Queensland-based trainer Tony Gollan is set to lead the local charge on the 2014 Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse, having nominated classy stable mates the ‘Boom Brothers’ , who have each arguably completed the ideal lead-up to this weekend’s featured event.
Returning to the track in career-best form this time in having claimed two major Group 1 titles including the Doomben 10,000 (1350m) last time out, Spirit Of Boom has been charged with carry 58kgs in the Stradbroke Handicap, while in-form veteran Temple Of Boom will shoulder 55.5kgs.
Confident his runners are more than capable of handling their allocated weights, Gollan told the Daily Telegraph barriers are sure to play a huge part in the outcome of the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap.
“I’d love it if Spirit could draw anywhere between one and four, and for Temple to draw anywhere between three and eight,” Gollan said.
“They’ve both come through their last runs really well, and what will enhance their chances on Saturday will be good barriers. That’s what enhanced their chances in the Doomben 10,000.
“If Spirit draws wide with 58kgs, that makes his job really hard. But if he gets a soft draw, and gets a similar run to the one he did in the 10,000, I’m confident he’ll carry the 58kgs. The weight won’t be as big a deal if he draws well.”
Amidst his most successful racing calendar as a trainer, Gollan is excited by the prospect of delivering Queensland another notable victory at Eagle Farm this weekend, but conceded the Stradbroke Handicap has the potential to go almost anywhere.
“This one is wide open. There are a few Kiwis, a few from Victoria,” Gollan said.
“I tipped a Queensland win in the 10,000; I though Buffering was the horse to beat outside of our horses, and I certainly hope it can be another Queensland victory on Saturday.”
Securing the Quinella in the Doomben 10,000, Spirit Of Boom and Temple Of Boom pose a great chance of success in the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap; offered at generous odds of $9 and $10 respectively at leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Aiming for a sixth consecutive victory when lining up this weekend, Srikandi is currently sole occupant of the top line of betting for success in the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap, offered at a quote of $4.60, ahead of Rebel Dane ($6.50), Hucklebuck ($7) and Red Tracer ($8.50).
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