One of the key support races on the Queen’s Cup Day program at Eagle Farm in Brisbane this Saturday is the Ascot Handicap 2012 which has drawn a final field of 11 sprinters.
Running one race after the day’s headline event the $80,000 Listed Ascot Handicap (1200m) is due to jump at 3:46pm as Eagle Farm Race 7.
To wear the number one saddlecloth as the 59kg topweight in the quality handicap clash is the Norm Hilton-trained Bold Glance who has drawn ideally in barrier two.
The Sequalo six-year-old, who ran third in last year’s Doncaster Mile, has failed to impress over the past 15 months and will be out to improve on their disappointing first-up ninth to River Lad in the Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on June 23.
“He had an entrapped epiglottis, which is a flap in the throat that opens and closes,” Hilton said explaining Bold Glance’s recent performances.
“It was getting trapped closed. In the Gold Coast Stakes (jockey) Dean Tanti said when he put him under pressure he started making a noise.
“We had him scoped that week and we had to operate on it.”
Back when they were in better form during the 2010 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival Bold Glance scored an impressive two and a half length victory in the Ascot Handicap when ridden by Chris Munce on 56kg, and Hilton hasn’t given up hope of another victory in the race this year.
“I’m hoping we can get back to his best form,” Hilton said.
“He’s well in himself, happy and keen to work.
“He gets a lot of weight wherever we take him.
“You either have a crack at those real hard Group races, or get stuck with 59kg in races like this.
“He ran OK first up. He was just short of a run and I expect a big improvement on Saturday.
“We missed out on trialling him in the lead-up. Every other time he’s won first up he’s had a good trial leading into it and we didn’t get it this time.”
There are no last start winners engaged in the Ascot Handicap field this year but there are a number of hopefuls coming off some good recent form including the Gerald Ryan-trained Adnocon.
The Clang gelding resumed racing on June 16 as the dual defending champ in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich and ran an eye-catching third to Belltone.
In the Eye Liner Adnocon carried 58kg and they drop back to 56.5kg on Saturday with Damien Brown retaining the ride, the duo coming up trumps in the Ascot Handicap barrier draw with the inside alley.
Rob Heathcote’s Flying Spur six-year-old Griffon, drawn out in gate nine, also comes off at third place finish.
Winner of the Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) upon resuming at Eagle Farm a month ago the lightly-raced gelding was last seen finishing third in the WJ Healy Stakes.
Other notable chances in the 2012 Ascot Handicap include the Gillian Heinrich-trained Bel Esprit four-year-old Audacious Spirit (barrier six), Danny Williams’ consistent Goulburn galloper How Much My Love and the Barry Baldwin-trained local Havatryst.
The full 2012 PMP Ascot Handicap field, barriers, jockeys and weights can be found in the table below.
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2012 Ascot Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw
Eagle Farm Race 7 – 3:46pm – 07/07/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||13309x49x9||BOLD GLANCE||Norm Hilton||Ric McMahon||2||59kg||102|
|2||x60469x0x3||ADNOCON||Gerald Ryan||Damian Browne||1||56.5kg||97|
|3||439x310x13||GRIFFON||Robert Heathcote||Paul Hammersley||9||55.5kg||95|
|4||14331×2136||AUDACIOUS SPIRIT||Gillian Heinrich||Ryan Wiggins||6||54kg||91|
|5||6x11901x07||HAVATRYST||Barry Baldwin||Larry Cassidy||4||54kg||91|
|6||5x61223x66||THE SIXTIES||Tracy Green||Micheal Hellyer||7||54kg||89|
|7||6x063x8005||DALZAR||Doug Duryea||Andrew Spinks||5||54kg||87.5|
|8||51900x780X||LUCKY DUBAI||Kim Craft||Eddie Wilkinson||3||54kg||87|
|9||1900×75044||HOW MUCH MY LOVE (NZ)||Danny Williams||Chris Munce||10||54kg||85|
|10||5x419x9704||HEART TO FEAR||Alicia Willick||–||8||54kg||79.5|
|11||5×74136003||CONVICTOR||Ray Hawkswell||Ms Rosie Myers (a)||11||54kg||77.5|