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Brisbane horseman Tony Gollan celebrated a dream Doomben 10,000 2014 result on home turf today with his ‘Boom Brothers’ Spirit Of Boom and Temple Of Boom running the quinella in the classic.
Things couldn’t have gone more perfectly for the young Gollan in today’s $650,000 Group 1 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10,000 (1350m) where the sentimental favourite was fellow local champ Buffering.
After leading before running third as the beaten favourite in the BTC Cup last time out, it was the same result for triple Group 1 hero Buffering in the 10,000.
Brilliant away from the barriers the son of Mossman went straight to the front with Damian Browne taking ‘The Buff’, eased out to $5 pre-jump, to the lead.
They held that position right up to the final 100m when Gollan’s star stable mates made their late assault.
“Mate this is an absolute dream come true,” Gollan said post-win.
“To train a Group 1 here in Brisbane, I’m lost for words.”
Charging up the inside was Sequalo six-year-old Spirit Of Boom, $4.80 equal favourite with Sydney raider Rebel Dane who stormed home late but could only manage to finish three quarters off the winner in fourth, who scored their second Group 1 success following the William Reid Stakes in Melbourne this autumn.
“He took the narrowest of runs. He’s a six-year-old now and they usually like to get to the outside,” Gollan said.
“He’s brave and gallant and career best form; so deserving.”
After the victory Spirit Of Boom ran second to half-brother Temple Of Boom in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) and then second again in the BTC Cup.
Today though was their time to shine, the always-honest galloper running possibly their last race with retirement calling.
They were given an absolute beautiful ride by Michael Rodd, who also achieved a dream with their 10,000 win today, moving up from their inside fifth position to get into the clear and win.
“This is a dream of mine since I was a kid,” Rodd said.
“A race I’d always dreamt about winning even more so than a Melbourne Cup or anything like that because I thought it was within my reach.
“He’s flying. He’s that sort of horse that just needs the luck and he got it today.”
The forgotten horse was then of course Piccolo seven-year-old Temple Of Boom, Gollan thrilled with the performance today and overall careers of both gallopers.
“Just the two greatest horse to train,” he said.
“They’re just so hard to beat. I’m just so proud of the horses.”
Settled in fourth early before charging home, Temple Of Boom improved on their BTC Cup fourth to run top two today as a $26 outsider in their likely last start before going to serve at stud.
Buffering was always going to be vulnerable over the 1350m then, holding on for their 16th top three Group 1 finish.
It’s also the same position they finished in last year behind Epaulette in the 10,000.
A very happy Gollan and co. are deciding now whether to send Spirit Of Boom out as a dual Group 1 winner, or press onto a swansong in the $1.36 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 7.
“He’ll get one more run before going off to stud, or maybe this could even be his last,” Gollan said.
In recent years the Doomben 10,000 has been the best guide to Queensland’s richest race producing six of the past 10 Stradbroke Handicap winners.
Today’s Doomben 10,000 results then are sure to have a big impact on the Stradbroke Handicap futures odds, Spirit Of Boom the sure-to-be-favourite despite confirmation yet to come of them running.
Stradbroke Handicap 2014 weights are released on Monday with Gollan’s decision to be based on where Spirit Of Boom sits in the handicaps.
“We’ll wait for the weights and the handicaps,” he said.
“But he’s done his job now.
“The Stradbroke would be a dream farewell but we’re just going to relish in this at the moment.”
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2014 Doomben 10,000 Results & Finishing Order
Doomben Race 8 – 24/05/2014
|1||2||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Michael Rodd||–||2||59kg||$4.80EF|
|2||3||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Tegan Harrison (a)||0.2L||4||59kg||$26|
|3||1||BUFFERING||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||0.4L||8||59kg||$4.80EF|
|4||4||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||Glen Boss||0.8L||10||59kg||$4.80EF|
|5||8||KNOYDART||John O’Shea||Kerrin McEvoy||1.8L||6||59kg||$9|
|6||9||SCREAM MACHINE||Jason Coyle||Tye Angland||1.9L||1||59kg||$61|
|7||10||DRIEFONTEIN||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||2.9L||5||57kg||$8.50|
|8||5||HOT SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan||Hugh Bowman||3.7L||9||59kg||$18|
|9||7||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Ryan Wiggins||4.1L||3||59kg||$8.50|
|10||11||PERON||John P Thompson||Timothy Bell||5.4L||7||57kg||$15|
|11||6||CONSERVATORIUM||Gary Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||6.2L||11||59kg||$41|
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