Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Scratched from the Glasshouse Handicap because of a heavy track, Adnocon will line up at Eagle Farm on Saturday regardless of the conditions.
The gelding is one of 11 final acceptors for the Listed Ascot Handicap (1200m), one of two stakes races on the Eagle Farm program along with the Group Three Queen's Cup (3200m).
Trainer Gerald Ryan withdrew Adnocon from last Saturday's Glasshouse on race morning citing the gelding's poor heavy track record.
"It was only because of the track," Ryan said.
"He's won on slow going but nothing worse than that.
"After I scratched him Saturday morning I worked him late and I was wishing I hadn't had to scratch him."
Adnocon resumed with a solid third to subsequent Glasshouse winner Belltone in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich last month.
While the Ascot Handicap wasn't in Ryan's original plans, it is now an imperative part of them.
"He has to run Saturday because I want to go to 1600 metres with him in two weeks, the Tattersall's Mile," said Ryan who won the 2006 Tatt's Mile with Spirit Of Tara.
Bold Glance, who won the Ascot Handicap two years ago, is topweight for Saturday's renewal with 59kg.
He has drawn well in barrier two while Adnocon, the second top-weighted runner with 56.5kg, has the rail.