Tony Gollan’s Queensland-based horse Temple Of Boom will travel to Flemington Racecourse this afternoon in search of a Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) double.
After taking out the race back in 2011, Temple Of Boom is the second-favourite with punters to do it again at 3:00pm. The gelding is currently paying $4.60 at Ladbrokes.com.au along with Bounding.
Should he take out the 2014 Gilgai Stakes, Temple Of Boom will become just the second dual winner of the sprint race.
Bomber Bill is currently the sole horse to win the double, and strangely enough his two wins came three years apart (2000 and 2003) which can only mean good things for Tony Gollan and his team.
“He won it three years ago and I think he’s in that form, or maybe a touch better, heading into this,” Gollan said to Sky Racing.
The gelding heads to Flemington with good form after placing second in all three of his last starts. He missed out on the Group 1 Stradbroke (1400m) to River Lad by just a short neck, but will have a chance at revenge as they both line up for the Gilgai.
Temple Of Boom will also meet Chautauqua again, who easily beat him home in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) last time out.
Chautauqua is once again the horse to beat, paying odds of $2.80 for a Gilgai victory.
Gollan isn’t worried however, confident the 6kg weight turn-around will be a great aid to Temple Of Boom’s chances.
“I feel my horse has made really good improvement and is much better suited at the weights this time. That gives us a chance to turn the tables,” Gollan continued.
“(Chautauqua) was very good and will certainly be hard to beat but there’s also others in the race. It’s not just a one or two horse race. It’s a good field.”
Temple Of Boom has previously won three times down the Flemington straight track and also enjoyed a successful winter campaign in Brisbane that saw him net a Group 2 Victory Stakes win as well as his placing in the Straddie and another second in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).
“I think he’s coming off a career-best winter and hopefully that leads to a career-best spring,” Gollan said.
“I know he’s an eight-year-old, but I think the combination with (jockey) Tegan Harrison has been fantastic for this horse.
“I’m looking forward to this race and the rest of the spring.”
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