By Glenn Davis
Classy mare Outback Barbie will spearhead premier trainer Tony Gollan’s five-pronged attack on the Keith Noud Quality at Doomben on Saturday.
The Listed feature, to be run over 1200 metres, traditionally has been the launching pad for the State’s top sprinters aiming for the lucrative Queensland summer sprints.
Gollan has won the past six trainers’ premierships and is a runaway leader more than 20 wins ahead of nearest rival Stu Kendrick in his hunt for a seventh title.
He won last year’s Keith Noud Quality with Most Important and also finished third in the same race with I’m A Rippa.
As well as Outback Barbie, who drew barrier four, Gollan will be a busy man saddling I’m A Rippa (barrier 3), Coldstone (barrier 1), Snitch (barrier 15) and Vega One who jumps from gate nine.
The quintet is part of 14 runners Gollan has entered for the 10-race Doomben meeting.
Outback Barbie has not started since failing in the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara at Eagle Farm in June but has been impressive in two barrier trial wins ahead of her comeback.
The four-year-old daughter of Spirit Of Boom finished a close up third in the Magic Millions Guineas in January and was far from disgraced at the highest level during the winter when fifth in the Doomben 10,000 and seventh in the Kingsford Smith Cup.
Gollan could have sent Outback Barbie interstate for the spring but after a long spell preferred to target the Queensland summer riches.
“I’m very pleased with all my runners and they’re all coming along well as they head towards different targets over the summer,” Gollan said.
“Outback Barbie is well weighted with 54kgs and comes into this race well and I’m A Rippa is going great but he has to carry a big weight with 59kgs.”
Gollan will give Outback Barbie her next start in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes on November 30.
“She’ll run in the George Moore in three weeks next start before she aims for the Magic Millions day in January,” he said.
“There’s three races she’s eligible for on Magic Millions day, the Cup, the fillies and mares race and the QTIS race so we’ve got plenty of time to decide which way to go.
“I thought she ran well during the winter in some of the bigger races but she was a little disappointing for some reason towards the end of her winter campaign.”
While Gollan favoured Outback Barbie as the pick of his team in the Keith Noud Quality he expected Vega One to also be highly competitive.
“I really like Vega One. He’s a very good horse who is coming along nicely for the summer,” he said.
Vega One hasn’t started since winning in three-year-old grade at Eagle Farm in June.
Racing Queensland webnews November 6