Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Glenthorn Avenue at Home on the Sand

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Glenthorn Avenue at Home on the Sand

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TURF TOPICS: The threat of retirement and a special diet to combat a virus may have contributed to veteran galloper Glenthorn Avenue's dominant win in last Saturday's $22,000 Nolan Meats Muster Cup over 1600m.

The Muster Cup victory gave the Bel Esprit nine-year-old his most lucrative Gympie win for Wondai owner and trainer Lindsay Anderson.

Glenthorn Avenue has now won seven of his 15 Gympie starts as well as being placed in a Gympie Cup and a Muster Cup.

Last Saturday's $14,080 winner's cheque took his earnings since joining the Anderson stable in June 2014 to just over $93,000.

His trainer said a virus had gone through his stable affecting Glenthorn Avenue, and blood tests had shown that the virus depleted protein in the horse's system.

As a result, he had been feeding a special protein supplement and Glenthorn Avenue had shown a significant improvement since the diet change.

Coming off an unlucky second in the 1194m Gladstone Newmarket the previous Saturday, Glenthorn Avenue ($4.50) was ridden an excellent tactical race by his usual jockey, Gemma Steele.

In running, Gemma had tracked up behind last start Gladstone Cup winner, Heroism ($3, L. Tilley) when he made a move at the 600m and then surged past him in the straight to dash clear for a five length victory over the Rockie trained Heroism.

The Anderson stable now has the two co-leaders in the race for the $5000 three Cups challenge with stablemate of Glenthorn Avenue, Clouds, having won the first leg of the Challenge, the $10 000 RSL Cup in July. This contest will conclude with the 1600m Gympie Cup in October.

Nightmare trip

GLADSTONE trainer, Dennis Schultz endured a nightmare trip to Gympie with his two horses with both being late scratching due ro injury en route.

First, after a commotion in his two horse float, Dennis glanced in the rear vision mirror to see one of his supposed passengers, El Gradino, standing in the middle of the Bruce Hwy. …

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