Tony Gollan Trained Ef Troop the First Progeny of Spirit of Boom to Win!
Written on the 6 November 2017
Ef Troop is the first progeny of Tony Gollan-trained Spirit Of Boom to win a start and in record style at Doomben on Saturday.
Ef Troop also trained by Tony Gollan, won his trial at Doomben by 8 1/2 lengths on Tuesday before winning the Padua Old Boys QTIS Two-Year-Old Colts and Geldings Handicap (1050m) as favourite ($2.15) by more than a neck to Only Want to Sing ($41) on Saturday.
The gelding ran 60.33 seconds, which took a full second off the previous class record and only slightly over a second outside the course record, confirming Gollan's feelings that Ef Troop was a definite runner.
Gollan said he had a big opinion of Ef Troop, however he wanted to make sure he had fully recovered after his trial before starting on Saturday.
"I wasn't so bullish at the 600m when Catastrophic was going with him but to his credit Ef Troop kept going," Gollan said.
"It was a great run from a horse having his first start. He is a Magic Millions horse so he can have 10 days in the paddock and then we will start looking at the ($2 million) Magic Millions Classic."
The win was a special moment for Gollan who had trained 2014 Doomben 10,000 Winner Spirit Of Boom before going to stud at Eureka Stud.
"He has had a couple of seconds earlier this season so it's great to be the first to train a winner by him. He is going to make a top sire," Gollan added.
Ef Troop was purchased with agent John Foote from the Eureka draft at this years' Magic Millions Premier Sale for $70,000. He was a stand out in strength and athleticism, with a close resemblance to his father Spirt of Boom.
(Photo: Ef Troop, Photo source: Gollan Racing)
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