Lord Glenbury home for comeback attempt
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
REGAL galloper Lord Glenbury is set to add a touch of royalty when he strides onto the track in today's Gladstone race meeting at Ferguson Park.
The classy five-year-old is on the comeback trail after seven months out and is returning to his home track for an appearance today in the Bill Robertson Toyota Class 4 handicap.
Trainer Lee Kiernan has had to work hard to get the horse back on track and is looking for a good performance in his run today.
'Lord Glenbury should run a good race, but is still getting back to full fitness,' Kiernan said.
'He got a bit fat on me during his spell and together we have been working hard to get that fat off.
'This race fits in well with our plans and he should go all right.'
On the surface, it looks a good race for Lord Glenbury to win, with top-weight and last start winner Craiglea Knight a big threat.
The other two runners in the race, Alliebert and Dotswood, would need to vastly improve to be a winning chance.
Today's race meeting may be small in numbers, but the racing across the board promises to be exciting.
One of the more intriguing horses to line-up is the 11-year-old veteran Total Glance in the QantasLink Open handicap.
A past Gladstone Cup winner (2002), Total Glance enjoys his sojourns to Ferguson Park, judging by his record of three wins and four placings in 10 starts.
It would be a popular win if the greybeard can get up, but he will have to account for in-form mare Kalinga Hero to do so.
Gladstone trainer Bill Bennett has his eyes set on victory when Beat The Rush lines-up in the Brisbane Riverview Hotel Class B handicap.
Beat The Rush looks hard to toss with apprentice Luke Dillon claiming three kilograms, but Kiernan's mare Outlay could have something to say about that.
Meanwhile, a blind stab in the dark could be the best way to tip a winner in the day's first race, the 4CC Maiden Plate. Top-weight Bonalear, with a third here last start could be the one.
Racing starts at 10.30am, with the final race at 12.15pm.