Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan is tipping an improved run from his veteran galloper Gundy Son when they looked to bounce back in the 2014 Goldmarket Handicap on the Gold Coast this weekend.
The only black type on the agenda down under on the first weekend of the year, Queensland’s $100,000
Listed Carlton Draught Goldmarket (1300m) has drawn 11 hopefuls for this summer’s edition.
Rising nine-year-old Falvelon gelding Gundy Son is one of those, the old warhorse drawn in gate seven with Ryan Wiggins to ride for the third time on the trot.
Not having won a race since February last year when prepared by previous trainer Robert Heathcote, Saturday is Gundy Son’s chance to return to form and break a lengthy winning drought.
They will have to do some serious improving on their recent runs however if they are to be competitive in a top field that includes the Kelly Doughty-trained favourite Morning Captain ($3.50) and Gai Waterhouse’s in-form Sydney visitor King Cobia ($4).
Gundy Son can be found at the opposite end of the Goldmarket Handicap odds and is the second roughest runner in the markets paying $31.
They are shorter only than Facile Tigre ($41) and race third-up this prep after two below par performances at Doomben.
First-up they were beaten four lengths when running 10th to Lucky Hussler in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) on December 7.
A fortnight later they failed again running 11th this time beaten by double the margin, eight lengths off Love Rocks in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) having been forced to race wide throughout from their outside barrier 13 of 14 draw.
They have a better gate for the Goldmarket this weekend, but go up from 55.5kg to 56kg.
Still Gollan isn’t writing them off completely just yet believing there could be something in the tank when they run at the Gold Coast for the first time since their second in the 2013 Magic Millions Cup here a year ago.
“The Lough Neagh was his last start and they really flew up front,” he told AAP this week.
“The Goldmarket is a lot easier.”
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