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By Glenn Davis

Trainer Tony Gollan pulled the right reign when Frespanol produced a gutsy win following a five-week break at Doomben on Saturday.

Frespanol gave Gollan a winning double following Don’t Doubt Da Wife’s earlier win when the seven-year-old stormed home to down Privlaka by a long neck in the Broxnation Open Handicap (1350m).

Morendi finished third, a further long neck away.

Frespanol was one of four Gollan-trained horses injured when a float rolled on the Bruce Highway enroute to Caloundra in April last year.

“I was going to run him seven weeks after his last run but he did so well I decided to run him today,” Gollan said.

“He’ll run next in the (Listed) Recognition Stakes in two weeks and then the (Listed) Brisbane Handicap and hopefully in the Bernborough Handicap.

“He ran in the Recognition and Brisbane Handicap last year but he’s going a lot better this year.

“He’s a good honest horse and is well placed up here in Queensland so I doubt he’d go back down for the Villiers.”

Former Victorian Amanaat is proving to be a great money spinner for Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie after stretching his winning sequence to four in the Mark Cotterell Master Jeweller Class Six Handicap (1110m).

Amanaat, ridden by apprentice Michael Murphy, raced midfield before storming home along the rails to down I’ve Gotta Nel by 1-1/4 lengths.

Currie, who leads the Queensland Trainers’ Premiership, bought Amanaat for only $5,000 as a tried horse in Melbourne.

Amanaat’s victory took his record to five wins from eight starts with prizemoney earnings of $91,450.

The four-year-old was previously trained by David Hayes and had won once in three starts before he was sold.

“He hasn’t got the best-looking legs but touch wood they’ve been super since we’ve had him,” Currie said.

“I race him with a good friend Tony Khoury.”

Amanaat ran second at his first start for Currie at the Sunshine Coast in September before stringing three successive wins together at Ipswich and Toowoomba (twice).

“He’s not a good barrier horse and we had our concerns with him today,” Currie said.

“He’s got to be put in the barriers last which is a problem going forward.”

Racing Queensland webnews  November 11