Tony Gollan ignores stunning strike rate as he turns his attention to winter carnival
TONY Gollan refuses to discuss his stable closing in on the long-standing record for most wins in a Brisbane season, preferring instead to concentrate on potential carnival pickings over the next two months.
Gollan’s haul of four winners at Doomben took him to within 15 wins of the record 78 put together by the late great Bruce McLachlan in 1987-88.
“I don’t want to jinx myself and I don’t want to think about it. I will let that take of itself,” Gollan said.
“I have more immediate goals, which are winning feature races over the carnival.
“It all comes down to having a good group of horses and I think coming into the carnival, we have a team that is capable of measuring up to some nice races.
“Now whether that turns out to be the Group 1s, or some of the minor support races, only time will tell.”
Proven performers like Temple Of Boom and Alma’s Fury, alongside emerging three-year-old fillies Traveston Girl and Hijack Hussy head the Gollan assault on the winter.
He has also acquired former Group 3 winner Hvasstan, who will retire to stud in Queensland after the carnival.
“There are those horses and then hopefully a few of the ones we had there on Saturday can also measure up,” Gollan said.
Gundy Spirit and Whiskey Allround fall into that bracket, as does Feels Like Home (second to Beau Jet) and impressive two-year-old Secret Saga.
Gollan rates the unbeaten Sheiswhatsheis very highly but is unsure how much further he goes with her this time around.
“It’s a bit different this year because we’ve lost two top-liners in Spirit Of Boom and Lookslikethecat, but hopefully a few of these others can step up to the mark now,” he said.
Thousand Guineas placegetter Traveston Girl will resume in the Gold Coast Guineas and if her form warrants it, she could head to the Stradbroke.