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Tony Gollan still Queensland summer king

Trainer Tony Gollan may not have won the MM Classic but he still had a lucrative day.

Naturally disappointed he didn’t win the Magic Millions Classic, premier Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan can take heart from the fact he is still clearly king of the Queensland summer.

Gollan has targeted summer carnivals and has won 15 feature races in recent years.

He had another wonderful summer with the highlight Magic Millions day on Saturday even though Outback Barbie and Ef Troop ran third and fourth in the 2YO Classic.

Gollan-trained horses won $921,250 at the meeting with the lion’s share coming from I’m A Rippa’s $600,000 first prize in the $1 million Magic Millions QTIS Handicap.

It lifted his stable summer carnival earnings to just under $1.5 million which included feature wins by Ef Troop (Phelan Ready Stakes), Outback Barbie (Calaway Gal Stakes) and Most Important (Lough Neagh Stakes).

Gollan also picked up a $50,000 bonus for being the leading trainer in the Summer Crown race series.

“It obviously wasn’t the result we wanted in the Magic Millions Classic as more than a few things went wrong,” Gollan said.

“But I’m A Rippa is an example of how we will be back trying again next year. He didn’t cost much but to win a $1 million race with him was great.”

Gollan will decide in the next week whether to tackle the Sydney autumn or keep his main weapons for the Brisbane winter.

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