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As Queensland horseman Tony Gollan prepares to trial his stable stars ahead of their spring campaigns he has announced Spirit Of Boom will finish up their spring – summer prep in Perth for the 2013 Winterbottom Stakes.
The rising six-year-old Sequalo stallion hasn’t raced since their close fourth defeated just over a length by Linton in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 8.
That was their second Group 1 fourth on the trot following their game run behind Epaulette in the Doomben 10,000 when hampered by a wide barrier 13 of 15 draw.
While they’ve been competitive at elite level across the country over the past year and a half, Spirit Of Boom hasn’t actually won a race since the Magic Millions Cup at the Gold Coast in January last year.
Gollan is hopeful they can get back in the winners’ stall in their upcoming campaign which will likely follow a similar path to last year.
And like last season they are set to have their grand final at WA’s Ascot Racecourse running in the $500,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on November 23.
Last Perth Summer Racing Carnival they ran in the same race and came devastatingly close to a Group 1 victory when third behind local sprinters Barakey and Power Princess defeated just over half a length.
Spirit Of Boom is set to resume in the $200,000 Group 2 The Shorts (1200m) at Randwick on September 21, a race then finished fourth to Pampelonne in second-up last spring.
Their last Melbourne run is then penciled in as the $300,000 Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, Saturday November 2, before they head west.
“I’ll keep his races spaced and his last run in Melbourne will be the Salinger then three weeks into the Winterbottom in Perth which will be his grand final,” Gollan said.
Spirit Of Boom’s older half-brother Temple Of Boom is also progressing towards their new season return.
Winner of the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) last April the Piccolo six-year-old was last seen finishing dead last beaten 20 lengths by Your Song in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) after which they were found to be suffering from an infection.
“We scoped him immediately after that race and found he was full of mucus caused by a lung infection which we’ve cleaned up,” Gollan explained.
The enjoyed a winning jump-out back at Eagle Farm last Tuesday however and are likely to resume in the $150,000 Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on August 10 with their preparation to rely on the weather and track conditions.
“He’ll have another one (a trial) in a fortnight and it’ll be the first time in 12 months he’s had two jump-outs heading into a first-up run which is what he needs,” Gollan said.
“It’s critical for an old horse like him to find nice, soft going and hopefully when we get to Melbourne he’ll have the sting out of the tracks.
Another possible Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival contender for Gollan is then Whiskey Allround who is set to trial at Doomben on Tuesday.
Best known for their second to Sweet Idea in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill during the autumn the All Bar One two-year-old last ran eight to Criterion in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) on March 23.
Obviously there are races like the (Group 3) San Domenico (at Rosehill on August 17) we’ll look at in Sydney or we may take our time with him and head straight to Melbourne,” Gollan said.
“I’m really happy with him and all the indications from his trackwork are very good.”
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