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Brian Smith’s evergreen veteran Meet George will run in their third straight $175,000 Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) showdown this weekend at Caloundra, the old warhorse still displaying the same will to win as when they started out all those years ago.
A rising eight-year-old son of Rock Of Cashel, Meet George will be lining up for their 48th career start in the 2013 Glasshouse Handicap on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, the gelding after their first win since March last year.
While it’s been a long time between drinks for the always honest galloper, Meet George has been far from a spent force for Smith’s Brisbane stables.
They have been a competitive force in a number of quality stakes races over the past 15 months including their two most recent runs.
Third-up at Eagle Farm this Queensland Winter Racing Carnival they were an eye-catching third to subsequent Open Mile winner Fire Up Fifi who is 2013 Myer Classic bound beaten two lengths.
They were last seen racing at Ipswich two weeks ago when relishing another Slow (7) track this time handling the tight turns of the western Brisbane track to finishing runner-up to Conservatorium in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m).
The Glasshouse Handicap is now next on the agenda, Meet George having contested the past two editions of the Caloundra Cup Day feature.
Back in 2011 they were second to Rob Heathcote’s successful defending champ Woorim before finishing a close fourth to Belltone in last year’s race which was run on a Heavy (10) course.
Smith is hoping it will be third time lucky this winter and takes confidence off their recent efforts and the way they pulled through the Eye Liner.
“He hasn’t lost his zest for racing. He’s just a great old warhorse,” Smith said.
“His lead-up form this year has been terrific and he’s done a treat since the Eye Liner.”
It should be another top Glasshouse Handicap field this year with other notable entries including the reigning champ Belltone, last year’s runner-up Jetset Lad, recent Strawberry Road Handicap winner Tokamak and Open Mile runner-up last Saturday Someday who is also prepared by last year’s winning trainer Kelso Wood.
Smith meanwhile will also saddle-up a genuine chance in the $200,000 Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) on Saturday with Za Magic looking to turn the tables on Anagold (1st) and High Kin (2nd) who beat them home by half a length in the Ipswich Cup last start.
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