Queensland star Glen Gallon has been installed a $3.50 favourite after drawing box one in the Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun – this year worth $150,000 to the winner for the first time in the race’s 19-year history.
Trained by Tony Brett (who took out the 2005 version of this race with Black Enforcer), Glen Gallon will push his prizemoney to over $450,000 if successful in Saturday’s Group 1 extravaganza. The son of U.S. sire Flying Stanley and Incoherent sent an ominous warning to his rivals with a sizzling 29.66 trial at The Meadows last week. His record of three wins from five starts off the red box underlines his favouritism in Australia’s richest invitation-only event.
Reigning Australian Cup winner Zara Zulu has also fared well after the box draw, with the Ros Hume-trained star to exit box two on Saturday night. The daughter of Mogambo and Zulu Zepha is blessed with enough early speed to take up a prominent position in the all-important run to the first turn.
Andrea Dailly and Jason Thompson both go into this year’s event with a two-pronged attack, with Thompson aiming to win his third Topgun after successes with No Intent and Whisky Assassin.
New South Wales will be represented by the speedy Bye Bye Bucks – already a Group winner when exiting box eight in July.
As always, patrons on course for the 2012 TOPGUN will have the chance to win some amazing prizes, including AFL memberships, bikes for the children, TAB giveaways and entertainment for all ages in what has become one of the biggest nights at The Meadows.
2012 Topgun Box Draw
$150,000 to winner Group 1 525m Invitation only.
- Box 1 – Glen Gallon Tony Brett 29.69
- Box 2 – Zara Zulu Ros Hume 29.75
- Box 3 – Don’t Knocka Him Jason Thompson NBT
- Box 4 – Spud Regis Andrea Dailly 30.04
- Box 5 – Desalle Bale Graeme Bate 29.88
- Box 6 – Heston Bale Andrea Dailly 29.45rec
- Box 7 – Peggy May Jason Thompson 29.89
- Box 8 – Bye Bye Bucks Ken Lewis FSH
- 1st Res – David Bale Graeme Bate 29.83
- 2nd Res – Transcend Time Mark Azzopardi FSH