VARIOUS factors are against him at Redcliffe tomorrow night, but that’s no reason to disregard Glenferrie Hood as a genuine chance in the Gold Cup.
One of five entrants on the 10-metre line, Glenferrie Hood will begin from the outside for trainer Wayne Graham.
The 10-year-old’s draw is a result of his ODS status.
Then there is also the ‘tricky’ Redcliffe circuit to consider according to Graham.
“He has a lot going against him before the race even starts,” Graham said. “He’s not the most reliable from the stand as it is and he has to come from the 10-metre mark, which is not easy at Redcliffe.
“The track isn’t ideal for coming from behind given it has three straights and turns.
“Add the big field into the equation and it’s going to be pretty difficult for him.
“That said, he’s feeling good within himself and ready to run a good race.
“He’s going to need plenty of luck, but if he gets it he’ll let them know he’s there.”
Although Tennyson Bromac is the early favourite, Graham believes the feature is primed for an upset.
A member of the Grant Dixon stable, Tennyson Bromac will also come from the 10-metre line.
“Tennyson Bromac and Northview Hustler are the pair to beat but like us they’re coming from 10 metres,” Graham said.
“If one of the front markers leads and sets an even tempo it’ll be hard for any of them to get into the race.”