Tony Gollan once landed a knockout blow on punters when Temple Of Boom claimed the Victory Stakes – and seven years later he has declared Vega One is the forgotten horse and well over the odds in the same race.
Brisbane’s premier trainer is no stranger to success in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) as Temple Of Boom won at $41 when edging out stablemate and brother Spirit Of Boom in 2014.
Spirit Of Boom reversed the result in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000.
Vega One, who finished fourth in last year’s Stradbroke Handicap, won’t be anything like the odds on Saturday at Eagle Farm that Temple Of Boom was when winning the Victory in 2014.
Vega One is priced as a $10 chance after returning from a lengthy injury lay-off when getting a long way back and finishing sixth, beaten just over a length, when first-up at Eagle Farm over 1000m on April 17.
The ones who punters are squarely focused on in Saturday’s Victory Stakes are Godolphin’s 2019 Stradbroke winner Trekking ($2.10) and Joe Pride’s mare Fasika ($3.60) who has drawn the inside barrier.
Temple of Boom (black cap) gets the edge over his brother Spirit Of Boom in the 2014 Victory Stakes.Source:News Corp Australia
However Gollan feels he can spring an upset with Vega One.
“I think people got a bit disappointed with his first-up run as his trial was eye-catching on the Tuesday before,” Gollan said.
“But he actually ran up to his normal 1000m form, particularly on good ground.
“Everything has been designed for this race and then onto the next couple of Group 1s for him.
“I think he is the forgotten horse in the (betting) market.
“Last year everyone was raving about him.
“He likes the track on Saturday, he is drawn good, Glen Boss on board and those are all positives.”
Gollan has high respect for the favoured pair in the Victory Stakes market but said Vega One is expected to be much more prominent in the run and ready to strike.
Vega One has misbehaved before at the barriers but Gollan is confident he will get away well under three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Boss.
“I think off a good draw (five) he will settle an awful lot closer, he had to settle way back the other day over 1000m,” Gollan said.
“If he steps away well he is going to get a really good run and he is way over the odds.
“His best wins are when he sits just behind the speed as he is not a horse to get way, way back.
“Trekking is the testing material and also Fasika off a low draw.
“But any chink in their armour and my horse has a run under his belt now and is ready to go.”
Garibaldi resumes for Tony Gollan in the last race. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail
Only 40 minutes after the Victory is run, Gollan has exciting galloper Garibaldi back from a spell and ready to unleash after stringing together four wins in a row at the end of his last preparation.
Gollan feels the penny has dropped with Garibaldi, who is the $2.60 second pick in the Class 6 Plate (1200m) which punters have narrowed down to a two-horse contest.
Scone gelding Fender ($2.15) is the popular elect after a slashing last-start win at Doomben and Gollan knows Garibaldi will be conceding his main rival a start after drawing the widest barrier.
Gollan is hopeful Garibaldi can run Fender down late and show he could be a potential Stradbroke Handicap contender.
“He has been done no favours by the barrier – but he is on a Stradbroke path if his form is up to that,” Gollan said.
“It is a little bit of a worry we have to give Fender a start but you know what, he (Garibaldi) is a good horse and he’s certainly on an upwards spiral.
“He will play his part in the carnival, we will know at what level after Saturday.”
Originally published asGollan: Vega the forgotten horse in Victory
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