Queensland trainer Tony Gollan is hoping the combination of an in form jockey and a rain affected track will help his talented galloper Temple of Boom claim victory in the Group Three Aurie Star Handicap at Flemington on Saturday.
Gollan has engaged the services of Kiwi whiz-kid James McDonald for Saturday’s feature event, while forecast showers have the trainer confident his horse can produce his best.
“The forecast is for a shower on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so I’m hoping it comes on Friday and Hangs around,” Gollan said.
“We missed the autumn with the idea of getting back late in the winter and the early part of the spring, hoping the wet tracks would still be around. We might run into some stayers resuming and being the fresh horse on the scene we might be able to get away with one of these types of races.”
Gollan has every right to be confident if Temple of Boom happens to happens to run into a rain affected track on Saturday. In nine starts on slow or heavy tracks Temple of Boom has produced five wins and three seconds. He has also won four from six first up and has won his only start at the Flemington track.
Temple of Boom has been drawn in barrier 13 for the six furlong affair and Gollan confirmed that he would be ridden off the pace in the Aurie Star.
“In the spring last year you saw the horse get back out of his ground and really hit the line and that’s the way we will ride him on Saturday,” Gollan confirmed.
Temple of Boom has only finished worse than fourth in five of his 21 race starts, however Gollan has described his most recent campaign as ‘frustrating’.
He defeated a pretty handy field in the Magic Millions Sprint, however since then he has failed to find his best form. He ran a disappointing fourth in Lightning Handicap at Eagle Farm, before running fifth in the Healy Stakes. He then proceeded to put in what was arguably the worst run of his career in the Ramornie Handicap, where he finished tenth.
“It’s been a frustrating campaign so far, but hopefully it all comes together on Saturday,” Gollan said.
“I expected a better run from him in the Ramornie, but there were two things. I don’t think he appreciates being that close in the run – he was forced to be a little close off the good alley.
“I also feel on those good tracks he’s not as effective as he is on the tracks with the sting out of them.”
Temple of Boom is currently rated an $8.00 chance in the Aurie Star, however this is likely to shorten if the forecast rain hits Flemington over the weekend.
Perturbo is currently favourite at $3.20, ahead of the Peter Snowden trained Offenders at $4.00.
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