By Glenn Davis
Leading trainer Tony Gollan is hoping for an early strike with a team of eight runners in four feature races of the Brisbane winter carnival at Doomben on Saturday.
Gollan, a runaway leader in the Brisbane trainers’ premiership, suffered a major blow for the winter when his best hope Most Important was sent to the spelling paddock forcing him to miss the major winter sprints.
“It’s disappointing to lose Most Important as he was my best hope for the winter but I just wasn’t happy the way he’d come back and decided to send him out for another break,” Gollan said.
Gollan is resigned to lowering the bar for the winter with the remainder of his team but will still have a strong hand.
Gollan will be represented at Doomben by Don’t Doubt Da Wife (Listed Princess Stakes), Casual Choice and Hi I’m Back (Listed Ascot Handicap), Just Orm, The Ambassadore and Tiyatrolani (Listed Mick Dittman Plate) and Brazen Moss and Sheiswhatsheis in the Listed Tails Stakes.
Gollan has decided not to run former Sydneysider Pindan Pearl in the Tails Stakes.
Gollan rates Tiyatrolani (pictured) as the pick of his runners but is also hopeful Brazen Moss and Sheiswhatsheis can continue their good recent form.
“Tiyatrolani is probably the best of my runners as she’s been to this level before,” Gollan said.
Tiyatrolani hasn’t raced since beating one runner home in the Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast in January.
Gollan is also keen to see Casual Choice make his return to racing after being scratched from the Listed Weetwood Handicap at Toowoomba earlier this month.
“He had a slightly elevated temperature which needed treatment so we had to scratch him,” he said.
“He’s coming along really well now and looks back to his best.
“Hi I’m Back was slow away and didn’t get the right run when eighth in a class six at Toowoomba last start but I’m expecting him to go better this time.”
Gollan finds it hard to separate last start winner Brazen Moss and Sheiswhatsheis in the Tails Stakes (1600m).
“It’s a really strong race and full of quality,” he said.
“We’re in unchartered waters with Brazen Moss after his last win.
“He keeps raising the bar and has had three weeks off. He’ll get back and hopefully will be running on strongly.”
In contrast Gollan expects Sheiswhatsheis to lead the Tails Stakes field.
“She’s had a long preparation but she should find the front in this race,” he said.
“She looks fantastic after she went out for a short break following her good third in the Toowoomba Cup.”
Racing Queensland webnews April 20