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By Glenn Davis
Talented youngster Ef Troop ended Toowoomba gelding Hopes Eternal's unbeaten run with a sizzling win at Doomben on Saturday.
Ef Troop, a brilliant trial winner midweek, showed blistering gate speed before powering home for a neck win over the fast finishing Only Wanna Sing in the Padua Old Boys QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap (1050m).
Catastrophic, who tried to match Ef Troop in the speed battle for the early lead, faded to finish third, a further 1-1/4 lengths away.
Hopes Eternal gave the early leaders too much start and battled on to finish fourth.
Ef Troop was a $70,000 buy at the Magic Millions sales and will now have a short break before preparing for the $2 million Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast in January.
Ef Troop is a son of dual Group 1 winner Spirit Of Boom who was formerly trained by Gollan.
He walked around the parade ring like a three-year-old and he’ll go out for a 10 day break now before we set our sights on the Magic Millions.
Spirit Of Boom finished his career with more than $2.4 million in prizemoney with nine wins and 20 placings from 56 starts.
His best wins were in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 and Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley in 2014.
“I was fairly confident he could win but I wasn’t that bullish at the 600 metres when Chris Munce’s horse took him on,” Gollan said.
“He had to do a fair bit of work but he’ll improve with the run.
“He’s a very nice horse but he’ll be even better when he furnishes later on.
“He walked around the parade ring like a three-year-old and he’ll go out for a 10 day break now before we set our sights on the Magic Millions."
Gollan has followed Spirit Of Boom’s career at stud and believes the Eureka Stud stallion is set for a big career.
“Obviously I pay a bit of attention to him at stud and he’s going to make a good stallion here in Queensland.”
Ef Troop set a new class record for the distance with a slick time of 60.33 seconds.
Hopes Eternal’s defeat was his first in three starts after winning his first two starts at Toowoomba and Doomben last month.
Racing Queensland webnews November 4
First ever winner Ef Troop co bred By @BRThoroughbreds. Gr8 type looks like me.haha. 80k ahead on 1st season list.@eurekastud @tonygollan pic.twitter.com/AOItQdNWac— Spirit of Boom (@SpiritofBoom) November 4, 2017
First ever winner Ef Troop co bred By @BRThoroughbreds. Gr8 type looks like me.haha. 80k ahead on 1st season list.@eurekastud @tonygollan pic.twitter.com/AOItQdNWac