Name: Another Slipper
Dam: Private Nancy
Trainer: Bjorn Baker
Foal Date: 5/9/2013
AUSTRALASIAN THOROUGHBREDS SECURE SEBRING COLT
Australasian Thoroughbreds purchased this colt by leading sire Sebring (by More Than Ready) out of the Magic Millions auction ring during January this year.
Now named, Another Slipper the chestnut was broken-in some two months later and has just gone back into work with Tony Gollan for his second educational preparation last week (17/9/15).
Now a 10-year-old, Sebring topped Australia’s Third Crop honours list at the close of the 2014-15 season with seven stakes winners including the Group 1 winners Criterion (ex Mica’s Pride) and Dissident (ex Diana’s Secret).
Although the 2015-16 racing season is merely two months old Sebring’s progeny have made a strong start with 17 individual winners earning more than $800,000.
Australasian’s principal, Jamie Bourke, is thrilled with the colts progress and believes the colt will make a quality autumn two-year-old with the horses trainer, Tony Gollan agreeing, as they target some of the autumn feature races.
Another Slipper is closely related to Magic Millions juvenlie and Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready (by More Than Ready) and both hail from a family that has produced Group 3 SAJC Adelaide Guineas winner, Nancy Elanor (by Blevic) and, Baughurst (by Tayasu Tsuyoshi) a winner of 10 races including the Group 3 MRC Coongy Handicap (twice).
NOT ENOUGH? The colt has grown alot since the New Year and Australasian Thoroughbreds will be try and keep him as a colt as long as possible. Especially, as Sebring’s son Dissident recently sold to Newgate Farm for covering duties this spring.
Private Nancy has a weanling chestnut colt at foot by More Than Ready and was served last spring by Group 1 winner, Excelebration (by Exceed and Excel).
Jamie Bourke from Australasian Thoroughbreds will manage Another Slippers’ career as well as the syndicate.
It’s fair to say the young man who took out the 2013-14 Brisbane trainers’ premiership made his name with the help of the Group 1-winning half-brothers Spirit of Boom (by Sequalo) and Temple of Boom (by Piccolo). But it would be unfair to say his march toward the top of his profession is solely down to the “Boom Brothers”.
Spirit of Boom is clearly the most successful galloper Gollan has trained, providing his trainer with Group 1 successes in the 2014 MVRC William Reid Stakes and BRC Doomben 10,000. Temple of Boom, the older of the pair, claimed the 2012 ATC Galaxy at Randwick after wins at Group 2, Group 3 and Listed level at Flemington.
While both Booms have greatly enhanced Gollan’s reputation, the effort of the three-year-old Amexed to graduate from a maiden win, over 1600m, at the Sunshine Coast to success at his next start in the Group 3 BRC Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at Doomben during 2014. Equally focused a bright light on his skill as a trainer. Amexed went on to finish fourth in the Group 3 BRC Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) and a creditable fifth in the Group 1 BRC Queensland Derby (2400m). Since the racing season for 2014-15 ticked over last August 1st, Gollan has applied the polish to the talented galloper Gundy Son to win a second black-type at the ripe old age of nine in the Listed Goldmarket Hcp at the Gold Coast. Other talented gallopers include Looks Like The Cat, runner-up to the highly talented galloper Rich Enuff in the VRC Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m). Hijack Hussy won the Listed VRC Desirable Stakes along with placings in a Group 3 and Listed races. Another Gollan trained galloper, Traveston Girl tried to lead-all-the-way at the bay fillies sixth career start in the Group 1 MRC 1,000 Guineas only to be denied victory by three-quarters-of-a-length by, Amicus.
Gollan saddled 57 metropolitan winners to become Brisbane’s champion trainer for 2013-14 and by season’s end Tony had turned out 78 winners in total with the team returning more than $4.6 million in prizemoney to their owners.
While the background to Gollan’s rise to the top suggests he might have been destined to be a successful trainer, success wasn’t handed to the son of Toowoomba trainer Darryl. And it might not have come at all but for a drastic change of direction and a lot of persistence. As a teenager Gollan was a star rugby League player in Toowoomba, earning selection in the Queensland Under-19 squad and winning a scholarship to play in Sydney. But with a professional football career beckoning he chose horse racing.
Gollan’s first winner, Carbon Shadow at Toowoomba in 1999, was a tribute to persistence and dedication coming two-years after he took out his licence. And his first Group 1 win came 13-years later after he’d taken the plunge and moved to Brisbane in 2012 setting up a stable that now has 60 boxes and around 150 horses on its books.
Gollan has also proved a sound judge of young horses, that skill being highlighted by his purchase of Temple of Boom for $40,000 as a yearling in 2008 and Spirit of Boom the following year for $90,000.
With his second trainers’ title won, Gollan is looking for further high-achievement. having saddled up 79 metropolitan winners during the 2014-15 season – 95 winners Australia wide with charges under his care earning more than $4million for his backers.
Gollan has commenced the 2015-16 season in the same fashion with 19 winners from less than 100 runners with more than $600,000 in earnings and the season is only seven weeks old.