Trainer Tony Gollan is thrilled with the residual fitness held by talented sprinter Temple Of Boom leading into his Spring Carnival campaign, and is confident the popular veteran is a serious chance for success in Saturday’s 2015 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
Temple Of Boom has been a standout performer for Gollan through a long and busy 59 start career to date and delivered the leading Queensland trainer his first win at the highest level of racing when charging home to take out the 2012 edition of the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m).
Having also included the Piccolo gelding in nominations and the final field for the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday, Gollan told Racing Ahead he is confident the 2015 Missile Stakes will figure as an ideal first point of call for the nine-year-old.
“At this stage we’re leaning towards Sydney,” Gollan said.
“I’m really happy with him – he’s had the two trials there in Sydney and improved significantly one to the other.
“If he runs really well Saturday I’d love to have a go at the Memsie.”
Having been partnered by renowned Brisbane-based jockey Tegan Harrison through most of his recent outings, Gollan revealed Winona Costin will likely take the ride on Temple Of Boom in the Missile Stakes.
“She’s done a great job on the horse since he’s been down there,” Gollan said of Costin.
“We’ve had him at the Snowdens’ for a few weeks, she’s been riding a lot of work, she’s trialled him twice.
“This horse is a really good kid’s horse, he did a great job with Tegan Harrison in Queensland and there’s no reason Winona wouldn’t do a great job with him on Saturday.”
Posting eleven wins and fifteen minors through 59 career starts so far, Temple Of Boom returned to slick form through the 2014 Winter Carnival; winning the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) before finishing a close second in each of the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).
Placing second to standout sprinter Chautauqua in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) upon resuming last spring, Temple Of Boom progressed to fifth in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) and a credible sixth in a fanning finish in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) but failed to match the late pace in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) on November 8th.
Last seen finishing fourth in the Stradbroke Handicap on June 6th, Temple Of Boom offers punters great value for money in 2015 Missile Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.