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Gollan braces for possibly his biggest day of his career

By Glenn Davis

Trainer Tony Gollan has had many big days during his training career but Saturday could be his greatest ever.

The five-times Brisbane premiership winner will saddle up Vincere Volare in the Group 1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill while at home he will be double handed with Trail Of Glory and Macewen in the $200,000 QTIS Three-Year-Old Jewel at Eagle Farm.

Gollan has won three Group 1’s with the “Boom Brothers” Temple Of Boom and Spirit Of Boom.

Temple Of Boom gave Gollan his first win at the highest level in the 2012 The Galaxy at Randwick while his half brother Spirit Of Boom won the Doomben 10,000 and William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley in 2014.

Gollan believes Vincere Volare is a definite Golden Slipper chance after going down for the first time in her career when third to Godolphin’s filly Tenley in the G2 Reisling Stakes at Randwick on March 9.

In Brisbane, Gollan has given Macewen a slight edge over stablemate Trail Of Glory in the QTIS Three-Year-Old The Jewel.

Trail Of Glory had the measure of Macewen who ran third to his stablemate at Doomben on February 16 before a last start fourth to Mishani Hustler at Doomben on March 2.

“Macewen hasn’t raced for five weeks but that won’t be a problem,” Gollan said.

“They both should be better suited now the race is at Eagle Farm than at the Gold Coast.

“If there’s no rain the track will be good which will suit Macewen and I think he’ll just have an edge over Trail Of Glory.

“Unfortunately, they both haven’t drawn the best but they get back anyway and the longer straight will suit them.”

Gollan rated topweight Mishani Hustler, who is chasing a hat-trick of wins, as the main threat. 

Meanwhile Gollan believes Vincere Volare won’t let the State down in her bid to become Queensland’s third Golden Slipper winner.

The Bruce Brown-trained Calaway Gal won the Golden Slipper in 2002 while the late Bruce McLachlan and his son Jason claimed the world’s richest two-year-old race with Phelan Ready in 2009.

“She (Vincere Volare) is a real tryer and she raced on the speed and ran extremely well when beaten by Tenley in the Reisling,” Gollan said.

“She’s improved a lot since that run and she won impressively in her two previous Brisbane runs.

“They’re all chances in the Golden Slipper and this looks a very open race.”

Gollan has had only one previous Golden Slipper attempt with Ef Troop who finished 12th to Estijaab last year.

Racing Queensland webnews   March 21