Brett aims to make fourth straight cup a reality
The Group 1 spotlight will shine on Queensland this week for the running of the Winter Carnival Cup at Albion Park on Thursday evening.
Five heats were run over the 520 metre trip last week, with local chaser Flash Reality (currently $2.70 with TAB.com.au Fixed Odds) clinching time honours for Tony Brett, with a slick 29.71 performance from box eight.
The recent Group 2 Queensland Derby winner has proven he is one of the most exciting youngsters in the state, and Brett believes he is suited this week from an identical draw in the $75,000 to the winner event
“Box eight is good. He came out of the eight last week so I am not too worried about it. It gives him a little bit of room which is what he needs,” Brett said.
“He has had a good week. He just thrives on racing, has pulled up excellent and is all set to go.”
Brett, who trained the mighty Glen Gallon to win the last two editions of the Winter Carnival Cup, has a big opinion of his star speedster, which has won seven from 13 starts and has only been defeated once from seven starts since joining Brett’s Grandchester kennel in April.
“He is a very fast dog. He can jump, and he is strong at the finish, so he is very much a group dog. We are looking forward to heading interstate with him later in the year
“He is handling Albion Park a lot better than he used to - he still scouts a little bit wide which is probably his only downfall. Other than that he is jumping nice and it is nearly his home track now which is a nice advantage to have.”
With six wins and three minor placings at the track, including a near record 29.58 run, Flash Reality definitely holds an advantage over the interstate raiders looking to seize the title. However, Brett concedes he has a tough task ahead of him
“Awesome Project ($1.95) is drawn perfect in the one, so he’ll be hard to beat - but there is some good locals there and there is plenty of speed in the race which will make it interesting.”
Victorian Awesome Project, a dual group 2 winner, made a terrific debut at Albion Park last week, running a slick 29.82 while Australian Cup hero Buckle Up Wes ($3.70) is right in the race despite drawing box four. He also won at his first start in the Sunshine State, clocking 30.09 in taking out his qualifier.
The rest of the field is expected to start at double figure odds, with Brett’s other runner, Benarkin ($23) expected to give the field a big start.
“He’s a backmarker. For dogs like that it’s tough if you have one in front running near track record times,” Brett explained.
Love Kills and Yogi Blue will line up in boxes three and seven respectively, and are both at $31, Gumlow Star, drawn in box 2, is $35, with Winged Elite ($51) rounding out the field from the six.
First reserve Cyndie’s Special ($21) and second reserve Rue De Kahn ($16) are also available in the market.
The champion Queensland trainer, chasing his fourth Winter Carnival Cup in a row, knows what it takes to win the Brisbane feature
“They have to be able to begin. With Glen Gallon’s wins, it was probably some of the better times he has jumped. You have got to be able to get out because they are going to run fast times.”
The action starts at 6.40pm this Thursday night with the Group 1 Winter Carnival Cup, race 7, set to jump at 8.44pm. Dave Carlson will be trackside delivering all of the latest information and you can catch it all on Sky Racing 1.
Check the field out here
G3 - Flore
G1 - Royal-oak
G1 - Kikuka Sho (japanese St.leger)
G3 - Killavullan Stakes Group 3
G2 - The Betfred Monet's Garden Old Roan Steeple Chase