Local horseman Tony Gollan is confident of bagging a Group 1 win this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, one of his top chances being youngster Looks Like The Cat who is still 2014 JJ Atkins-bound despite their BTC Cup Day loss.
The two-year-old Husson colt will get a chance to turn the tables on their last start conqueror, the Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau, after they ran second to them in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben over the weekend.
The major support race of the day, the Champagne Classic saw Waller’s I Am Invincible colt Brazen Beau pull away to win by nearly two lengths in a thrilling performance.
It was a commanding win that saw them confirmed for the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) next start on May 24 followed by a shot at the big time in the $500,000 Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day a fortnight later.
That’s the same Brisbane assignments Gollan has penciled in for Champagne Classic runner-up Looks Like The Cat who was far from disgraced in just their second career assignment on the weekend.
A shoe-in looks-wise to former cult hero Apache Cat, Looks Like The Cat shares the same baldy face as the eventual eight-time Group 1 winner and Gollan is hoping they can enjoy just some of that same sort of success on the track.
Before the Champagne Gollan and connections were knocking back a six figure offer from Hong Kong to buy the juvenile, and if they can back-up and atone in the JJ Atkins the offers are sure to come again hard and fast.
“The J.J. is the race I earmarked from the get-go, from the minute I started working with him,” Gollan told the Courier Mail.
“There is good depth in his female pedigree so the journey should be no concern. And he is by a very good stallion.
“I think when he gets to the mile you will see the best of him this winter.”
Gollan also confirmed on Saturday that he would back-up his William Reid Stakes winner Spirit Of Boom in both the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) Saturday week and the $1.36 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) on June 7 after their brave run.
The Sequalo six-year-old held on for second in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) coming from behind frontrunner and odds-on favourite Buffering, who dropped off to finish third, to cross a half length away second to upset winner Famous Seamus ($41).
Stay tuned for all the latest on the Brisbane Group 1s over the coming weeks.
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