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One of Brisbane’s best trainers Tony Gollan is hoping to launch a four-pronged attack on the opening leg of the Summer Sprint Series in the 2015 George Moore Stakes at Doomben Racecourse this weekend.
Saturday’s headline race, the $200,000 Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) attracted 19 nominations including six from the Gollan stables.
Heading Gollan’s possible George Moore Stakes runners this season is his Group 1 winning warhorse Temple Of Boom, the nine-year-old son of Piccolo last seen running second last in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
While yet to win at Doomben, the galloper is a $1.9 million earner with class that Gollan hopes can turn his Melbourne form around to return to the winner’s stall back home.
Also coming off Victorian spring form is his Testa Rossa seven-year-old Fontelina, the gelding last seen running five lengths away ninth to Éclair Choice in Flemington’s Group 2 Linlithgow Stakes (1200m) on Victoria Derby Day during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“I’m not all that sure the Flemington sprint form will hold up because the way the track played and the amount of interference in races,” Gollan, who enjoyed success in the Listed Recognition Stakes on Saturday with Taveston Girl, told AAP on Monday.
“I hope to have four runners (in the George Moore Stakes field).”
Gollan leads the Brisbane Trainers’ Premiership race by a notable margin with 34 metropolitan winners for the season, 20 more than Robert Heathcote of Buffering fame, and hopes to keep the good times going with a big Brisbane Summer Racing Carnival.
“I really hope to have a big summer this year. We were a bit away from things in the winter and then we were quiet during the spring,” Gollan said.
“But I had planned to have a big summer and Traveston Girl got us off on the right leg. The George Moore has a long history of being won by good horses.”
Gollan’s other George Moore Stakes nominated hopefuls are Casual Choice, last start Doomben winner Didntcostalot, and Gundy Spirit and Whiskey Allround who ran fourth and fifth respectively in the Listed Keith Noud Handicap (1200m) on November 14.
Whiskey Allround, like the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained That’s A Good Idea, is a dual nominee across two states this weekend also entered for Rosehill’s Listed Starlight Stakes in Sydney.
After the George Moore Stakes the next two legs of the Brisbane Summer Sprint Triple Crown are the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) and Listed Bernborough Handicap, Sydney’s Big Money taking out the first two legs last season.
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