Which stable will gain glory at the 121st Gladstone Cup?
THE 121st running of the 1608m Gladstone Cup gets under way on Saturday, with some old stagers set to make an appearance.
Winner of the 2011 Cup and runner-up last year, Teddy Bare, returns to his field of dreams, looking to improve on his last-start fourth at Gladstone in late June.
The 11-year-old gelding will be looking to turn back the clock, and for those betting by name, Teddy Bare may appeal.
Of the last five winners, Teddy Bare was the closest to a local, trained in Rockhampton, but local horse Blaze to Fortune may be a chance this year, although it would be a Herculean effort if he can carry the 62kg to victory on the Ferguson Park sand.
Cup champion last year, Timecall, will not defend his title, having not raced for 347 days and the absence of the seven-year-old gelding opens the door for a local jockey to claim the title.
Winners in 2009 and 2010, Sea Dynasty and Afleet Boy appear to have also had time called on their careers, with over $180,000 in prize money between them.
Time will tell who will write their name into Gladstone Cup history today, but regardless who wins they are sure to do so in front of a packed house at Ferguson Park.