Fontelina Tops 2015 Goldmarket Handicap Field & Weights

Brisbane’s leading trainer for the season Tony Gollan will shoot for another win in Saturday’s Goldmarket Handicap 2015 at the Gold Coast accepting for three gallopers including Fontelina.


Fontelina is the headline acceptor for the last at the Gold Coast on Boxing Day – the 2015 Goldmarket Handicap. Photo: Steve Hart.

Due to run as Race 9 at 4:55pm (QLD time) as the card closer on Boxing Day in Queensland, this summer’s $100,000 Listed Goldmarket Handicap (1300m) features a capacity field of 16 starters plus six emergency runners.

Heading the line-up and the Goldmarket Handicap weights with 60kg is Gollan’s last start Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) winner at Doomben, Testa Rossa seven-year-old Fontelina.

A fortnight ago the gelding carried 58.5kg to a one and three quarter length win in the black-type over similar distance on the back of a third in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m).

Now the galloper looks to continue his good 1300m form with a fourth win from seven runs over the distance in his Gold Coast debut from a wide gate 16 draw with Jim Byrne retaining the ride.

Gollan won last season’s Goldmarket Handicap with Gundy Sun and seeks back-to-back victories having also accepted for Jet Spur five-year-old Gundy Spirit and High Esteem.

Gundy Spirit was runner-up in the George Moore two back and fourth in the Lough Neagh, the gelding having his fourth Gold Coast run on Saturday where he last lined-up to finish third to Neo in the Listed Prime Ministers Cup (1400m) in late April.

Following Fontelina in the weights are the Pat Duff-trained Steel Zip (57.5kg) and Chris Waller’s Sydney visitor Heart Testa (57kg) who is also accepted for the Canterbury Classic in Sydney on Saturday.

Canadian Silver eight-year-old Steel Zip won three on the trot at Doomben including the Listed Keith Noud Handicap (1200m) in mid-November before things went a miss when dead last beaten over 17 lengths in the Lough Neagh last time out.

Another in-form hope in the mix is the now Peter Robl-trained Aussies Love Sport who Glyn Schofield is down to ride from a double digit gate.

The Redoute’s Choice five-year-old is second-up on the weekend and comes off a close second to Cradle Me in the Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) at Randwick from December 12.

Real Surreal was also runner-up first-up last time out in black-type company, Kelso Wood’s Real Saga mare beaten a length by Slots in the Listed Just Now Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on December 5.

There the five-year-old carried 59kg and while she drops to the 54kg minimum this weekend, has drawn the third widest gate in the large field for Michael Cahill to overcome.

Drawn the opposite end of the field with the inside alley is Robert Heathcote’s Commands six-year-old Saluter who has winning form at the track and comes off a second to Fontelina in the Lough Neagh where he also had barrier one.

Other notable Goldmarket Handicap chances in 2015 include the Kelly Doughty-trained local mare Little Brown Horse who won Doomben’s Listed Arcade Classic (1200m) last month and Heathcote’s other acceptor Joba coming off a big three-year-old win at home two weeks ago.

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2015 Goldmarket Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

Gold Coast Race 9 (4:55pm) – 26/12/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 47000×5931 FONTELINA Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 16 60kg 106
2 2235121110 STEEL ZIP Pat Duff Jeff Lloyd 17 57.5kg 101
3 150×403449 HEART TESTA Chris Waller Tye Angland 5 57kg 100
4 79x29151x2 AUSSIES LOVE SPORT Peter Robl Glyn Schofield 15 55kg 96
5 x70x4100x2 REAL SURREAL Kelso Wood Michael Cahill 20 54kg 96
6 4100223×15 LITTLE BROWN HORSE Kelly Doughty Geoffrey Goold 11 54kg 94
7 908×392312 SALUTER Robert Heathcote Dwayne Dunn 1 54kg 94
8 x1201172x0 DAPH ’N’ ALF Jared Wehlow Ryan Wiggins 18 54kg 93
9 66x30199x1 JOPA Robert Heathcote Robbie Fradd 9 54kg 92
10 51340×7424 GUNDY SPIRIT Tony Gollan Luke Tarrant (a) 8 54kg 90
11 431×757044 BEST CASE (NZ) Bryan Guy Paul Hammersley 12 54kg 89.5
12 0x98x355x8 VELROSSO Matthew Dunn Regan Bayliss (a) 19 54kg 89.5
13 36x73026x1 BACHMAN Gerald Ryan Kerrin McEvoy 6 54kg 88
14 45235244×5 PILLAR OF CREATION Tony Sears James Orman (a) 3 54kg 88
15 4x73420x32 BALIGARI Lloyd Kennewell Joe Bowditch 13 54kg 86
16 12x1152x86 LE VAL Noel Doyle Luke Rolls 2 54kg 86
17e 0x869x4380 HIGH ESTEEM Tony Gollan Ms Tegan Harrison 7 54kg 83
18e 4909744×26 ABSALON Shane Marr Brodie Loy (a) 10 54kg 82
19e 3597x6x89x REGULAR Bryan Guy TBA 22 54kg 79.5
20e 0x21214x71 MISTER BOOZE David Murphy TBA 14 54kg 78
21e 34251×7460 SIEGFRIED Toby Edmonds TBA 4 54kg 77
22e 66214163×4 ANYMORE John Dann TBA 21 54kg 76.5


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