Glenall lives up to hype in classy debut

SYDNEY Aug 31 2016

Glenall has lived up to the hype surrounding his belated debut by dominating a midweek race at Canterbury.

The Les Bridge-trained colt pulled off a betting plunge, showing his class to power away in the TAB More Than Winning Handicap (1100m) on Wednesday.

The colt made a mess of the field after being backed into $1.50 favouritism, pulling away in the straight to win comfortably by 3-1/4 lengths from Wirnpa with Storm Force another 2-3/4 lengths third.

Glenall had an interrupted path to the races after the colt was scratched a handful of times because of wet tracks and unfavourable barrier draws.

With a measure of expectation surrounding the belated debut, Bridge said he was happy the horse lived up to some of his potential.

"He's really had a lousy preparation so it's a credit to the horse," Bridge said.

While jockey Tim Clark believes the colt has the potential to measure up in Saturday class and Group races in the future, he said Glenall may now need a break.

And Bridge is planning to do just that.

"I'm going to give him a little blow now because he's been in work a little while," Bridge said.

"I don't want to drive him crazy."

Clark rode the Bridge-trained Hot Danish to Group One glory and is confident Glenall can make his mark in stakes grade.

"I've haven't ridden many with the sheer speed he has," Clark said.

"It's just a matter of how long he can sustain that."

After Sezanne won strongly later in the day trainer Chris Waller said she was a live option to contest the Tea Rose Stakes at Rosehill on September 17.

"We opted not to go to the Furious this week so it's a stepping stone," Waller said.

"Her sister was an impressive winner today in Melbourne as well."

Champagne Ready powered home to claim well backed favourite I Boogi to take out the first race at Sandown.



Matt Coughlan - AAP

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