Premiership winning trainer Tony Gollan is finding it hard to split his three runners in the Listed $100,000 Keith Noud Quality (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Gollan will saddle up top weight Didntcostalot, veteran sprinter Rocket To Glory and the up and coming Most Important.
“I like all three horses for different reasons and wouldn’t like to split them,” Gollan told Racing Queensland News.
Didntcostalot has earned the 59.5kg top weight with ten wins from thirty-eight starts and will be having his first run back since running second to Fell Swoop in the Group 2 $200,000 National Fire Industry Association QLD Victory Stakes (1200m) at Doomben April 30.
The Danerich eight year old has drawn the outside of the eleven horse field with regular rider Tegan Harrison in the saddle again and is quoted as an $8 chance with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Most Important is stepping back up to Stakes class for the first time this campaign after a win in a 1200m BenchMark 75 Handicap at Doomben on October 8 followed by a second to Primal Flight in an Eagle Farm 1200m Class 6 on October 29.
The I Am Invincible gelding has drawn nicely at barrier three with Robbie Fradd retaining the ride on the $3.90 second favourite.
Rocket To Glory is the longest priced runners of the Gollan trio at $21 but the leading trainer is not leaving him out of the mix following his first up fifth to Prompt Return in an 1110m Handicap at Doomben on November 5.
“Rocket To Glory is clearly over the odds at that price,” Gollan said.
“I thought his first up run was terrific.”
Rocket To Glory has drawn midfield at barrier six and Gollan has placed his faith in stable apprentice Alannah Fancourt who has been given the ride even though she will be unable to use her 2kg claim in the non-claiming Keith Noud Quality.
“It would be good to see him win for Allanah,” Gollan said.
“Allanah is in a similar mould to Tegan Harrison. She’s got great soft hands and gives them every chance.”
The Desleigh Forster trained Too Good To Refuse heads the market order at $3.80 following his eye catching first up second to Prompt Return at Doomben a fortnight ago.
The Rothesay chestnut is certain to drift back in the field again from barrier four and Jim Byrne gets the ride again.
Market order for the Keith Noud Quality at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.80 Too Good To Refuse, $3.90 Most Important, $4.80 Coolring, $8 Didntcostalot, $11 Primal Flight, $12 Sony Legend, $15 Flamboyer, $18 Hard Stride, $20 Another Whiskey, $21 Rocket To Glory, $101 Selfie.