Gary Glitter set to shine
GARY GLITTER will appreciate the additional furlong, up in class tomorrow, hunting his first open allowance victory following that impressive overnight allowance win at five furlongs round last month.
The four-year-old gelding faces seven tough rivals, blessed with either blinding speed or strong mid-race including the filly PINELOPE, who carries a featherweight 48.5 kilos, partnered by claiming apprentice Dane Dawkins.
However, the trip of 1200 metres tees up the race nicely for GARY GLITTER, who is getting a second bite at open allowance after enduring a baptism of fire when he made the grade as a three-year-old last year.
After clocking 57.4 to beat SIR BUDGET at 1000 metres straight in overnight allowance last summer, GARY GLITTER ran smack into the likes of NUCLEAR AFFAIR, BUZZ NIGHTMARE, CRUCIAL APPEAL and CAMPESINO in tough cup races, including grade one events such as the Gold Cup and Caribbean Sprint.
In the Gold Cup, especially, GARY GLITTER led BUZZ NIGHTMARE down the backstretch, turned for home second and was still clinging to third a furlong out.
After serving four months in jail, he returned to overnight allowance in December with grade one pace under his girth and flew home at 1000 metres straight behind much-improved old rival SIR BUDGET.
On Boxing Day, GARY GLITTER showed off his class by blitzing United States-bred CHOO CHOO BLUE down the backstretch and hung tough up the lane, only to lose by a nose at the last hop.
Starting his four-year-old campaign with a bang last month, he tracked DREAMLINER into the straight and ran by a half furlong out to clock 58.3 for 1000 metres round, signalling he was ready for a second crack at open allowance.
The speedsters SIR BUDGET and POLLY B are back to set strong splits after their suicide duel up front in the January 7 St Catherine Cup won by CAMPESINO. However, the distance should sap their resistance in the stretch run, setting it up for GARY GLITTER, the expected stalker.
PINELOPE paid the price of getting too involved in the pace at a mile when making the grade in the Alexander Hamilton Trophy last Saturday. She's really classy and very light, getting 12 pounds from GARY GLITTER, making her a dangerous closer.
However, she appears not to relish a sharp sprint as shown on Diamond Mile Day when having to run on to catch CHOO CHOO BLUE in the glass.
Though GARY GLITTER is allowing PINELOPE weight, he ran his last two races with 117lb and is not too heavy at 119 to get first run on the speedsters.