Head coach Tony Gollan makes hay while the sun is shining, dominating the start of the Queensland Summer Carnival at Doomben on Saturday with four winners, including three feature films.
It was stable star Zoustyle ($ 2.15) who provided the climax, supporting his scintillating first track record a fortnight ago to win Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1,200m) in the same fashion.
In a show of strength, Baller ($ 5.50) completed a Gollan quintet in the race, winning ahead of Stampe ($ 21) and Hard Empire ($ 31).
Gollan will now seek a generic entry into the $ 1million Magic Millions Snippets for Zoustyle, who improved his Queensland record to nine wins in nine starts.
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“He’s doing a great job, isn’t he?” He broke the record for that long layoff on the Sunny Coast and I’m always worried about the peak audience when they produce this kind of run and then backing them up 14 days later, âsaid Gollan.
âHe didn’t show us any worries at home and he just went out and did what he’s doing right today.
“He’s a horse that is now relaxing so well in these intermediate stages, Stampe wanted to put a little pressure on him in the turn but he was always going to be hard to run over.”
In dramatic pre-race scenes, the well-backed Shooting For Gold was scratched by vets after knocking down jockey Boris Thornton in the gates after breeding, also disturbing Simply Fly, which was also scratched.
While Gollan believed Baller might be the one to defeat Zoustyle ahead of the race, it was a one-act deal as Zoustyle led as he liked him through the first 600 meters of the race.
Zoustyle was one of four Tony Gollan winners at Doomben. Image: photograph at the edge of the track
âBaller was really good, after that good draw he was Johnny On The Spot, he just needed a little more pressure to get applied on Zoustyle but both horses were good,â said Gollan.
âI really felt that if there was a flaw in Zoustyle’s armor, it could be Baller – they were both for me and they ran one-two.
âThe more races he wins the more weight he gains in the next one, but that’s a good problem to have, so if we can get a wildcard in the Millions, we get one.
âThe goal with this horse is to get him home and make sure he’s in one piece, he’s a fragile animal. Hopefully you’ll see it here on Boxing Day, and then hopefully on Magic Millions Day.
It marked a roller coaster day for jockey Brad Stewart, who was able to return as a regular Zoustyle rider but also faced the wrath of the stewards, facing a load of reckless driving earlier in the day. .
Rival Ryan Maloney handed the reins to Zoustyle a fortnight ago, with Stewart serving a former suspension, but relations were quick to hand him over.
“Ryan did a terrific job on him on his last start and these days it’s not often that you break a winning combination, but they’ve shown me a lot of loyalty and I’m so grateful to them.” , said Stewart.
Miami Fleiss gets her Eureka moment
No more quick firecrackers, Miami Fleiss announced herself as a winning mare in dominant mode at Doomben on Saturday.
Once considered a speedball who was his own worst enemy, the Tony Gollan-trained mare has now matured and landed his biggest prize yet in the Listed Eureka Stud Classic (1200m) to start the Magic Millions challenge. within a month’s time.
Jockey Stephanie Thornton produced the race of the day to have Spirit Of Boom’s daughter in first place despite barrier 14 in what was a shocking chance after getting barrier four a week ago in the same race before she it is not carried away.
In a sliding door moment, Gollan admitted luck played a role in Miami Fleiss’ victory, saying she would have been scratched last week had they chosen to run on a heavy track.
Thornton now has a solid grip on the race having also won the Pink Ribbon Cup in his last start.
Miami Fleiss claimed their first stakes win in the Eureka Stud Classic at Doomben. Image: photograph at the edge of the track
âMy heart sank a bit as we went from gate four to gate 19 (before the scratchings) but she’s come a long way this mare since I last sat on her in the Gold Coast “she said.
âWe ended up in a situation that I didn’t think was possible on paper and she did the rest. We tried something different in barriers with her and it worked, she is still not perfect but she will continue to improve.
Gollan praised the race, saying the race did not go as originally planned.
With a 1300m filly and mare race in the lead on Magic Millions day, Gollan says Miami Fleiss has developed a devastating turn.
âShe’s not the quick squib she used to be, she’s really changing her racing pattern, she’s lost a bit of that initial speed now and she’s got that finishing flurry,â he said.
âShe gave him a good lap, an ounce of luck is worth a kilometer of judgment, she was a bit lucky in that first corner.
Once she got one and followed Lyrical Girl and got that blanket she produced it at the right time and deadset gave her an 11 out of 10.