Bold Glance will take another step along the path to spring racing on Saturday when he lines up at Doomben in the Mount Franklin Open Handicap (1350m).
Trained by Norm Hilton, the former Doncaster place-getter is gearing up for a second trip to Sydney with the Group 1 Epsom Handicap named as the major target.
The Toowoomba-based gelding struggled in two starts during the autumn before the discovery of a throat problem that required surgery.
Bold Glance has since resumed with two promising winter outings which has Hilton believing that he can return to the sort of form that once made him one of Queensland’s best gallopers.
Hilton said he had fully recovered from the throat operation and was impressed with his last-start third in the Ascot Handicap on July 7.
“He’s right to go, he ran a good race last start. He’s come back well and we’re really happy with him,” Hilton said.
The rising seven-year-old is currently a $6.00 second favourite to win Saturday’s $50,000 event and Hilton is hoping for an improved run as he heads toward the spring.
“We’ve got the Epsom in the back of our minds,” Hilton said.
The Toowoomba trainer has booked in-form apprentice Anthony Allen to ride his stable star after being impressed with his sensational effort when booting home five winners at Doomben two weeks ago.
“We’ll go with Anthony Allen, he’s going really well at the moment,” Hilton said.
A winner of more than $750,000 in prize money, Bold Glance will be out to end a 15-month winning drought, having not scored top honours since the Carbine Club Gold Coast Stakes in March last year.
Spring plans have not yet been made for fellow Hilton-trained gelding Carry Me Bluey who finished third in the Tattersall’s Mile at Eagle Farm last weekend.