By Glenn Davis
Eight years after moving from his former home town, trainer Tony Gollan still has the fire in the belly to win his first Listed Weetwood Handicap at Toowoomba on Saturday.
Gollan returns to his roots in search of a Weetwood winner from either Just Orm or Snitch in the 1200-metre feature,which has been moved to September for the first time in 120 years.
The Weetwood Handicap has been traditionally run around March or April but has been moved - along with the Toowoomba Cup - to coincide with Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers festival.
The showpiece Spring Carnival day will also feature the Pat O'Shea Plate and the Toowoomba Guineas.
Gollan has tried to win the Weetwood several times but his best efforts were seconds with Cariad in 2012 and Hi I’m Back in 2018.
He hopes to break his duck this year with the in-form Just Orm (barrier three) and Snitch, who drew 16, but jumps from 12 if the emergencies fail to obtain starts.
Just Orm is in career-best form with two wins and as many seconds from his past four starts, including his recent second to the The Odyssey over 1110 metres at Doomben two weeks ago.
Six-year-old Snitch was a last start third behind The Candy Man over 1400 metres at Eagle Farm on August 29 but has since won a barrier over 1050 metres at Deagon on September 15.
Just Orm is returning to Toowoomba for only the third time in his 38-start career but Gollan agrees the seven-year-old has never been in better form.
“He’s only had two runs on the track when he ran second and then ran down the track in his other run,” Gollan said.
“He’s drawn well and I couldn’t be taking him there in any better form.
“He’s drawn well which is very important at Toowoomba but the big question with him is running 1200 metres.
“Snitch has drawn bad but it’s always been the target to run in the Weetwood third run in.
“I would have liked a better draw and he’ll get back but Baylee Nothdurft knows her well and he’ll be getting home strong.”
Gollan will be attempting to become the first Brisbane trainer to win the Weetwood since John Hawkes who scored with Burrito in 1999 when he had an Eagle Farm stable.