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Young Toowoomba-based trainer Tony Gollan has scheduled an end-of-year move to metropolitan Brisbane in order to move up the ranks and go a step closer to reaching the same heights as his idol in the racing world, the Queensland-born Victorian Premiership winning Peter Moody.
Most famous for his two top horses, half-brothers Temple Of Boom and Spirit Of Boom, 32-year-old Gollan has plans to secure around 30 new boxes at an on-course stable at Eagle Farm that are currently under construction.
Long term goals for the boy from the bush are to continue to build his city base and get more metro wins on his record before embarking on a transfer to Melbourne.
“I’ve always wanted to train in either Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne but you’ve got to do things in stages,” Gollan said.
“I’ve very keen to relocate to Brisbane but eventually I’d love to train in Melbourne.
“Any young trainer in Queensland aspires to do what Peter Moody has done.
“It wasn’t that long ago Peter Moody was training at Eagle Farm and since he moved to Melbourne he’s become the leading Group One trainer in the country.
“I’d love to emulate Moody’s feat. It would be mind-boggling.”
Gollan enjoyed his first major win during last year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival when Piccolo gelding Temple Of Boom won the Listed Swisse Vitamins Stakes (1100m) at the famous Flemington track on Crown Oaks Day.
Temple Of Boom went on to win the Magic Millions Sprint at the Gold Coast in January and most recently handed Gollan a nice early spring stakes win at Flemington in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) last Saturday.
It is obvious Temple Of Boom has an affinity with the iconic ‘Straight Six’ course at Flemington, something Gollan hopes will bring them more good fortune in Victoria this spring.
“I don’t know why, you would probably have to ask the trainers down in Melbourne they’d know more about the straight track,” Gollan said when asked if he knew why Temple Of Boom excelled so well at Flemington.
“He also loves the big track at Eagle Farm.
“Straight racing allows him galloping room and for people to see how good he really is.”
Now boasting eight wins and eight minor placings from 22 starts, Gollan said the next race on the agenda for Temple Of Boom would be the $200,000 Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington on September 3.
The main spring aim for Temple Of Boom is then the $250,000 Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) also at Flemington on October 2 – Turnbull Stakes Day.
“We’ll run him at the next Flemington meeting, we won’t be taking him too far,” Gollan said.
“It’s not for around four weeks and then we’ll head to the Gilgai which is another good Group race.
“Hopefully he does not get too much of a weight penalty and can be competitive again.”
A horse that likes the “sting out of the track”, Gollan said that Temple Of Boom’s preparation would in part be dictated to the track conditions in Melbourne.
“If the tracks in the spring get really firm we might give him one run and send him home for a break,” Gollan said.
“I feel very privileged to have horses like Temple Of Boom.”
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