Mystical Grey Flying Into The Glasshouse

By: Ryan Clark
July 1st, 2011

If you like to back a horse based on momentum then in the Glasshouse Handicap tomorrow on the Sunshine Coast there’s pretty much only one option.

Mystical Grey has proved to be a revelation in 2011 and at six years old few saw this one coming at all.

One man who was at the very least hoping for this kind of run is trainer Craig Stott who moved up from Victoria and set up base at Caloundra at the end of last year.

The horse did show a bit of promise in his last preparation running consistently with two placings and proving competitive at Doomben and Eagle Farm.

In his final race though he really came to the fore winning at Caloundra by a massive five lengths.

That started his current run and this preparation his three starts have all returned easy victories.

First up he blew them away by five lengths once again on the Coast before going to the Spear Chief Handicap  and putting nearly two on them.

Last start at Doomben he had a huge 59.5kg but that didn’t stop him there either, winning by over a length and storming his way in the Glasshouse Handicap.

“He’s pleased us enormously, he’s certainly found the form that we thought he could show us,” Stott said.

“We knew we had a very good horse, Glen Boss rode him in a  trial at Cranbourne about 18 months ago.”

He says the horse has always had a bit of ability and down south he was unlucky on a few occasions.

“We were then going to target the grey’s race on Oaks Day, he was pre-race favourite but was scratched,” Stott said.

The one thing that could stop him in his tracks tomorrow though is the weather, it’s already borderline and anymore rain could seal his fate.

” We won’t want any more rain, he’s ran at Sandown on a heavy 10 but he doesn’t really handle the heavy  going so we want the track to improve,” he said.

All reports are that the horse has pulled up well after winning with the big weight and Stott says he could be even better for the run.

“I would like to think he’s improved, his bloods come back well,” he said.

“Eddie came back yesterday and said this horse is flying…if he runs up to his form he’s going to be very competitive.”

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