Toowoomba trainer Norm Hilton has opted to bypass the likes of Moment Of Change and Said Com with his Epsom Handicap 2012 hopeful in Sydney on Saturday and run Bold Glance in Brisbane this weekend instead.
Seven-year-old Sequalo gelding Bold Glance, winner of the 2011 Magic Millions Cup, resumed racing at Warwick Farm on August 25 and ran a credible sixth when beaten two and a half lengths by Pinwheel in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m).
Hilton considered keeping them in Sydney again for their second-up run and looked at Saturday’s $125,000 Group 3 Tramway Handicap (1400m) back at the Warwick Farm track, but with such a top class list of contenders entered for the feature he decided to have Bold Glance run in Doomben’s $50,000 Hanrick Curran Handicap (1350m) instead.
“The Tramway was part of the plan but we changed tack and decided to come home,” Hilton said.
“When you look at the Tramway field it’s probably not a bad choice.”
Still it won’t be too easy an assignment at home with Bold Glance to carry the 61kg topweight in Doomben Race 4, their main rival and the $2 favourite being Solzhenitsyn who is two kilos lighter in the weights.
The Rob Heathcote-trained Solzhenitsyn is first-up for the season having won their last three on the trot during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival including the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup and the Listed Strawberry Road Handicap over the mile.
“He’s first-up but I imagine Rob will have him primed to go,” Hilton said of his main competition on Saturday.
Bold Glance is being prepared for a super Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, their main aim being the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick on October 6.
They have good experience at the Randwick mile too having run a brave third to Sacred Choice in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) in the mud back in April of 2011 there.
In the current Epsom Handicap 2012 odds at bookmaker.com.au Bold Glance is an $81 roughie with markets led by reigning Doncaster Mile champ More Joyous ($7).
Following Saturday’s run Bold Glance is likely to head towards the Epsom via the $350,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 22.
“He’s going to the Epsom. I’ve just got to find something in between,” Hilton said.
“Maybe the George Main Stakes.”
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