Tony Gollan hopes a four-week freshen up and strict race plan will allow Spirit Of Boom to turn consistent performances into victory in the Group 2 Yellowglen Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Gollan was left frustrated following the five-year-old’s third-place finish in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) last month where he loomed up into a winning position before failing to hit the line in his usual fashion.
“I was a little bit disappointed. He just didn’t seem to finish off,” Gollan said.
“That’s why we’ve given him the four weeks between runs just to freshen him up a little bit.”
Spirit Of Boom recorded a runner-up finish in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) and a fourth in the Group 2 Shorts (1200m) prior to the Gilgai but has thus far been unable to find the cover necessary to show his best.
Gollan is hoping the son of Sequalo can be buried away for as long as possible this weekend to give him every chance to show the turn of foot he knows he possesses.
“He was probably exposed a little early in the Gilgai. He’s a horse that needs cover and we’ll be trying to keep him covered up for as long as possible this weekend,” he said.
“He’s a stallion and he likes to get out and chase. He seems to be very keen down the straight and he’s been getting out a bit early.
“He’s got a nice turn of foot but he hasn’t been able to fully show it. But hopefully he can find some cover this weekend and be let go in the final furlong.”
Gollan has booked Sydney jockey Nash Rawiller to ride the big sprinter for the first time and believes he will be an asset in the strong 13-horse field.
“He tends to suit these sort of horses who have just been a bit below their best. He just seems to get the best out of them,” he said.
Gollan said Group 1 winner Temple Of Boom is progressing well towards his spring grand final in the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) next weekend.