Flamboyer Ready to Roll in Glasshouse Handicap 2016

Front-running Gold Coast galloper Flamboyer is set to roll along at Caloundra Racecourse on the weekend in the 2016 Glasshouse Handicap according to trainer Kelly Doughty.


Flamboyer is a firming shot at the 2016 Glasshouse Handicap title on Caloundra Cup Day this Saturday. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Doughty is confident the stable’s Clang five-year-old will get the room he needs to get out front and run a competitive race in Saturday’s $175,000 Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m).

One of three Black-Types on the Sunshine Coast Winter Carnival race card, this year’s Glasshouse Handicap field features a smart field of 12 sprinters.

Jumping from a mid-field barrier six draw is Kelly’s in-form gelding Flamboyer who comes off an easy 2.8 length win over the same distance (1400m) at Eagle Farm just last weekend.

On Tattersall’s Tiara Day the horse carried 59kg to the impressive Class 6 win with Blake Shinn in the saddle.

On the quick seven day turnaround, Flamboyer rises in class for his first stakes assignment since a disappointing 13th at Doomben in May of 2014.

Doughty believes the horse has earned the step back up into Black-Type racing based on his recent runs and will enjoy the Sunshine Coast track as well as the notable drop in weights down to the 54kg minimum in the Glasshouse.

“He is a horse who likes to get out and roll along in the lead. He drops from the 59kg he had in the Eagle Farm win to 54 and the track is always a bit softer at Caloundra, likes that,” she told AAP.

Jockey Jeff Lloyd jumps on for the ride, his first time in the saddle of Flamboyer who is the early Glasshouse Handicap betting market mover at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Current Glasshouse Handicap odds are led by the 61kg top weight Stratum Star ($3.90), Kerrin McEvoy to ride the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner for trainer Darren Weir.

The Stratum stallion comes off a third when defeated under half a length by the winner Spill The Beans at Eagle Farm in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) on June 11 and chases his first win since October last year.

Flamboyer meanwhile has been backed in early from $8 to $7.50 in an open market that features a further three other single figure fancies.

Sitting between Stratum Star and Flamboyer in betting are the Robert Heathcote-trained WJ Healy runner-up last Saturday Saluter ($5.50), Tony Pike’s rails-drawn Group 1 winner in NZ Sacred Star ($6) and last start Eye Liner Stakes winner at Ipswich Ninth Legion ($7).

The Peter Robl-trained Ninth Legion however will be scratched from the field in favour of a run at home at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m).

Doughty added that the decision to back Flamboyer up on successive Saturday instead of heading to Grafton Racecourse on July 13 for a shot at the $160,000 Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) was based on the horse’s more relaxed race style.

“We felt the Ramornie may have been a too high-pressure race for his style,” she explained.

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