RACE THREE - 12:30PM TAB FILLIES AND MARES BENCHMARK 72 HANDICAP 1200M
1st – Hollaback Girl – Tony Gollan – Jim Byrne
2nd – Trail of Glory – Tony Gollan – Baylee Nothdurft
3rd – Champagne Daisy – David Vandyke – Jake Bayliss
Trainer Comments - Tony Gollan
"We've all seen what Jimmy (Byrne) has gone through trying to get back from this injury it's been tough, but I know he loves riding winners and hopefully this win keeps him in good spirits for the Outback Barbie ride later today."
"It looked quite a tricky race for her she had the big weight but we still decided to be aggressive and ride outside the leader, I was a little concerned she could get a bit tired late over the 1200 but she toughed it out really well."
"Her formlines behind the stable mates (Niedorp/All Important) were about as good as you could find and they stood up today."
"She's a lovely looking mare with an improving city record if we can knock over a few more races in town she's going to make a very nice brood mare for connections."
"I'm probably leaning towards Outback Barbie later on just because of the good barrier, in saying that i just love this horse Vega one and the way the track is running on could play right into his hands."
"They've both come back better horses and are right on track for their respecive goals, I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do."
Race Review –
Hollaback Girl has broken through at start five this preparation for the Gollan camp, the mare placed her last four times was knocking on the door for a victory and it came in the Benchmark 72 over 1200 metres at Doomben giving Jim Byrne his first metro winner back from a significant leg injury.
Byrne rode the mare with vigour early to land outside the leader Sister Kitty Mac happy to punch the breeze in a leading position.
The veteran jock started to feel for his ride at the top of the straight as she was on terms with the leading very quickly striking the lead at the 300, there was plenty of time life for swoopers but none came the leader powering away.
Hollaback Girl came off exceptional form lines behind gun stable mates Niedorp and All Important and found the right race to get her win with another stable mate in second Trail Of Glory.
It’s been a long road back for Byrne who’s been off the scene for some time rehabbing a serious leg injury.
He was scheduled to make his return in March but had a set back, but the champion Queensland jockey clearly still has the fire and is back riding winners.