Adnocon will head to the Glasshouse Handicap in top form after making it back to back wins in the listed $176,500 Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich on Saturday.
Ridden by Damian Browne, Adnocon came with a well timed run to reel in the leaders in the straight and then hold out the favourite Gundy Sun in an all Magic Millions finish.
The performance was strong considering the son of Clang was trapped deep for much of the race – but in his first run since a sixth placing at Randwick in February.
Adnocon is trained by Gerald Ryan and his stable foreman Brad Banfield said today’s win capped a long term ambition to win the race for the second time.
“Gerald and I sat down to work out what we would bring up for the carnival and it was then that he told me he wanted to set this horse for the Eye Liner,” Banfield told AAP.
“We gave him plenty of work before we left home, he had two trials and he’s done a treat since he arrived two weeks ago.”
“He was three-deep all the way but there was immense pressure up front and he thrived on that,” Banfield added.
Ryan wasn’t on course at Ipswich but he confirmed from Sydney that his sprint star would run next in the Glasshouse Handicap on July 2. He ran second in last year’s Glasshouse at the Sunshine Coast.
Purchased for just $18,000 from the draft of Warrandale Stud at the 2007 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Adnocon has now earned over $488,000.
His part owners include Brisbane race caller David Fowler and local bookie Hadyn Flynn.
Adnocon is a five-year-old son of Clang and one of five winners for his good producing dam Gwenn.
A placegetter at three, Gwenn is a half sister to Sister of Soul – the dam of eight time international stakes winner Indigo Girl.
Aside from Adnocon, Gwenn has produced a winner in New Zealand and Korea, while her two other winners have been successful in Australia – one of them St Gwenn, a seven time winner, is the dam of Shockie.
Adnocon’s second dam, the Jalmood mare M Twenty Five, is a half sister to the former stakes winning juvenile and champion New Zealand based sire Star Way.