The Lord gets his chance
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
LOCAL favourite Lord Glenbury is expected to be right in the hunt as he bids to make today's TAB race meeting in Rockhampton a right royal occasion.
The Lee Kiernan-trained five-year-old looks well-placed as he goes for a fourth career win in the Kalka Palms Class 3 handicap over 1000 metres.
Judging by early markets, Lord Glenbury is given a strong chance of breaking his winning drought, with bookmakers installing him as third favourite.
His past two runs in the Beef Capital have been solid and I am sure the drop back in grade to a Class 3 will help.
Even though Lord Glenbury rises in weights as a result of the class drop, Kiernan has astutely booked apprentice Chad Pay, who claims the full three kilograms, to ride.
Kiernan wouldn't take the horse to Callaghan Park if he didn't think it was a good chance, so expect a bold showing.
The biggest dangers are last start Rocky winner Handy Hero, bottom-weight Carnaby Springs and former southern runner Zerinco. The race jumps at 2.50pm.
There are two other local hopes on the program and both have strong each-way claims.
Ever-consistent Fob Pocket has his work cut out for him up against the classy Running Scared in the Frenchville Class 4 handicap.
Running Scared is currently Rockhampton's in-form horse, but as the sage's say anything can happen in racing.
Fob Pocket could be the horse to benefit and needs to be forgiven for his last run seventh at Mackay.
He loves Callaghan Park and could be a nice place bet at the worst for the race that jumps at 2.15pm.
This could also be the case for Denis Schultz's Sydney Jack who is entered in the Peter Boodle Class 2 handicap.
Sydney Jack hasn't had much luck after bucking at the start, checked for a run and losing the rider in his past three starts at Rockhampton.
A bush winner who has the ability to win on the big stage, he will be some value and does have two TAB third placings at the Beef Capital.
His race jumps at 1.40pm.