Toowoomba trainer Tony Gollan has declared his last-start Eagle Farm winner Listen Son will be scratched from the 2011 George Moore Stakes at Doomben on Saturday should the rain in Brisbane see the track rated Slow or worse.
Listen Son is one of two gallopers along with Spirit Of Boom representing Gollan in the $200,000 Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) this year, but his contingent could be down to one if the wet weather in the ‘sunshine’ state’s capital continues.
After failing to beat home any other runners when finishing over 32 lengths away in a first-up failure in the Group 3 Tab.Com.Au Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on October 29, Listen Son bounced back with a surprise victory in the Listed Keith Noud Quality (1200m) at Eagle Farm on November 26.
Gollan is still scratching his head over what went wrong in Melbourne with Listen Son, and although happy with their return to form last start, the run by their stablemate Spirit Of Boom when ninth in Keith Noud gave him more to worry about.
“(Jockey) Ric (McMahon) wasn’t that disappointed with his run in the Keith Noud but I thought it was very ordinary,” Gollan said of Spirit Of Boom.
“I’ve been very frustrated with his two runs this campaign.”
Sequalo four-year-old Spirit Of Boom, very nearly a Group 3 winner when edged out by the narrowest of margins when second to Falino in the BTC Classic at Doomben back in May, will run in the George Moore on Saturday regardless of the track conditions.
Listen Son, however, will not race if there’s not improvement.
“The last thing I want for both of them is rain,” Gollan said.
“They are both better on top of the ground and if the track gets worse than Slow I won’t run Listen Son.
“Spirit Of Boom will run no matter what.”
Gollan is praying for massive amounts of improvement from Spirit Of Boom, and if he gets it and the horse performs well then they will be considered for a trip to New Zealand to race in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham next month.
“New Zealand is still on the cards for Spirit Of Boom but he’ll need to win on Saturday and that’s another reason why I want this rain to go away,” Gollan said.
“The prize money for The Telegraph is not great but he’s some chance of going over if he can win.
“But he’ll need to lift his form a hell of a lot.”
If they stay home, Spirit Of Boom will be aimed at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day on January 14 with either the $200,000 Magic Millions Sprint (1000m) or the $400,000 Magic Millions Cup (1400m) on the cards.
With heavy rainfall in Brisbane all day Wednesday, Doomben’s sister course Eagle Farm was in the Heavy range for the mid-week meeting that took place.
The forecast is for more rain ahead of Saturday, meaning Luxbet punters will have to do their wet track form on the capacity George Moore Stakes field.
Should Listen Son come out, it would pave the way for Pat Duff’s emergency runner Steel Zip, last seen running a narrow second to Adebisi in a 1000 metre Eagle Farm sprint a fortnight ago, to gain a start.
If they start, Steel Zip could be one of the genuine chances having won at Eagle Farm over 1200 metres back in March on a Heavy (10) track and a good horse to check the Luxbet odds on.
Slow – Heavy Track Form for 2011 George Moore Stakes Field
|4||Shuffle The Cash||5-3-0-1||6-0-1-0|
|11||Ready To Rip||3-2-0-0||2-1-0-1|
|12||Spirit Of Boom||5-2-0-0||1-0-0-0|