This Saturday the action of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival moves up to the Sunshine Coast for Caloundra Cup Day where one of the feature races on the card is the Glasshouse Handicap 2015.
The penultimate event on an eight-race line-up, this year’s $175,000 Listed MHR Projects Pty Ltd Glasshouse Handicap (1300m) jumps at 4:02pm (AEST) and features a bumper field of 17 gallopers.
Heading the latest Glasshouse Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au at $4.80 is the Stuart Kendrick-trained local Time For War, the Snitzel colt only three-years-old and taking on the older horses here.
He’s well supported to handle his rivals though after his first-up second to Nostradamus in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) on April 25, Saturday seeing him step up to the 1300m for the second time.
He is followed in the Glasshouse Handicap betting markets by just two other single figure hopes with Allez Eagle ($6) and Dances On Stars ($7) considered the ones most likely to score an upset.
Tony Pike’s Kiwi raider Allez Eagle is a four-year-old son of Guillotine who has his first run down under this weekend on the back of a fourth at Ellerslie in the Group 1 Easter Handicap (1600m) last month.
Dances On Stars meanwhile has the outside barrier 17 draw to overcome and the 58kg top weight but Damian Browne aboard and the Gerald Ryan-trained gelding’s last start third to Srikandi in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) has the bookmakers taking no chances.
So are the three hopes under $10 in the markets the one to lock in for the Glasshouse Handicap trifecta on the weekend or is there an upset on the cards from a longer priced chance such as the locally trained market mover You Did What ($13) racing for the first time since October last year, the Tony Sears-trained Weetwood Handicap runner-up Pillar Of Creation ($13) drawn a treat in barrier two or Jason McLachlan’s Stratum mare Enquare ($10) in gate three?
#7 Time For War ($4.80)
This youngster is taking on an older field of rivals and drawn wide in gate 14 but is deserving favourite and hard to go past second-up based on what he did first-up when second in the GC Guineas. Hasn’t had a run at the Sunshine Coast yet but is one-from-one over the distance when beating super star colt Brazen Boy and will be the improver here. Has the ability to cross from the gate and will be fit and firing for the punters.
#5 Enquare ($10)
Good value on offer for locally-trained Stratum mare who surprisingly has her first official start at the track. She is first-up this weekend on the back of a trial here when second over 850m on April 28. Her previous campaign was a Melbourne raid during the spring that included a second the Blazer Stakes but finished with a 13th in the Group 1 Myer Classic, albeit beaten only four and a half lengths. Drawn a treat and races well fresh.
#9 Allez Eagle ($6)
Will be one of the most likely to be up on the pace from gate eight with Tim Bell in the saddle and is in red-hot form. Deserves respect based on his form back in New Zealand including the fourth last time out in the Group 1 over the mile in the mud. Will be better on a firmer track, goes well first and second up so the freshen-up will suit. Strike rate is 50% with seven wins from 14 starts so if he handles the raid can be a danger.
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