Temple Of Boom is currently available at 2014 Stradbroke Handicap odds of $21 and has been friendless in betting since the barrier draw was conducted on Wednesday, but trainer Tony Gollan believes that the veteran sprinter represents great betting value at his current quote.
Temple Of Boom was on the fifth line of 2014 Stradbroke Handicap betting markets earlier in the week, along with classy mare Red Tracer, but there has been no money for the in-form galloper after he drew barrier 18 for the Group 1 event at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Gollan told Sky Racing HQ that he feels Temple Of Boom is well over the odds at his current price and is confident that jockey Tegan Harrison will be able to find a good position for the son of Piccolo in the early stages of the Stradbroke Handicap this weekend.
“In the Stradbroke the field usually tends to string out and horses find their spot,” Gollan said.
“Up the back straight at Eagle Farm you have a good run in, so I am quietly confident that Tegan can find a spot in the first four or five.
“Where that spot is I’m not sure and it will depend on what a few other riders do around her.
“If he can slot in and find the spot that we hope he will, I think that he is the form runner out of the 10,000 and he is really over the odds.”
Temple Of Boom made a slow start to his autumn campaign, missing the placings in his three race starts in Sydney, but has found his best form since returning to Brisbane in April.
The seven-year-old scored his first race win in over a year when he upset half-brother Spirit Of Boom and Snitzerland to win the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on April 26 and hit the line strongly when fourth in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on May 10.
Temple Of Boom started at long odds in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 on May 24 and looked the winner with 75 metres left to run, but was caught by a fast-finishing Spirit Of Boom in the shadows of the post.
The Group 1 winner will be running in the Stradbroke Handicap for just the second time in his career after finishing a credible fifth behind Mid Summer Music in the 2012 edition of the race.