Conspiracy may be Gladstone Cup special

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

FERGUSON Park is the place to be tomorrow afternoon when the 2005 Gladstone City Council Cup is run.

The $10,000 Cup has drawn seven runners this year and shapes as one of the most even in history.

Top-weight Cearnaigh, trained by Alan Jones, certainly is the class horse of the field.

As a result, the five-year-old spots 1.5 kilograms to most of his rivals after being given 58 kilograms by the handicappers.

His third behind Astroflash in last weekend's Thangool Cup provides a good gauge of form and he shouldn't be too far away here.

Locally-owned Conspiracy is like the prodigal son who has returned, making his debut Ferguson Park appearance tomorrow.

It will be interesting to see how the son of Octagonal handles the dirt track, but with 2002 cup-winning jockey Mark Barnham aboard is a big chance.

Former Gladstone jockey Lucy Timson would love to win her home-town cup and partners noted Ferguson Park runner Dreams of Wealth trained by Leslie Hansen who knows how to train a cup winner.

Veteran Bill's Buddy comes into the race on the back of apprentice Brenton Young's three kilogram claim, while Winooski and Steal a March need to lift in form.

The one to watch could be Allan Garland's Mycenae, who has plenty of ability with six wins in 36 career starts. He is my dark horse.

As for my tips, I like Conspiracy ahead of Mycenae and Cearnaigh in third.

It should be a great day of racing, with four other strong races supporting the Cup.

To have 40 horses in town offers plenty of options for punters and is going to be a blinder of a day.

Hope you have a good time if you're going and most of all, good punting.



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