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Gary Glitter will shine in Shaw Trophy

Published:Saturday | March 4, 2017 | 3:00 AMOrville Clarke
GARY GLITTER (right), with Ryan Wilson aboard, losing by a nose to CHOO CHOO BLUE (Omar Walker) in a 1200 metres event on December 27 last year.

Bang in form GARY GLITTER is tipped to complete a hat-trick of wins in today's open allowance feature over the straight for the Hon. Audley Shaw Trophy to be contested by nine starters at Caymanas Park.

Trained by Dalton Sirjue for owner Gordon Lewis, the four-year-old bay gelding by Deputy Glitters out of True Virtue looked awesome when scoring back to back fast-time wins in overnight company this season and although stepping up in class with topweight of 57.0kg, seems heading for the top level in present frame of mind.

He simply destroyed the opposition over 1200 metres on February 8, strolling home by 6 3/4 lengths from SIR BUDGET in the smart time of 1:11.1. And before that on January 14, he won easily over the round five course in a fast 58.3.

 

STIFF COMPETITION

 

Although stiff competition is expected from proven campaigner CRUCIAL APPEAL (a former grade one winner) and the consistent SIR BUDGET, GARY GLITTER has come on to such an extent in recent months that he looks the type to follow with winning rider Rayan Wilson again in the saddle.

"I'm very pleased with his progress," said Sirjue "Based on his two wins this season he seems to be going places and although facing his stiffest test to date, I fancy his chances.

"This is a horse who acts well over the straight and although the speed of SIR BUDGET, CRUCIAL APPEAL and POLLY B will test his mettle, his mid-race pace could prove a decisive factor in the outcome," added the trainer.

For me, the choice has to be GARY GLITTER, with the MIchael Beecham-trained SIR BUDGET his chief threat.

On a day when the remaining races will offer trophies in honour of Caymanas Track Limited chairman Danville Walker, managing director Shane Dalling and other board members, I also like NINELIFECAT to win the Shane Dalling Trophy over the straight ahead of CRAFTY STAR; recent winner FRANCIA'S PRIDE to repeat in the third for the Keith Blake Trophy, GOODOL'UNCLELINK in the second for the Ed Barnes Trophy and LAWS OF THE CODE in the Hon. Fayval Williams Trophy.