Trainer Tony Gollan is looking forward to the Melbourne spring carnival with Sprit of Boom following his fast finishing fourth placed effort behind Pampelonne in the Group 2 Shorts (1200m) at Randwick last Saturday.
“I’m a bit biased I know but I thought he was clearly the run of the race,” Gollan said.
“He had to go too far back from the wide alley unfortunately and when he was back in the field, he was still caught out deep.
“He then got on the back of Manawanui who just took us nowhere (Manawanui suffered a bleeding attack during the race) and balanced up second last on the home turn.
“When you’re spotting horses like Pampelonne and Satin Shoes so much of a start at the top of the straight and covering ground...to run Pampelonne to two lengths and finish alongside the minor placegetters, his run was phenomenal.
“The run has given me great confidence for his next races,” he added.
Gollan says Spirit of Boom will have his next three runs over 1200 metres down the Flemington straight.
Spirit of Boom will have his next run in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes on October 6 before running in the Group 2 Salinger Stakes on November 3 and the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic a week later.
“I’m looking forward to racing against similar class sprinters down the straight when I expect him to settle much closer and not have the handicap of covering extra ground around a turn.”
“Spirit of Boom travelled down to Melbourne after his race on Saturday and is already in Melbourne, stabled with John Sadler at Flemington. He travelled down well and licked out his feed bin so the signs are good," Gollan added.