Veteran sprinter Temple Of Boom is the spear head of trainer Tony Gollan’s five runners in the Group 3 $200,000 Channel 7 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday.
Temple Of Boom will be lining up for the sixty-third time on Saturday and will be joined by stablemates Fontelina, Didntcostalot, Gundy Spirit and Casual Choice.
The nine year old will be having his first run back from a short break following a brief Spring Carnival campaign that saw him run third to Burbero in the Group 2 $175,000 McGrath Estate Agents Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 8 followed by a fourteenth to Boban in the Group 1 $400,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 29.
Temple Of Boom provided Gollan with his first Group 1 win when he won the 2012 Group 1 $350,000 The James Boag Galaxy (1100m) at Randwick and the premiership leading trainer still feels he has plenty to offer on the racetrack at the moment but see retirement looming..
“He’s going well and he has really good legs but it’s fair to say this could be his last season,” Gollan told Queensland Racing News.
“He’s a real happy horse. He’s a good chance but he could be a little vulnerable coming off a break.”
Gollan rates Temple Of Boom the pick of his five runners but admits that he his also his favourite horse in the stable.
“I couldn’t pick anything ahead of old Temple as he’s my favourite horse,” Gollan said.
“But Fontelina is also going terrific. He’s third up and you have to forget his last run when he was on the worst part of the track.”
Fontelina is also returning from a short Spring Carnival campaign that saw him run fifth to Dothraki in the Listed $150,000 City Tattersalls Club Lightning (1100m) at Randwick on October 17 followed by a luckless ninth to Eclair Choice in the Group 2 $300,000 tab.com.au Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 31.
Fontelina has drawn the rails while Temple Of Boom has also drawn well at three with Didntcostalot coming up with gate five.
Didntcostalot is racing in top form with three wins from his last five starts, his latest an all the way win in a $65,000 Handicap at Doomben on October 31.
Gundy Spirit has drawn barrier seven and is coming off a fourth to Steel Zip in the Listed $100,000 One Key Resources Keith Noud Handicap (1200m) at Doomben a fortnight ago.
While Casual Choice has fared the worst of Gollan’s quintet, drawing barrier eleven in the twelve horse George Moore Stakes field.
The Kelly Schweida trained Miss Cover Girl has had a freshened up since running third to Nayeli in the Group 3 $125,000 City Tattersalls Club Nivison (1200m) at Randwick on October 17 and was out of luck at the barrier draw, coming up with the outside gate.
The consistent Architect has drawn barrier six and the Keith Noud runner up Top Tone has drawn well at two and will have evergreen jockey Tony Erhart in the saddle again.
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