Toowoomba trainer Tony Gollan is considering a trip to England’s iconic 2012 Royal Ascot carnival with his breakthrough Group 1 winner Temple Of Boom where the galloper would join the mighty Black Caviar in representing Australia.
Piccolo five-year-old Temple Of Boom hit the big time last Saturday when they won their 10th race from 29 starts and pushed their earnings to $1,095,245 with a smart victory over Nobby Snip in The Galaxy (1100m) at Royal Randwick when ridden by top young Kiwi jockey James McDonald.
It was Gollan’s first Group 1 success in his 13 years as a trainer.
Gollan is now considering an appearance on the international arena for Temple Of Boom after being approached for the second time by Royal Ascot officials inviting Temple OF Boom to contest the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes (1006m) on June 19.
He was adamant however that they would not line up against Peter Moody’s undefeated mare Black Caviar who shoots for her 20th straight turf triumph in the 2012 Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide this Saturday.
“If we go over he won’t be running against Black Caviar – no way,” Gollan said.
“I got a phone call from Jack Petley who represents the club over here and they’d like him to run in the King’s Stand Stakes.
“It’s the second time we’ve been approached to go over – I was first asked about it in January.
“Black Caviar is running in the Golden Jubilee so if we do head over we won’t be meeting her.”
With the horse already having gotten the necessary immunisation for a trip to England Gollan said he was about 50-50 in taking them over.
“He had his inoculation when we thought about sending him to Hong Kong in December,” Gollan explained.
“He’ll only need a booster shot if we decide to go over.
“I’m 50-50 about it. It’s a big trip and he’s a five-year-old but I still haven’t got to the bottom of him yet.”
Should Temple Of Boom go to the 2012 King’s Stand Stakes they would be looking to become the fifth Aussie in history to win the race joining Choisir (2003), Takeover Target (2006), Miss Andretti (2007) and Scenic Blast (2009).
The options for Temple Of Boom are exciting, Gollan naming the riches of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival for Australian racing’s latest millionaire should they decide not to go down the overseas’ path.
If they go to the sunshine state Temple Of Boom is likely to target the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on May 26 and even the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 9.
“The weather here (in Queensland) will be a big factor,” Gollan said.
“If the tracks here start to dry up quickly we might not continue with his preparation.
“If he goes over his last run here would be in the BTC Cup.
“We’ll weigh it all up over the next week.”
The Group 1 $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) runs at Doomben on May 12.
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