By Glenn Davis
Trainer Tony Gollan still has a lot more mountains to climb in his career and is hopeful of conquering his next challenge in the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Gollan took out his trainers’ licence as a 20-year-old in Toowoomba in 1999 and has since gone on to win seven Brisbane trainers’ premierships and has an eighth in sight.
The late Bruce McLachlan holds the record with 16 Brisbane premierships.
With more than 70 black-type winners under his belt - including 4 Group 1s - Gollan launches a three-pronged attack on the 1300-metre weight-for-age feature with Jonker, Vega One and Outback Barbie.
Spirit Of Boom was one of Gollan’s Group 1 winners and one of his sons, Jonker, is ideally drawn in barrier four to give the Eagle Farm trainer his best hope of another win at the highest level.
Jonker joined Gollan’s stable late last year and in a spectacular stable debut, the five-year-old smashed Takeover Target’s 15-year-old track record for 1200 metres in the Listed Keith Noud Stakes at Doomben last November.
Since then, Jonker finished second in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes at Doomben and won the Magic Millions Sprint at the Gold Coast during the Queensland summer.
Jonker – a Jim Byrne mount - hasn’t raced since finishing a brave third to Eduardo in the Group 1 The Galaxy over 1100 metres at Rosehill in March.
Eduardo franked The Galaxy form by claiming the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 earlier this month, while Jonker missed a return clash with the Sydneysider after suffering bruising to his near hind leg.