The Doomben Cup 2018 takes centre stage in...
Tony Gollan’s flying mare Traveston Girl gets the chance to complete the Brisbane Sprint Series Triple Crown and cap off a stellar season for her trainer in the 2015 Bernborough Handicap this weekend.
The Doomben Racecourse feature is the third and final leg of the series and Flying Spur four-year-old Traveston Girl is out to complete the hat-trick following victories in the Listed Recognition Stakes (1600m) and the Listed Brisbane Handicap (1640m) over the past month.
A total of 19 nominations were taken for this Saturday’s $175,000 Listed Bernborough Handicap (1615m) including for from the state’s premier stable.
Along with sure to be favourite Traveston Girl, who posted her fourth career win and third at the Doomben track on December 5 with her narrow success over the Robert Heathcote-trained Hopfgarten in the Brisbane Handicap, are three other Gollan-trained entries.
He has also nominated for Onemorenomore four-year-old Bentles, Stratum six-year-old Trakstar who ran eighth in the Brisbane Handicap last time out and Best Of The Rest who ran a disappointing 12th in the same traditional lead-up after a better showing when fourth in the Recognition the run before.
Traveston Girl is the only last start winner among the possible line-up in Saturday’s feature Queensland showdown as she chases her third win from five starts at the track and distance.
“It would be a nice way to finish the carnival,” Gollan told AAP of a possible Bernborough Handicap win this weekend with Traveston Girl.
Heathcote’s Brisbane Handicap runner-up Hopfgarten and third past the post in the second leg of the series Shotover River, who was also runner-up in the Recognition Stakes beaten one and a half lengths, are the other headline Bernborough entries.
Last year’s Brisbane Handicap winner Hopfgarten, who ran fourth in the 2014 Bernborough Handicap behind Tinto, and Traveston Girl are also scheduled to clash again next month on January 9 at the Gold Coast Racecourse in the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy (1800m).
It will be the first Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day appearance for Traveston Girl but she does have form at the track having crossed third to Nostradamus in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) back in April.
Mossman five-year-old Hopfgarten has also had just one previous Gold Coast run over his 33-start career when unplaced in November last year behind Sir Moments in a 1400m handicap.
Other notable Bernborough Handicap hopefuls this weekend include Barry Baldwin’s Show A Heart gelding Glendara coming off three straight second place efforts at Doomben and the John Zielke-trained Worthy Cause last seen finishing third to Casino Dancer in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown in mid-November.
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