By Glenn Davis
Co-trainers Bryan and Daniel Guy missed having a runner in last year’s QTIS Jewel at the Gold Coast and are uncertain about their prospects for the big race next week.
Bryan Guy, who trains in partnership with son Daniel, will saddle up Broncks and debutante Voltri in the QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
But the duo is not sure whether Broncks will back-up to target the $500,000 feature on Saturday week.
“Broncks is eligible for The Jewel but the filly was bought in Adelaide and is ineligible,” Bryan Guy said.
Broncks has started only twice in his career finishing fifth on both occasions at Doomben.
The son of Lyndhurst Stud’s boom sire Better Than Ready cost $36,000 at last year’s QTIS March sales but has less than $4,000 in the bank and is unlikely to make the Aquis Jewel field.
Broncks figured prominently in the stewards’ report in his debut when he made heavy contact at the start with the David Vandyke-trained Iamican.
He later became unbalanced and raced greenly after suffering interference at the 1000 metres.
“He got flattened in his first start and in his second run he got back and did a good job to run fifth again at Doomben,” Guy said.
“He’s a QTIS horse from the March sale and is eligible for The Jewel but he’s well down the prizemoney list.
“I’m not sure even if he qualifies whether The Jewel would suit him as he’d have to come back in distance.”
Voltri, a daughter of Cluster, was passed in at the Adelaide sales after failing to reach her $30,000 reserve.
“She hasn’t shown much speed in her two trials, that’s why I’ve decided to go 1400 metres with her first up to see what she can show us,” Guy said.
Bookmakers have installed Toowoomba filly Sizzling Babe as a short priced $1.45 favourite with Broncks on the third line of betting at $7 and Voltri, the $19 outsider in the six-horse field.
Sizzling Babe is trained by Toowoomba’s Neville Saunders who is best known as the travelling foreman for former Toowoomba trainer Ron Maund.
Saunders was closely associated with former star sprinter Gold Edition who won more than $3.1 million in prizemoney with 17 wins and 13 placings from 37 starts.
Her greatest victories were in the Group 1 Ascot Vale Stakes at Flemington in 2006 and the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley in 2007.
Sizzling Babe, a daughter of Sizzling, won her maiden at Doomben in January and was a last start placegetter at Eagle Farm on February 23.
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