Tony Gollan’s now seven-year-old sprinter Temple Of Boom will on Saturday vie for their second win in the $150,000 Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) having won the Flemington feature two years ago.
One of 20 nominations taken for the 2013 Aurie’s Star Handicap, Piccolo gelding Temple Of Boom is set to resume racing in the early season sprint after a three month spell.
Before their break they had a disappointing autumn campaign in Sydney and then two failed runs in Brisbane.
Most recently Temple Of Boom was seen finishing dead last when 19.5 lengths off the winner Your Song in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) in the wet at their home track of Eagle Farm.
Gollan however is willing to forgive the horse their last prep as they were suffering a respiratory infection and believes they can bounce back this time in as they get back to the Flemington straight where they have won three of their eight starts.
“The key to this horse is that he loves the straight track at Flemington, he loves the sting out of the ground and he’s just got to be ridden with a bit of cover,” Gollan told AAP this week.
“Hopefully he gets all three things on Saturday and he’ll be very competitive.
“He’s had two jump-outs and won them both. He’s in good shape for his first-up run.”
It’s been a long time between drinks for Temple Of Boom though who hasn’t won a race since their elite level effort taking out the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Randwick in April last year.
Other former Group 1 winners also nominated for the Aurie’s Star on Saturday include the 60kg top weight Luckygray formerly raced in Perth and Jim Conlan’s Australian Guineas winner Ferlax (56.5kg).
In between these two on the Aurie’s Star weight scale is then Temple Of Boom with 58kg, four kilos more than they carried to victory when winning this race back in 2011.
They were ridden by Kiwi jockey James McDonald for that victory but will benefit from having one of Australia’s best, Craig Williams, in the saddle on Saturday.
“He’ll be carrying more weight than when he won it last time but he’s earned that,” Gollan said.
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