The excitement of watching the first of his stable’s new season two-year-olds race at Doomben will keep premier Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan at home even though he has a Group One runner at Randwick.
Doomben’s meeting on Saturday features Queensland’s first metropolitan races for juveniles this season, a few hours before the Gollan-trained Amexed runs in the Metropolitan Handicap in Sydney.
“I would normally be wherever I had a Group One runner if it wasn’t for the two-year-olds racing at Doomben,” Gollan said.
“It’s exciting to see what they can do.
“We don’t have official trials like they do in Sydney but they have pleased me in jump-outs and are ready to go to the races.”
The Gollan-trained Our Mystify runs in the 1050m-race for fillies while Never In Doubt and Unlikely Story run in the colts and geldings division.
Our Mystify was the TAB’s $3.80 favourite on Thursday ahead of the Liam Birchley-trained Real Princess at $4.
Real Princess is one of two horses in either division with race experience having finished second to Pure Luck at Toowoomba last Saturday in the state’s first juvenile race.
The Kevin Kemp-trained Fairy Wings, also an acceptor for Doomben, ran sixth in the same race.
“Our Mystify is a nice filly and is drawn well in barrier two which should help her get around Doomben,” Gollan said.
Unlikley Story is edging his stablemate Never In Doubt for favouritism in the male division with the pair at $3 and $3.60 respectively.
Gollan is expanding his operation to include a Sydney stable at Rosehill and some of his youngsters will head south later in season.
“We’ve got Magic Millions horses here and also a lot of (NSW) BOBS bonus horses,” he said.
“If they measure up we can take them to Sydney. There is more prize money and we can get them qualified for the Magic Millions race in January.
“I’ve got no illusions about how hard two and three-year-old racing is down there.
“But we’ve got some nice horses and hopefully they measure up.”
Whether Amexed can measure up in the Metropolitan remains to be seen but Gollan is optimistic.
“He’s a 50-1 chance but it’s a handicap and he runs 2400 metres so he deserves his chance,” he said.