Tony Gollan satisfied he has necessary firepower to make presence felt during Melbourne spring carnival
TONY Gollan is upbeat he has the firepower necessary to strike some major blows in the next two months but will know for sure when all five of his spring contenders resume at Flemington on Saturday.
Stradbroke runner-up Temple Of Boom and Alma’s Fury will both return in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m), Looks Like The Cat will line up in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) and fillies Traveston Girl and Pienkna will battle it out in the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m).
Brisbane trainer Gollan knows what to expect from his Group 1 winner Temple Of Boom but is more excited about seeing how the next generation — Pienkna, Looks Like The Cat and Traveston Girl — handle the pressure-cooker environment of the spring carnival.
“It’s a pretty exciting time particularly with the younger horses,” Gollan said.
“I feel I’ve got the right horses to take away and I wouldn’t take them away willy-nilly.”
Gollan has big aims for all five horses this spring.
Temple Of Boom (Manikato Stakes/ Darley Classic) and Alma’s Fury (Sir Rupert Clarke/Toorak Handicap) will go their separate ways, while three-year-olds Pienkna (Blue Sapphire), Looks Like The Cat (Caulfield Guineas) and Traveston Girl (Thousand Guineas) all have different goals as well.
And while six-year-old Alma’s Fury has failed to shape up to Group 1 racing in the past, Gollan is genuinely excited by his spring prospects.
“It’s his second prep with me now and I feel I’ve got a far better understanding of him now,” Gollan said.
“He is going really well and whether he measures up to Group 1 level in the handicaps I’m not sure but his two wins back-to-back in the winter have given this horse a huge confidence boost.”
As for Temple Of Boom, Gollan feels he could be vulnerable first-up but his love affair with the Flemington straight means he can’t be ignored this weekend.
“He will be top weight with 59.5kg and you have to say he is vulnerable but he is such a good straight horse that you couldn’t leave him out,” he said.
“He ran second to Speediness in the race last year second up and he is going every bit as good as that if not better this prep.”
Gollan feels Pienkna will be better suited by the 1100m than Traveston Girl in the Cap D’Antibes Stakes and is convinced Looks Like The Cat will relish racing up the Flemington straight in the Danehill.
“I think he will really handle the straight … and he might be more vulnerable second up around Caulfield rather than first-up even,” he said.
“He is very forward in his prep … and he is certainly ready to run very, very well.”
Damian Browne will ride Looks Like The Cat, Traveston Girl and Alma’s Fury, while Gold Coast jockey Tegan Harrison will pilot Pienkna and Temple Of Boom.