A solid piece of trackwork on Tuesday morning has Brisbane horseman Tony Gollan confident his veteran sprinter Temple Of Boom can return to form with a big effort in Saturday’s 2015 Doomben 10,000.
Twelve months ago the Piccolo gelding ran a devastatingly close second behind his stablemate and half-brother Spirit Of Boom in the $750,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) as a 25/1 shot before a brave second behind River Lad in the $2 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.
Since then the form of the now eight-year-old has been hit and miss including two unplaced runs this time in where wet Brisbane tracks hampered his form.
First-up Temple Of Boom ran sixth behind Ciaron Maher’s smart mare Srikandi, third in last year’s Stradbroke and early favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au in the pre-field Doomben 10,000 odds for Saturday, in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) on the Gold Coast.
He was then seen running seventh behind blow-out winner Hot Snitzel in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on May 9 when jumping at the same odds he did in last year’s 10,000.
Far from giving up on his ageing star, whose last win was in the 2014 Victory Stakes, Gollan is bullish about Temple Of Boom’s chances in the Doomben 10,000 this weekend having watched his work this morning.
“It took a few runs, because he’s a bit older, to get his fitness back up and his work this morning indicates he’s right back on track,” Gollan told RSN speaking of the $1.8 million earner.
“His work this morning was really sharp and his recovery was just super today. It’s the best he’s recovered from a gallop and the sharpest he’s been.
“Now he’s had the two runs, he’s really in tip-top shape for Saturday.”
Michael Rodd returns from Singapore to take the month on the horse in this weekend’s elite level taking over for regular rider Tegan Harrison, Rodd aboard Temple Of Boom for the first time and shooting for successive wins in the race having partnered Spirit Of Boom for his win 12 months ago.
Gollan was now waiting for a good Doomben 10,000 barrier draw for his hope, but said at this stage it looked a very even affair.
“I don’t think there’s any real standout in the race, they’re a fairly even bunch of horses as it was shown the other day in the BTC Cup,” he said.
“He’s fit enough to win on Saturday and have a slight benefit heading to the Stradbroke.”
Current Doomben 10,000 betting markets at Ladbrokes have Srikandi ($6.50) at the top with Temple Of Boom rated a $19 outsider.
Gollan also still officially has Alma’s Fury nominated for the race, the Refuse To Bend seven-year-old having run 11th in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) last start but unlisted in Saturday’s market with Gollan confirming the galloper would miss the Group 1 in favour of a run in the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) instead.
The 2015 Doomben 10,000 field and barrier draw is out on Wednesday morning so stay tuned.
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