In-form jockey Tegan Harrison will be left with the job of deciding what tactics to use on Traveston Girl in the Listed $100,000 Queensland Bus Industry Council Brisbane Handicap (1640m) at Doomben on Saturday.
Harrison took Traveston Girl to front last start for an all the way win in the Listed $100,000 Tattersall’s Recognition Stakes (1600m) at Doomben a fortnight ago but trainer Tony Gollan said that the four year old mare doesn’t have to lead again this week.
Gollan will give Harrison no specific instructions and leave the final tactics up to her discretion.
“I’ll let Tegan decide if she wants to lead but she doesn’t have to,” Gollan told Racing Queensland News.
“She’ll roll along as usual.”
Gollan has reported that Traveston Girl has trained on really well since the Recognition Stakes which was her first win since the Winter of 2014 although she did run second to Amicus in the Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield during the 2014 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
“She’s trained on well since her Recognition win,” Gollan said.
“This is her fourth run back and she’s right at her best. She’s found further improvement.”
Gollan has his stable firing at the moment and continued his feature race success last Saturday at Doomben when he saddled up the trifecta in the Group 3 $200,000 Channel 7 George Moore Stakes (1200m) with Didntcostalot leading all of the way for Harrison beating Gundy Spirit and Fontelina.
The premiership leading trainer will again have multiple runners in the Brisbane Handicap and as well as Traveston Girl will saddle up Trakstar, Best Of The Rest and First Bloom, but sees the odds of training another trifecta as being very long.
“We’re going to the races with four good chances in the Brisbane Handicap and they are all fit and well,” Gollan said.
“I’m not even contemplating a trifecta. It’s too hard a race.”
Another good performance from Traveston Girl will see her head to the Gold Coast for the $1m Magic Millions Trophy (1800m) at the on January 9 which will help Gollan plan her 2016 Brisbane Winter Carnival program.
“We’ll see after the Magic Millions where to go with her but the Trophy may give us some indication whether she might be a Doomben Cup horse next year,” Gollan said.
Traveston Girl continues to firm in betting for the Brisbane Handicap and is currently the $3.20 favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au.
The Robert Heathcote trained Hopfgarten is next in the market order at $4.80 ahead of Best Of The Rest at $7.50 and Toowoomba galloper Jumbo Prince at $8.
Brisbane Handicap market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.20 Traveston Girl, $4.80 Hopfgarten, $7.50 Best Of The Rest, $8 Jumbo Prince, $10 Landlocked, Shotover River, $18 First Bloom, $19 Darci Be Good, $21 Faust, Bewhatyouwannabe, $26 Victory Hotel, $34 Trakstar, $61 Revitalise, $101 Tints.
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