Pienkna must step up for Gollan
Trainer Tony Gollan is prepared to pull the pin on the Melbourne spring carnival campaign of classy filly Pienkna if he is not happy with her this week.
Pienkna won her first two starts in Brisbane before finishing eighth the Cap D’Antibes Handicap at Flemington on September 13.
She is entered for the Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield on October 15 but will have to please Gollan this week to continue her mission. Gollan will fly to Melbourne on Monday night to supervise the next steps in the campaigns of his five-horse spring carnival team.
“The one I will be having a good look at is Pienkna. She was lost down the straight and ran a good race but I probably made a mistake by telling Tegan (jockey Harrison) to hold her up,” Gollan said.
“She was looking around and I would have been better off telling Tegan to just let her run. She is a very good filly but this is her first campaign and I don’t want to tax her.”
Gollan said if Pienkna pleased him in her work on Tuesday she would run at the Moonee Valley night meeting on Friday.
He will also finalise the campaigns for his other Melbourne visitors Looks Like The Cat, Temple of Boom, Alma’s Fury and Traveston Girl.
Meanwhile, former Victorian mare Zoomania will have to repeat her good performance at Doomben on Saturday to join her stablemates in the south.
Zoomania was an eye catching nose second in a 1350m fillies and mares race at her second start for Gollan.
“I will be keeping close tabs on Zoomania with a view to the mare heading south,” Gollan said.”
“She is a seven-year-old but like all of her sire Zabeel’s offspring she is getting better with age.”