Queenslander Tony Gollan has declared Sydney’s new $2m invitation race for fillies and mares has suddenly become “primary spring target number one” for his Group 1 winner Krone.
Gollan is having a family holiday in Port Douglas in far north Queensland but news travels fast and he was delighted with the announcement of Sydney’s new race called The Invitation to be run over 1400m at Royal Randwick on October 23.
He thinks it is right in the sweet spot of Krone, his star mare who won the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill in March.
He is already kicking up for Krone’s credentials to get an invite to race in the new marquee contest for fillies and mares.
“This race is the sweet spot for her, she is a Group 1 winner and has come back in great shape,” Gollan said.
“We had a heap of potential options for her in the spring, but this race now becomes the primary spring target for her if she can get an invite.
“She fits the profile for it and 1400(m) is absolutely perfect for her.
“There are some big races in Melbourne to consider but they are at a mile and I am a touch dubious about her at a mile.
“This new Sydney race becomes primary spring target number one for her.”
Krone wins the Coolmore Classic. Pic – Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Gollan also has a new stable acquisition, Kiwi Group 1 winning filly Bonham, that he is hoping could mount a case to be included in Sydney’s new $2m race for the girls.
Bonham, soon to turn four, won the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham in January when trained in New Zealand by Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard.
“Even though she won that Group 1 at a mile, we do believe 1400(m) would be ideal for her,” Gollan said.
“She is a Group One winner in New Zealand as a three-year-old, obviously she needs to come back and be very good.
“But if she does she would be on a similar path to Krone and if she was to be invited into this new race it would be a real target for her.
“It is our challenge now to get her up and going great early in her preparation.
“The bottom line is I have two Group 1 winning fillies and mares who I would love to race in a race like this.”
Tony Gollan after winning the Coolmore Classic with Krone. Picture: Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Gollan believes the new “The Invitation” race would also have suited his emerging star Isotope, the winner of the Darby Munro Stakes at Rosehill on Golden Slipper day earlier this year.
However Isotope is out of the spring carnival after suffering a bout of colic.
The field for “The Invitation” will exclusively comprise 12 starters invited by a panel convened by Racing NSW.
Invitations will be extended to fillies and mares from across Australia and New Zealand.
The race will run under a set-weight and penalty scale.
Originally published asSydney’s new $2m race becomes “No. 1 target” for Group 1 winner
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