The rain may be falling hard and fast up on the Sunshine Coast ahead of Saturday’s Caloundra Cup Day but that hasn’t stopped the connections of 15 gallopers paying the final acceptance fee for their horses to contest the Glasshouse Handicap 2012.
Scheduled to run as Sunshine Coast Race 6 on Saturday at 3:12pm, this year’s edition of the $175,000 Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) is likely to be run on a Heavy (10) track.
Earlier there were reports that the Sunshine Coast races would be transferred from the course proper to the controversial cushion track at Caloundra.
Racing Queensland has this morning confirmed however that the Caloundra Cup meeting would proceed as normal on the course proper despite the muddy conditions.
An additional 83mm of rail fell on the track over the past 24 hours bringing the week’s total up to 124mm, the track officially going into the Heavy (10) range with an upgrade unlikely.
Topweight of the Glasshouse Handicap field this year is Jason McLachlan’s former star juvenile Phelan Ready with 59kg, the now five-year-old looking to win their first race since the 2009 Golden Slipper.
One thing working in Phelan Ready’s favour however is the rain-affected track.
The More Than Ready gelding has had three starts on Heavy ground for one win and a third.
The win was the Golden Slipper three years ago while the placing was much more recent, Phelan Ready having run a good third to Celtic Dancer and subsequent Stradbroke Handicap winner Mid Summer Music in the Listed Prime Minister’s Cup (1300m) at the Gold Coast on a Heavy (8) on May 5 this year.
While it has been a long time between drinks for Phelan Ready there are a number of horses coming into the Glasshouse Handicap on the back of much more impressive form including three last start winners.
Alan Jones’ veteran Kiwi galloper Vonusti, the second heaviest weighted on 58.5kg, travels across the ditch for the first time in their 48 start career to date for the Glasshouse Handicap after a narrow win over the distance at New Plymouth on May 12.
Gold Coast trainer Gillian Heinrich will then saddle up Magic Millions Cup runner-up Startsmeup in barrier two with Jeff Lloyd to ride, the Danzero four-year-old coming off a good win over 1100m at Ipswich.
The final hopeful looking to secure back-to-back wins is the Kelso Wood-trained Belltone drawn in barrier 12.
The Brahms six-year-old has been in top form this winter running second to Celtic Dancer in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) on a Heavy (10) Eagle Farm course two back before their win in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich on June 16, Chris Munce aboard for both and retaining the ride for Saturday.
Another notable Glasshouse Handicap acceptor for 2012 is Eye Liner Stakes runner-up Jetset Lad who was last seen running a photo-finish-close second to Firebolt in the Listed Tatt’s Mile (1600m) at Eagle Farm last Saturday, and who will also benefit from a wet track having won twice on Heavy ground.
Watch out also for the likes of the Liam Birchley-trained Spear Chief Handicap winner Pepperwood, Toowoomba mare Dual Chamber coming off a fourth to Gai’s Choice in the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m), and Doug Duryea’s Medecis five-year-old Machination who are all known mudlarks.
The complete 2012 Reed Property Group Glasshouse Handicap field, barriers, jockeys and weights are listed in the table below.
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2012 Glasshouse Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw
Sunshine Coast Race 6 – 3:12pm – 30/06/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||4387X74350||PHELAN READY||Jason McLachlan||Shane Scriven||11||59kg||102|
|2||4208720501||VONUSTI (NZ)||Alan L Jones||Glen Colless||5||58.5kg||101|
|3||3283144022||JETSET LAD (NZ)||John Wheeler||Scott Galloway||13||58kg||100|
|4||62X55250X1||STARTSMEUP||Gillian Heinrich||Jeff Lloyd||2||57.5kg||99|
|5||5X500X5407||VARENNA MISS||Tony Noonan||Jim Byrne||8||57.5kg||103|
|6||X60469X0X3||ADNOCON||Gerald Ryan||Damian Browne||7||56.5kg||97|
|7||111X57X521||BELLTONE||Kelso Wood||Chris Munce||12||56.5kg||97|
|8||7412156350||STEEL ZIP||Pat Duff||G L Cooksley||14||56.5kg||97|
|9||700X009814||PEPPERWOOD||Liam Birchley||Larry Cassidy||3||56kg||96|
|10||0X65157726||MEET GEORGE||Brian Smith||Eddie Wilkinson||6||55kg||94|
|11||4126X45014||DUAL CHAMBER||Rex Lipp||–||9||54kg||94|
|12||10X77X8330||JOINT CHIEFS||Brian Wakefield||–||15||54kg||88|
|13||229143X094||PROST||John P Thompson||Timothy Bell (a)||1||54kg||88|
|14||501648X007||SOMMERSEA DRIVE||Trevor Miller||Ken Pope||10||54kg||83|
|15||5166540114||MACHINATION||Doug Duryea||Andrew Spinks||4||54kg||82|