Looks Like The Cat ready for Melbourne debut
Smart galloper Brisbane galloper Looks Like The Cat will race in blinkers for the first time when he takes on the cream of Melbourne’s three-year-olds in the Danehill Stakes on Saturday.
Looks Like The Cat will head a strong team for premier Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan who is planning a major assault on the Melbourne spring carnival.
Gollan has long held the belief Looks Like The Cat is one of the best three-year-olds in Australia and encouraged connections to knock back a mammoth offer from Hong Kong.
His opinion was proven correct during the Brisbane winter when Looks Like The Cat was placed in the Group One JJ Atkins Stakes and the Group Two BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.
“Looks Like The Cat has done well in his break and travelled well to Melbourne,” Gollan said.
“But we have been thinking for a long while that he will be a blinkers horse.”
Gollan said his three-year-old fillies Pienkna and Traveston Girl were starting to settle in after being a bit lost after arriving in new surrounds.
“You would expect them to find it strange being away from home but they worked at Flemington on Tuesday and seem to be settling in a lot better,” he said.
Gollan said there were no such worries with old-timer Temple of Boom, who will contest the Bobbie Lewis Stakes on Saturday.
“I put Temple on the plane on Wednesday morning and he was just an old gentleman. One of the boys quipped he could have flown the plane he had done it so often,” Gollan said.
Gollan will use jockeys Tegan Harrison and Damian Browne during the carnival.
“Tegan has show she is a top-class jockey in Brisbane and Damian doesn’t need any introduction. He is one of the best Group One jockeys in Australia,” Gollan said.