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By Glenn Davis
Caloundra trainer Darryl Hansen could have up to four runners in north Queensland’s famous sprint - the Cleveland Bay Handicap - if Bring It Home Pop is successful at Townsville on Tuesday.
Hansen continues his northern winter sojourn with Bring It Home Pop in the Open Handicap over 1200 metres, while Royal Atom will bid for a Townsville Cup start in the 2000-metres Benchmark 60 Handicap.
The Cleveland Bay Handicap (1300m) has long been regarded as the Stradbroke of the north and will be run on the same day as the Townsville Cup at Cluden Park on Friday week.
Hansen has been a regular visitor for the winter carnivals in Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns in recent years.
He has won has four Rockhampton Newmarket Handicaps, a Mackay Cup and Townsville Cup but is yet to win the major trophies in the Rockhampton Cup or Cleveland Bay.
“Dr Zous and Fabuonh are both headed for the Cleveland Bay and Cairns Newmarket while Monsieur Gustave also will run the Cleveland Bay,” Hansen said.
“Bring It Home Pop gets his chance to head to the Cleveland Bay if he runs well in Townsville tomorrow.”
SPRINGTON PARK THOROUGHBRED SPELLING FARM OPEN Handicap 1050m
Bring It Home Pop faces a much harder task in his quest for the Cleveland Bay when he lines up against a strong field headed by in-form sprinters Love Is Blind, Desert Cowboy, Tango Rain and Cedarwood.
Bring It Home Pop’s win was his first since he was successful as a three-year-old at Doomben in November 2017.
He later was transferred to Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn but he failed in six starts before he was back in Hansen’s care last November.
Meanwhile, Hansen expects a strong showing from Royal Atom following his last start fifth to North Afrika over 1600 metres at Rockhampton on July 17.
“It was a great run considering it was only his second run this campaign,” Hansen said.
“He got a long way back but he really hit the line well.
“His main ambition is the Cairns Cup but it will be great if he runs well tomorrow and can get into the Townsville Cup.
“I won the Townsville Cup with Hussonator a few years ago but I’ve never won the Cleveland Bay though I ran second in it with Luxford in 2003.”
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