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In-form gelding Belltone has been tipped as tough to beat by the trainer of his most likely rival Adnocon in Saturday’s Listed $80,000 2012 Tattersall’s Mile (1600m) at Eagle Farm.
Belltone prevented Adnocon from claiming a third consecutive victory in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich last month and has been highly impressive throughout the winter.
After beginning his preparation by finishing just half a length off winner Tiger Tees when fifth in the BRC Sprint, the Kelso Wood-trained six-year-old finished runner-up in the Group 2 QTC Cup before recording consecutive victories at Listed level.
Apart from the Eye Liner Stakes win, Belltone showed his versatility when dominating the Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) in wet conditions at the Sunshine Coast.
Adnocon trainer Gerald Ryan did not hesitate when nominating Belltone as the horse to beat in this weekend’s Brisbane feature.
“It’s going to be hard to turn the tables on Belltone,” Ryan said.
But it may not be as clear cut as it looks, with Belltone set to carry the top weight of 59kg and also facing his first step up to the 1600-metre distance.
Also in form, Adnocon will carry 58.5kg but has won at the trip before. The son of Clang comes into the race on the back of victory in the Listed Ascot Handicap at Eagle Farm and trainer Ryan is confident he is in good condition.
“He’s well…he loves Queensland,” Ryan said.
A veteran of 47 starts, Adnocon has scored victory on nine occasions and collected more than $550,000 in prize money.
Also set to line up in the Tattersall’s Mile is Toowoomba gelding Carry Me Bluey who is fresh off a win in the South Grafton Cup.
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