Glow Heart Goes for Another Upset in Guineas

Toowoomba galloper Glow Heart won’t start the favourite in this Saturday’s Sunshine Coast Guineas, but his trainer Ross Coveney also knows that he won’t be getting the generous odds that were available on the three-year-old last start when they scored a massive boilover at Ipswich.

Show A Heart gelding Glow Heart saluted as a $40 roughie in the $50,000 Provincial Cup (2150m) at Ipswich last start on June 18 beating home raging $2 favourite Grey Assignment by just a short-head.

Only sneaking into the Ipswich field as the first emergency following an early scratching from the race, Glow Heart will get their chance to prove the win was no fluke when they line up in the $100,000 Listed Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) at Caloundra this Saturday.

Due to be ridden by Nozi Tomizawa, who was aboard for their last-start victory, Glow Heart will face a tougher test this weekend.

For the Provincial Cup, which was their fourth career success from 14 starts, Glow Heart had an ideal barrier two draw and carted just 53kg to victory.

In the Sunshine Coast Guineas showdown, the three-year-old has drawn wide with barrier 14 of the 18-starter plus five emergency final field, and has a weight rise of 3kg to also overcome.

Still Coveney, a former grazier in central Queensland, holds high hopes the horse can step up to the challenge and continue their recent purple patch.

Prior to the Provincial Cup, Glow Heart ran a game third to Parameters at the Sunshine Coast over 2000m and they also have a strong record over the mile making the Guineas distance ideal.

Coveney, who has been training horses for just four years, has already achieved more with Glow Heart than he ever imagined.

Originally sold as a weanling for $15,000 in 2008, Glow Heart was later picked up by Coveney for a steal at $1,800 at a Magic Millions tried horse sale in November of 2010.

“I’ve only got five horses in work at Toowoomba, but I have a few boxes which I rent out,” Coveney said.

“I bought him (Glow Heart) because I just liked his breeding and he was cheap. I like cheap horses.”

Win, lose or draw in the Guineas Glow Heart is heading towards the spelling paddock next month and is unlikely to be a spring carnival prospect.

“I’ve decided to take a break from training in August and this bloke will have a spell with me as well,” Coveney confirmed.

It is an in-form field of hopefuls for this year’s Sunshine Coast Guineas, other last-start conquerors looking for back-to-back winter wins including the Brian Smith-trained Mr Tweed seeking their fourth victory on the trot and third at the Caloundra track, Bel Esprit colt Laudit coming off a strong win in the Caloundra Cup Next Saturday Class 1 (1200m), Michael Moroney’s Victorian raider Shenzhou Steeds and Epic.

A stablemate of Grey Assignment, the horse Glow Heart defeated in an upset at Ipswich, Epic also enjoyed a narrow win on Ipswich Cup Day last-start.

In a nice form turnaround, well-bred Stratum colt Epic was able to hold on in the final-stride to defeat Fire Up Fifi in the $50,000 TL Cooney Handicap (1350m).

Although Saturday will be Epic’s first start over 1600m, their Eagle Farm-based trainer Schweida believes they will step up without issue and are the horse to beat in Guineas despite drawing double digits with gate 12.

“I thought the 1350m might be a bit sharp for him,” Schweida said after their Ipswich win.

“A race like the Caloundra (Sunshine Coast) Guineas will be a nice race.”

2011 XXXX Sunshine Coast Guineas Final Field & Barriers

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 6261X80732 BENNY’S BUTTONS Kelso Wood Chris Munce 10 56kg
2 2221418985 STEEL ZIP Pat Duff Glen Colless 2 56kg 81
3 1X11257607 UNDER THE EIFFEL Tony Vasil Jamie Mott 3 56kg 82
4 2X40724370 IGLES STAR Kelso Wood Jason Taylor 13 56kg 71
5 72341X2100 SIR FOX Anthony Cummings Scott Seamer 6 56kg 72
6 7361241331 GLOW HEART Ross Coveney Nozi Tomizawa 14 56kg
7 X2124X8571 EPIC Kelly Schweida Michael Walker 12 56kg
8 2411X1327 EMOTICON Mark F Webb Jason Holder 21 56kg 72
9 0531039012 I’LLBETRICKED David Lawlor Andrew Spinks 20 56kg 64
10 2545X4X111 MR TWEED Brian Smith Ric McMahon 18 56kg 73
11 5X621821 LAUDIT John Symons & Sheila Laxon 22 56kg 69
12 169X132 SIMMERING (NZ) Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 5 56kg
13 555X1411 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney Chad Ormsby 15 56kg 70
14 11X0000505 DRIVING REIGN Harry Reed 23 54kg 65
15 2421103708 WABEEL Bryan Guy Scott Galloway 19 54kg 72
16 5X410X7900 ALOTTA SPUR Tony Gollan Ryan Wiggins 4 54kg 70
17 221X295005 HEARTS’N’DIAMONDS Jason McLachlan Paul Hammersley 7 54kg 66
18 198X748402 ATTRIBUTES Michael Jacobs 16 54kg 61
19e X8711X2405 FORBIDDEN FRUIT Jason McLachlan Eddie Wilkinson 11 54kg 59
20e 1082106065 THE BIG RED VEE Paddy Cunningham 9 56kg 54
21e 536X11 LINE OF CONFLICT Gillian Heinrich 8 56kg 65
22e 13 RICH’N UNHITCHED (NZ) Graham Richardson Chris O’Brien 17 56kg 63
23e 3414 BEACH LADY (NZ) Bruce W Hill Paul Hammersley 1 54kg 63