Looks Like The Cat ready to pounce on Melbourne Spring Carnival
FLASHY chestnut Looks Like The Cat has matured from a boy to a man and trainer Tony Gollan is even daring to dream of the $3 million Cox Plate.
It might sound like a fantasy.
But there is no doubting the potential of the striking three-year-old who got his name because he looks like baldy-faced assassin Apache Cat, the eight-time Group 1 winner with unique white markings.
While Looks Like The Cat’s primary Melbourne Spring Carnival target is the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), he has also been nominated for the Cox Plate.
He might be $100-1 in early markets but Gollan is making no apologies for Cox Plate dreaming.
“We are all the same, we are all dreaming in the early stages of the Spring and that is what it is all about,” Gollan said.
“I saw Gai Waterhouse the other day was dreaming up all sorts of ideas with her three-year-old Almalad as well.
“These are rising three-year-olds and into their classic year.
“You nominate them for all the big races and you see how it all pans out throughout the Spring.
“More often than not you get disappointed, but you never know if you don’t nominate them for the big races.”
Looks Like The Cat joined fellow Gollan stable Spring hopefuls Temple Of Boom and Alma’s Fury in a 800m jumpout at Eagle Farm on Tuesday morning to prepare for their Melbourne trip.
The trio worked well but most eyes were on Looks Like The Cat who wore blinkers in an experiment which is likely to be repeated during his Melbourne mission.
Jockey Damian Browne, who maintains Looks Like The Cat was a certainty beaten when running third behind Almalad in the Group 1 JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm in June, was delighted
with the jumpout.
Browne reported Looks Like The Cat has returned from a break “bigger and stronger” and the blinkers sharpened him up and helped him to focus.
“The horse has got plenty of ability but it is just the matter of him doing things right,” Browne said.
“In the JJ Atkins he was reluctant to come out from behind the two horses in front of him and I really had to drag him out. He should have won, I have no doubt about that. He was a big baby back then, very immature.
“He has come back much bigger and stronger. If he gets his racing manners sorted out, which he appears to have improved a lot, there is no reason why he won’t be extremely competitive in Melbourne.”
While Spirit Of Boom’s grand career has come to an end and he has started a new career at stud, Gollan feels older brother Temple Of Boom is on track for an impressive Melbourne campaign.
Temple Of Boom is an eight-year-old but has never been in better shape heading to Melbourne.
And it appears he doesn’t miss his younger brother Spirit Of Boom around the Gollan stables.
“I wouldn’t say he misses him. Temple Of Boom is a very matey horse who will be mates with anybody,” Gollan laughed.