Interstate visitors will again dominate the betting in the final of the Group 2 Glen Gallon @ Stud Queensland Derby (520m) on Thursday night at Albion Park.
The Victorian visitors My Silver Chisel (David Burnett, Box 1) and Dundee Osprey (Box 8), now in the care of Tony Brett, are battling for early favouritism with UBET, coming up at $2.65 and $3.30 respectively.
The Burnett-trained My Silver Chisel was the equal fastest qualifier from last week’s three heats clocking 29.97 from an unsuitable box six draw. He reeled in early leaders Finito and Zabdon Ferrari to record a convincing two and three quarter length victory and has come up with the all-important rails draw in the final. His trainer is no stranger to Albion Park feature race success, with the popularly named Kiss Me Ketut taking out the 2013 edition of the Group 1 Brisbane Cup.
Dundee Osprey, formerly in the care of his owner Geoffrey Scott-Smith, was only third to My Silver Chisel last week but will be improved for the run. He will no doubt be supported on the strength of his Melbourne form, which includes a 29.11 win at Sandown Park over the 515m.
The main local challenger is Thirty Talks, the second of three Tony Brett-trained runners lining up in the final. The brindle son of Where’s Pedro has shown plenty of raw ability in a short race career, which saw him start favourite in the final of the rich Vince Curry Memorial Maiden and he also posted a victory in a heat of Launching Pad at Sandown. He also recorded a 29.97 win in last week’s heat, and being in the care of one of Queensland’s leading trainers, he is not without hope despite the awkward box six draw.
Brett also has Zabdon Ferrari, second to likely race favourite My Silver Chisel after showing some early pace. He has box five in Thursday’s final.
The third heat winner, Fabulous Bill, for 2015 Brisbane Club Trainer of the Year Bill Elson has come up with box four after the typically consistent chaser toughed out a 30.17 win over New South Wales visitor France Soir.
The remainder of the field is comprised of the aforementioned France Soir (Robert Cooke, Box 2), Gelantipy Gold (Selena Zammit, Box 3) and 2016 Group 2 Ipswich Auction winner Magical Yessam (Don Massey, Box 7).
The $47,500-to-the-winner Group 2 feature will be run as race seven on the ten race card, jumping at 8:52pm.