Tumut Cup winner Great Glen has surprised punters, finishing third in Friday’s Albury Gold Cup when starting the race as the 100/1 outsider.
The Todd Smart runner was a conspicuous last heading into the home turn in the 2000m event but with a fast pace clapped on in the early stages, Great Glen took the inside run to storm home, beaten only 2.19 lengths by Spunlago in first and Maid of Ore in second.
Ridden by popular Southern District jockey Michael Heagney, the pair helped connections net $17,750 in prize money, but most importantly, the eight-year-old High Chaparral gelding demonstrated he still has a few good runs left in him.
“I was rapt in the run mate,” Smart said.
“He was last at the turn but he showed that big finish to storm home for third.”
The former Gundagai trainer went on to explain that his old-stager still has a few good results left in the tank.
“He might be eight but he has only had 47 starts and he is probably in the best condition he has ever been in,” Smart said.
“He has had a few issues but we have him right now and I think he will be good for a win soon.”
Great Glen will now prepare for the Gundagai Cup, which will be held Sunday, April 5 but Smart is worried he might be allotted the top weight.
“I would love to have run him in the Gundagai Cup, I think he would be a genuine chance but after running a place in the listed event at Albury, the handicapper might have some extra weight for him,” Smart said,
The Canberra trainer said that connections might even entertain the option of heading to Sydney or Melbourne for a city staying event in the near future.
“I want to get him over 2200m or 2400m,” Smart said.
“We might even find a suitable race in town, or going to Victoria but that will all depend on travel bans and what Racing NSW says about visiting city tracks.”
Great Glen’s next assignment will be the Murrumbidgee Turf Club Country Cup on Monday, March 30.
The 2000m Open Handicap will have some of the region’s best stayers in action and carries a prize purse of $25,000.