What’s the story?: Money rolls in for debutant Mornington Glory at Bendigo


Matt Laurie will unveil Mornington Glory at Bendigo
Matt Laurie will unveil Mornington Glory at Bendigo
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Punters were quick to take the opening price about three-year-colt Mornington Glory who will make his debut in a maiden plate over 1100m at Bendigo on Wednesday. 

The Matt Laurie colt caught the eye of trial and jump-out observers last month. 

Mornington Glory finished third in an official trial on a heavy Cranbourne track on August 9, before having another hit-out at Caulfield the following week, winning the jump-out in style. 

Mornington Glory looked very good in a hit out at Caulfield. Video: Melbourne Racing Club

He went up $2.40 with TAB for the opening race on the card at Bendigo, but a number of four-figure bets and a $10k wager has seen his price tumble into $1.85. 

As of Tuesday morning, the TAB reported that Mornington Glory was responsible for 91% of money held on the race. 

Significant wagers placed on the colt include bets of $2,000 and $1,000 at the opening quote and $10,000 at odds of $2.15. 

TAB’s Brad Bishop said the level of interest in the debutant was uncommon for a country maiden. 

“It’s been a long wait for those who spotted Mornington Glory at the trials more than a month ago and his fans didn’t waste any time getting involved once the Bendigo market went up, resulting in a level of trade we don’t normally see in a country maiden at this time of year.” 

Along with being met with support for his debut, there’s also been interest in the colt for a spring Group One. 

He’s currently $51 for the Caulfield Guineas, while he’s $34 for the Coolmore Stud Stakes, having been as much as $101.

Mornington Glory finished the trial off strongly in third. Video: Racing.com

Speaking with News Corp’s Gilbert Gardiner last month, Laurie said the Caulfield Guineas was likely to come around too quick. 

“Anything that shows you half a glimpse you’re putting nominations in, just to cover your bases. In all seriousness it’s probably going to come up a bit quick but he’s a horse we like, very keen to see what he can do when he gets to the races,” Laurie said.

“He’s an up and coming horse that we like, he’ll just have to prove it come raceday.”

Mornington Glory is a half-brother to two-time Group One winner Hallowed Crown, who is also now a Group One sire thanks to ATC Oaks winner Colette

Needs Further is another of his siblings, the noted sire of top Tasmanian gallopers including Mystic Journey and Deroche.

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