The Mike Moroney trained Glass Harmonium dominates betting in the 2011 Brisbane Cup, and has been listed a $1.90 favourite.
The former English galloper dominated the opposition in the Eagle Farm Cup, beating home Group One winners Shoot Out and Scenic Shot. He also has form around Doomben Cup winner and fellow import My Kingdom of Fife. Glass Harmonium was second in the Hollindale Stakes and third in the Group One Doomben Cup. Both races were won by My Kingdom of Fife.
The impressive five year old grey also showed his versatility by sitting up on the speed in the Eagle Farm Cup, something he never did in his career in England.
There have been some doubts over the ability of Glass Harmonium to perform on the quick back up, but trainer Mike Moroney was quick to put those to bed.
“This is the first time coming off the quick back up but I think he’ll handle it OK. He’s come through the race well and put in some good work this morning. He gets in nicely at the weights too which is a plus.” Moroney said.
Moroney will also saddle up Tinseltown and Viking Hero in the Brisbane Cup.
Tinseltown will be reunited with jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who was injured after falling from Tinseltown in the Sydney Cup.
Tinseltown, who is currently rated an $11.00 chance in the Brisbane Cup, finished a gallant second behind Shuffle the Cash in the Premier’s Cup at Doomben and Moroney believes he will be fitter for the run.
Moroney’s third runner is Viking Hero, who is currently being quoted at $21.00 on Luxbet.
Moroney recently made the decision to geld the horse and he believes it has worked a treat.
“He’s going terrific. He’s really come of age now. He’s a completely different horse since we made the decision to geld him. I think he’s a horse on the rise, and could be the big improver in the race.”
While many of the horses in the Brisbane Cup have been coming through the traditional winter carnival lead in events, the Gerald Ryan trained Ironstein comes into the race, with solid Sydney form under his belt.
At his last race start Ironstein won the McKell Cup over the Brisbane Cup distance of 2400m at Rosehill. Prior to that he was third in the Wagga Gold Cup behind Voice Commander.
Ironstein, who is currently second favourite for the Brisbane Cup at $8.00 will be one of the horses who will be disadvantaged if the forecast rain hits before the Brisbane Cup. Trainer Gerald Ryan has said that his galloper is much better on drier ground and has scratched the gelding in the past to avoid wet tracks.
Asides from Glass Harmonium and Ironstein, the only other runner under double figures is the Gai Waterhouse trained Tullamore at $8.50.
Tullamore is set to be ridden by Chris Munce, who will be chasing his fourth win in the Brisbane Cup, after winning the race last year on imported galloper Crossthestart.
Tullamore finished second in the 2400m Winter Cup at Rosehill and Waterhouse believes the horse is in with a real chance in the Brisbane Cup.
“Tullamore has been making steady progress and Chris Munce’s local knowledge will be a big asset.
“He had every chance in the Winter Cup but I feel he’s earned his spot in the Brisbane Cup,” said Waterhouse.
The John Sadler trained The Chevron is currently $11.00 for the Brisbane Cup, but he is also second emergency for the Queensland Derby and Sadler has confirmed that he will start in the Derby if he gets the opportunity.
Brian Guy’s ghostly grey Shuffle the Cash had been getting a reputation as a non-winner, but that was rectified by jockey Luke Nolen in the gelding’s last start in the Premier’s Cup.
The Premier’s Cup is one of the traditional lead up races to the Brisbane Cup, and thanks to a masterful ride by Nolen, Shuffle the Cash was able to salute.
Shuffle the Cash will again be partnered by Luke Nolen and is listed as a $13.00 chance in the Group Two Brisbane Cup.
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