Gladstone's horse royalty Lord Glenbury races in Doomben
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE horse royalty hits Doomben today when impressive galloper Lord Glenbury lines up in the Triple M Class Three Handicap.
Lord Glenbury has been in red-hot form this preparation with three wins in Rockhampton and made an encouraging city debut finishing fifth at Doomben on February 16.
Local trainer Lee Kiernan has engaged top Brisbane jockey Mick Pelling for the ride and is expecting greater improvement from Lord Glenbury in today's race.
'It was a good run considering he ran on Wednesday after an eight-hour trip in the horse float on the Sunday from Gladstone,' Kiernan said.
'Scott Galloway who rode him believed he was doing his best work towards the end of the race and thought he handled himself in this company.
'He is settled in well now and I have a good mate of mine Peter Oakhill looking after him at the moment who reckons he should run very well.'
It was on Galloway's advice that Lord Glenbury is running today and Kiernan believes the step up to the 1200 metre distance will be a positive move.
'As I said before Scott said he worked into the race at the finish and he is a tough horse so I think the 1200 metres will suit him even more,' he said.
No matter today's result Lord Glenbury is a source of great pride for Kiernan, with the classy galloper the first ever horse he has saddled up in Brisbane.
'Lord Glenbury has been a top horse for us and is the first ever runner I have had to run in Brisbane.
'It is exciting for everyone to see him running in city company and it would be even better if we could beat them,' he said.
His biggest dangers in the race appear to be top-weight Brave Action, the John Hawkes-trained Ruched and Cupboard ridden by Todd Pannell.
The race is scheduled to jump at 3.52pm and Lord Glenbury is sure to have a number of local punters keeping a close eye on his progress.
Let's hope it is a right, royal occasion.