With two time reigning champ Black Caviar ruled out of a third straight title defense the 2012 Patinack Farm Classic title is now up for grabs this Melbourne Cup Carnival and Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan is hoping it can be his with Temple Of Boom heading towards the spring sprint.
Held on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) runs on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday November 10.
Undefeated sprint queen Black Caviar has dominated the race for the past two years but after a testing European campaign the Peter Moody-trained superstar will be absent from this year’s entire Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
This news has opened up the spring’s shorter distance features to any galloper keen to try their hand at Group 1 glory include Piccolo six-year-old Temple Of Boom.
The gelding is no stranger to Group 1 racing having won The Galaxy (1100m) at Randwick back in April which took their winning tally into double digits.
They haven’t won a race since but did finish a good third to Sea Siren in May’s Doomben 10,000 at home in Brisbane before their last start fifth to a Black Caviar stablemate with Mid Summer Music in the Stradbroke.
Gollan took Temple Of Boom to Victoria for last year’s spring carnival and they had a successful four start preparation at Flemington.
That quartet of runs included two Group wins firstly in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) in August and then the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes over the same track and distance in early October, ace Kiwi jockey James McDonald aboard for all four starts.
They also appeared for one run in the 2010 Melbourne Cup Carnival when Temple Of Boom broke their stakes maiden status with a good win in the Listed Swisse Vitamins Stakes (1100m) on Crown Oaks Day, Gollan hopeful they can continue their successful association with the Flemington straight during the spring.
Due back in the stables next week, Gollan is yet to confirm an exact spring campaign for Temple Of Boom but knows that it will culminate with the Patinack.
“He’s still in pre-training but he looks really good and he’ll come back on Monday,” Gollan said.
“We’re not sure where he will kick off yet but his grand final will be the Patinack.
“We all know how good he is on the straight, he showed that last year.”
Temple Of Boom isn’t the only Queensland raider looking to take out the 2012 Patinack Farm Classic in Black Caviar’s absence as the Rob Heathcote-trained Buffering has also been named as a contender.
Buffering was second to the ‘Black Flash’ in last year’s Patinack Farm Classic and will be out to finally break their Group 1 duck this spring before a possible trip overseas for the Hong Kong Sprint in December.
Patinack Farm Classic 2012 nominations will be taken on September 25 and published right here at Races.com.au.
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