Group One-winning stayer Glory Days will take a step closer to the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) when she lines-up at Moonee Valley on Friday.
The daughter of Red Giant will compete in the Gr.3 JRA Cup (2040m) and trainer Bill Thurlow has been happy with her progress since her fifth-placing over 1700m at Flemington earlier this month.
“I was very happy with her first-up run in Australia, she went well,” he said. “She has got through a bit of work since and seems pretty good.
“I am happy enough with her, but she still might need another run.”
Glory Days will have a bit of weight relief on Friday after carrying 60.5kg in her Melbourne debut.
“She will appreciate the step-up to 2040m on Friday,” Thurlow said. “Four kilos is a good drop from what she carried last start, so everything is looking good on that front.”
Jockey Craig Williams will be aboard once again on Friday night when Glory Days will compete against last year’s Melbourne Cup favourite, Yucatan.
“It’s good to have him back onboard, especially someone of his experience,” Thurlow said.
Everything going to plan, Glory Days’ next assignment will be the Gr.2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield next month.