Tony Gollan Off To A Great Start With Two-Year-Olds!
Written on the 20 March 2017
Queensland leading trainer, Tony Gollan got off to a great start with late in the season two-year-olds at the Gold Coast on Saturday when Miss Exfactor won the A & T Trading QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap over 1200 metres.
The Your Song sired filly, who was favourite to win at $1.85 and ridden by Jim Byrne, led all the way with second place winner Shogun Sun making a desperate effort at the 150m mark but falling behind by 1.3 lengths. Stella's Dream ridden by Alannah Fancourt made third place at 5.8 lengths behind Miss Exfactor.
Gollan hasn't had a lot of two year olds to date this season but he plans on rolling them out in the coming weeks.
"We have got several well-bred young horses who will be racing in the near future. It is a bit hard to place Miss Exfactor in the order of ability," Gollan said.
Miss Exfactor came second to Houtzen earlier in March at Eagle Farm in her debut race over 1000 metres at the Winning Edge Presentations Handicap.
"She has done it while a few others are yet to prove themselves on the racetrack. But she is a nice filly and should have finished closer to the Golden Slipper favourite Houtzen at her debut."
"Miss Exfactor resented the whip when second behind Houtzen and she could have finished closer. Not won but finished closer."
Gollan has always had a good opinion of the daughter of first season sire Your Song who stands at Widden Stud in NSW and was bought for $70,000 at the Magic Millions sales.
Gollan only got Miss Exfactor when Jason McLachlan decided to give up training.
"Miss Exfactor was going to Jason but the owners then had to find another trainer. Paul Snowden recommended me to the owners and I am glad to get a winner for them," Gollan said.
Gollan may take Miss Exfactor down to Sydney late in the autumn carnival for races such as the Percy Sykes Handicap.
Gollan also had success with the more seasoned Brazen Moss at Race 5 on Saturday at the Gold Coast over 1400 metres.
At the 150 metre mark, the 5yo gelding, sired by Mossman, powered home by Jim Byrne from the outside to take the lead off Uno Best who eventually finished 11th after a good start. Charcuterie came in second, 1.5 lengths behind Brazen Moss, with Hotel Coste making the grade in third place at 2.8 lengths.
The mid week race at Doomben saw Gollan trained 3yo Ercolano sired by Pentire win his maiden over 1630 metres by Alannah Fancourt. D'amore D'merrier came in second, .8 lengths behind Ercolano with Montana Pines another Gollan trained 3yo in third place at 4.1 lengths.
Bloodstock agent John Foote purchased Ercolano from the Karaka Sales in NZ. John knows how to pick a good Pentire with his purchase of Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance. Whilst he has a long way to go to get to that level, he is nevertheless an exciting staying prospect for the Gollan stable.
Gollan's second maiden win midweek in Doomben was by Alannah Fancourt on Happy Hooves at race 5 over 1200 metres. The 3yo gelding sired by Real Saga won by 1.5 lengths over Skyscraper with Clever Blaze at 2.8 lengths in third place.
All up a great week of racing for the Gollan stables.
(Photo: Miss Exfactor ridden by Jim Byrne to victory on the Gold Coast - Photo Credit: racingqueensland.com.au)