Pienkna flies solo for Gollan at Doomben
Trainer Tony Gollan will rely on Pienkna instead of Thousand Guineas placegetter Traveston Girl as his runner in the Hardy Brothers Jewellers Handicap at Doomben on Saturday.
Gollan has switched plans for Traveston Girl with the filly to resume in Sydney next week.
“At this stage she will have a short autumn carnival in Sydney before possibly coming back for the winter,” Gollan said.
Veteran jockey Jim Cassidy has been booked to ride Traveston Girl at Randwick.
Gollan says he is keen for Pienkna to get back into a winning groove as she resumes after two unplaced runs during the Melbourne spring carnival.
“She didn’t handle the straight at her first run at Flemington and then the track was wet at Moonee Valley when she was unplaced in the Champange Stakes,” Gollan said.
“In hindsight I should have stopped her campaign after Flemington. But she has had a couple of jump-outs and I hope she races well on Saturday,” he said.
Gollan has entered Pienkna for the Arrowfield Sprint at Randwick on April 11 but insists she must be racing well to earn an interstate trip.
The trainer will also closely monitor the effort of Best Of The Rest to find out if the stayer can be a fringe winter carnival horse.
Best Of The Rest, who has won both of his starts for Gollan since coming from Sydney, will contest the Sapphire Recruitment Handicap.
“If he races well we will look at races like the Ipswich Cup and Toowoomba Cup for him in the winter,” Gollan added.
Gollan has elected to run prolific-winning sprinter Rocket To Glory in the Listed Falvelon Quality.
Story courtesy Mark Oberhardt http://www.megaform.com.au