NATHAN EXELBY — The Courier-Mail
EVERGREEN sprinter Temple Of Boom is set to embark on his sixth consecutive Melbourne spring carnival, but with a new plan of attack after his brave fourth in Saturday’s Stradbroke Handicap.
Trainer Tony Gollan is not interested in the premier sprints again this year and instead wants to tackle the early weight-for-age races, which often lack depth and include many stayers resuming.
It took his earnings to $1.9 million and Gollan wants to give him the chance to crack the $2 million mark.
“We’re not going to retire him yet. While he’s still competitive he can keep going,” he said.
“He looked magnificent on Saturday and he’s a happy horse. He doesn’t look like a rising nine-year-old and he’s remarkably sound.
“He’s only had four runs this time in and he could race again in a fortnight if I wanted to.
“But I will give him a little break now and try to use that residual fitness in some of those early Melbourne races. The weight-for-age races at that time of year should suit, because there’s usually still a bit of sting out of the ground as well.
“That residual fitness should make races like the Liston and Memsie Stakes suitable.”
Pending Temple Of Boom’s form, Gollan is also mindful that next year’s Magic Millions Day offers lucrative prizemoney in races that fit the veteran’s profile beautifully.
After a frustrating carnival, Gollan is hoping to replicate the success he had at Ipswich last year, when he won both races. Gundy Spirit runs for the stable in the Eye Liner and Hi Son will tackle the Cup.
Gollan’s 2014 Eye Liner winner Alma’s Fury was retired this week after fracturing a sesamoid.
“He will be OK. We will keep him in the stable for a bit and then give him a good home after that,” Gollan said.
Gundy Spirit failed in the 1600m Lord Mayor’s Cup last start, but prior to that was a good fourth to Charlie Boy in the BRC Sprint.
Hi Son bounced off a disappointing run in the Toowoomba Cup when fifth in the Premier’s Cup last start, where he was just on the heels of Saturday’s Brisbane Cup winner Jetset Lad.
Robert Smerdon will monitor Lumosty over the next week to determine if she starts in the Tatts Tiara.
Another Tiara aspirant Najoom is set to trial at the Gold Coast on Tuesday.
Other Tiara runners from Saturday’s Doomben meeting include Bring Me The Maid, Peron and Bound For Earth.
Black Heart Bart will return to Western Australia to be prepared for Perth’s summer carnival, while spring plans are undecided for New Zealander Sacred Star, who will also spell.