By Glenn Davis
Leading trainer Tony Gollan is shaping up for his own “Super Saturday” in two states this weekend.
Gollan has another big team of 11 runners at Doomben including talented filly Vincere Volare in the Two-Year-Old Plate (1110m) while Garibaldi will fly the stable flag in the Pierro Plate (1100m) at Randwick.
Gollan has Sydney autumn ambitions with both two-year-olds while he has given punters a strong lead by favouring Macewen as the pick of his three runners in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1200m) at home.
“I’d like to think I could have more than a two-State double on Saturday,” Gollan said.
“Vincere Volare is a nice filly and she’s definitely better than she was before Christmas.
“She’s nominated for the big autumn races in Sydney including the Golden Slipper, as is Garibaldi.
“They are both very nice fillies but we’ll just have to wait and see if they are up to it.”
Vincere Volare won her only start at Doomben in November and has had two trials ahead of her return but needs to lift her prizemoney if she’s to qualify for the Golden Slipper at Rosehill next month.
Garibaldi booked a trip south following his brilliant debut win at Eagle Farm on February 2.
“He was really good when he won on debut and he’s improved a lot since then,” Gollan said.
“He’s an exciting colt and a real racehorse but I’ve got no doubt he’ll be even better with time.
“Hugh Bowman is riding him in Sydney and he worked extremely well on the Eagle Farm course proper this week.”
Gollan rated Macewen as the best of his team in the Three-Year-Old Handicap at home and gives Kittie Kins a strong each-way hope.
Macewen completed a hattrick of wins when he stepped up to Saturday grade at Eagle Farm a fortnight ago.
Gollan also has Trail Of Glory and Kittie Kins locking horns with Macewen but has scratched a fourth acceptor, Royal Hale.
“Macewen is my best in the Three-Year-Old and he’ll be very competitive again,” Gollan said.
“I wasn’t surprised he measured up last start but I was a little surprised he won off such a slow pace.
“He’s always shown me he’s a Saturday class horse but it’s just taken a while for the penny to drop with him.
“He’s well placed in these types of races this time of the year and he’s still learning.
“If he runs well again he might measure up as a Brisbane winter carnival horse.”
Racing Queensland webnews February 15