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Gollan celebrates fatherhood with Charlie Boy at Ipswich

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Gollan celebrates fatherhood with Charlie Boy at Ipswich

By Glenn Davis

Trainer Tony Gollan celebrated becoming a father for the first time when Charlie Boy delivered at Ipswich on Saturday.

Gollan became a father when wife Jane gave birth to daughter Jamieson Jane on Thursday morning.

Charlie Boy’s win came moments after stablemate Sidewalk Talk was successful for Gollan in a maiden at the Gold Coast.

Charlie Boy settled back in the field behind front runner Flamboyer before wearing down the leaders to down stablemate Frespanol by one length in the City Of Ipswich Spring Sprinters Cup (1200m).

Flamboyer battled on well for the minor placing, a further 1-3/4 lengths away.

“It’s a great thrill becoming a father and this win tops it off,” Gollan said.

“Jamie is gorgeous and she’s just like her Mum.

“Luckily she gets her looks from her mother and I’m very happy about that.”

Charlie Boy had been in a form slump before recording only his fifth win from 39 starts.

It was the seven-year-old’s first win in five starts for Gollan and his first win since claiming the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup at Randwick in February last year.

“He’s a very good horse who was placed in the Doomben 10,000 two years ago,” Gollan said.

“Obviously he’s been out of form for a while but I’ve made a few changes with him lately.

“I’ve taken the blinkers off him again and I’ve been able to swim him a lot.

“He’s also come down in weight which has been a big help.”

Charlie Boy started his career with Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan before he transferred to Peter and Paul Snowden.

He was gelded under Team Snowden but only managed to win twice before having four starts for Melbourne trainer Ciaron Maher before joining Gollan.

Gollan has no major plans in mind with Charlie Boy who has earned more than $896,000 for Triple Crown syndications. 

Former top apprentice Matt McGillivray rode his first winner as a senior jockey when outsider Star Justice claimed the Folsom Prison Class Three Plate (1000m).

Racing Queensland webnews  September 23

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