By Glenn Davis
Trainer Tony Gollan is convinced the best is yet to come from his star sprinter Zoustyle but won’t rush the five-year-old during the spring.
Zoustyle makes his long-awaited comeback in the 900-metre Open Handicap at the Gold Coast on Saturday after undergoing a mandatory three-month spell when he bled in the Group 3 McGarten Stakes at Rosehill in mid-March.
Zoustyle is a winner of six of his 10 starts and Gollan has his sights set on the Magic Millions Snippets at the Gold Coast in January.
“He never went through a sale so he’ll need to win a wildcard to get into the Magic Millions Snippets,” Gollan said.
“I’m very wary he’s on the comeback trail after he bled so I might only give him one run and he can go for a break to get ready for the Magic Millions.
“Hopefully, he can get back to his best and he trialled well when he won easily at Doomben last week.”
Gollan considered starting Zoustyle against Alligator Blood at Doomben last Saturday but chose to delay his return for the Gold Coast.
“He goes good first-up but he’s never been to the Gold Coast,” he said.
Many judges believe the Gold Coast can be a graveyard for horses having their first start on the tight turning track but Gollan is confident Zoustyle can overcome the disadvantage.
“He lost his way a little bit when he went south last campaign but he’s developed into a nice type now and he’s a lot stronger,” Gollan said.
“I’m positive his best days are ahead of him.”
Meanwhile Gollan also is hopeful of a strong performance from Amicitia in the Pink Ribbon Cup.
Amicitia has won five of her 17 starts and is coming off a last start fourth to the Scott Morrisey-trained Aqua Vite in a 1600-metre Benchmark race at Doomben on August 28.
“She’s had a long preparation and this will be her last run before she goes for a spell,” Gollan said.
“I’m hopeful she’ll run another good race and she’s up against some quality fillies and mares.
“She’s won at the Gold Coast which is a plus.”