom she had four of her nine foals."

O'Brien remembered the impact the mare had from the first time he laid eyes on her.

"We fell in love with Glamour Puss the moment she came into the stable," O'Brien recalled fondly.

"She was a most attractive style of mare and on top of this, she had real brilliance and was incredibly brave. She often felt her feet on the firm ground.

"One of my most vivid memories of her was the week she won the Group 1 Salinger and the Group 2 Age Classic Stakes at Flemington. After the Salinger on the first Saturday, she had a pulse in her foot, so we were icing it day and night." O'Brien said.

"She turned up the next Saturday for the Age Classic Stakes and on pure courage and ability she beat an outstanding field that included Group 1 winners Stratum, Takeover Target, Cape of Good Hope, Dance Hero and Bomber Bill. She was a super horse."


9 wins at 1200m & 1300m, 8 placings, 26 starts and $A1.25 million in earnings

Gr.1 VRC Salinger S

Gr.1 SAJC Goodwood H.

Gr.2 VRC Age Classic S

Gr.3 AJC Sapphire S.

Listed MRC Geoffrey Bellmaine S.


Glamour Puss retired as a 5YO. In every year since her retirement, she produced a foal. Dam of seven named foals, six to race, all winners.

2007 g. Heritage, by Redoute's Choice. Winner at 1300m in Australia.

2008 f. Hollywood, by Pins. 3 wins from 1200m to 1600m in Australia

2009 f. Vogue, by O'Reilly. 2 wins at 1200m in New Zealand

2010 c. Beckham, by Pins. 7 wins to 1400m in New Zealand and Australia. Stakes placed in the Listed Ipswich TC Eye Liner Stakes (pictured above and right)

2011 f. Simply You, by O'Reilly. Winner at 1100m in New Zealand

2012 g. Ngarimu - Royal Elite (H.K.), by Savabeel. Winner at 1300m in Australia. Stakes placed in the Listed VRC Hilton Hotels & Resorts S.

2013 c. by O'Reilly.

2014 c. Ocean Class, by Ocean Park. Unraced.

2015 f. by O'Reilly.

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