Four-year-old gelding Temple Of Boom is one of the most anticipated runners at Eagle Farm tomorrow with a heap of punters keen to see how well he goes second up into his campaign.
The Tony Gollan trained runner has bucket loads of ability and many tip him to be a real force over the next year or two.
Temple Of Boom will have his 20th start in the Group 3 Healy Stakes and carries in a career record of seven wins and eight placings.
In terms of what you would consider ‘bad runs’ he’s only ever returned two and this consistency is what many people like so much about him.
Things were looking extremely positive at the start of 2011 when he dashed away over 1000m on the Gold Coast to win the Magic Millions Sprint.
Unfortunately though things immediately took a bad turn which is why we’ve seen so little of him this year.
“He jumped a puddle coming off trackwork one morning and cut his front tendon,” Gollan said.
“It wasn’t serious but he had to go back to the paddock which put him out of the autumn carnival in Sydney.
“That was very disappointing as it was a wet autumn down there and he loves the wet.
“By the time he was ready to go again it was too late for the winter but if he runs well there’s a chance he might go to the Ramornie.”
His one run since returning from injury was the Lightning Stakes at Eagle Farm where he made up steady ground to come home in fourth.
If he runs well on Saturday the Ramornie Stakes will be on July 13th down at the Grafton Cup Carnival, both races over 1200m.
Boosting his chances at Eagle Farm is the steer of Corey Brown who has plenty riding on Saturday’s meeting.
In the main event, the Tattersall’s Tiara, he’ll be trying to equal Luke Nolen’s mark of seven Group 1 wins for the season so he’ll be using Temple Of Boom to try and build some momentum going into the main event.
This is something Gollan is well aware of and he’s willing to leave it up to Brown as to how he wants to tackle the race.
“Corey has ridden him three times and knows the horse well,” Gollan said.
“I won’t be speaking to him until Saturday so I hope he’ll have a game plan worked out by then.”
Temple Of Boom has drawn gate 11 in the 11 horse field but Gollan certainly won’t be using that as an excuse.
“I would have liked an inside draw but this horse never runs a bad race and at some stage I expect him to look the winner in the straight,” he said.
“He’s trained on well but I won’t know until Saturday if he’s at the top of his game or whether he might need the run again.”
Much like his fitness leading into the race Gollan also isn’t sure what sort of shape he’s likely to be coming out of the race either.
That has a big impact on whether or not he backs up in Grafton so the trainer will just wait and see what plays out.
“He’s not a big horse and if he happens to win the Healy then he’d probably get too much weight in the Ramornie,” Gollan said.
“I’ve always rated his stablemate Spirit Of Boom as a better horse but Temple Of Boom has won in Melbourne and won on Magic Millions day.”
It’s an interesting statement given that the three-year-old colt Spirit Of Boom has just four wins from his 16 career starts and $350,000 in prize money.
That’s compared to the record of Temple Of Boom which has the seven wins for just under $600,000 earned.