Dam: The General's Lady
Trainer: Tony Gollan
Foal Date: 24/9/2012
AUSTRALASIAN THOROUGHBREDS FIRST PUBLIC OFFERING AND IT’S A COLT BY ZABEEL
For a new syndication company, Australasian Thoroughbreds have made a grand start with a majority shareholding in the Group 1 BRC J.J. Atkins Stakes runners-up, Sagaronne (by Real Saga).
This colt is their very first public offering and Australasian selected the bay out of the 2014 New Zealand Ready to Run sale and is from the very last commercial crop of the magnificent stallion, Zabeel.
Now a three-year-old the bay has an uncanny resemblance to his sire Zabeel and being out of a mare by General Nediym, The General’s Lady a winner of three races from just 11-starts including the Awassi New Zealand Sprint (1200m). It gives the mating a nice injection of General Nediym’s speed over Zabeel’s stamina and that’s a great mix for the nominated trainer, Tony Gollan, to work with.
Jamie Bourke from Australasian Thoroughbreds deliberately targeted the colt and he is retaining five shares (25%) in the colt as he was keen to have a thoroughbred that is capable of being aimed at the three-year-old classic races during the 2015-16 racing season.
Every year in Australia 77 races are held at stakes level for three-year-olds and they offer more than $20million in prizemoney. In addition these races are for horses that can manage 1600m and beyond. Bourke was very keen to target that pool of prizemoney with this colt.
The colt has since had a light preparation with Gollan which culminated with a barrier trail will be to get the colt going as they look towards the Spring. And, while the stock by Zabeel have had success in Australia’s biggest races this colt will be nurtured until he’s ready to race.
NOT ENOUGH? Australasian Thoroughbreds are keen to keep this colt, well a colt, as they are very aware sires by ‘Zabeel’ have a great success rate. In addition Reset, Zed & Don Eduardo are all starting to age.
Gollan can bring the best out in the colt and the bay happens to win a race he’ll have stud potential. If the colt happens to win a ‘black type’ race – the stud value grows again and the outcome could be rewarding.
The syndicate will be managed by Jamie Bourke from Australasian Thoroughbreds Pty Limited.
It is fair to say the young man who took out the 2013-2014 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 oldest 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. Efforts by horses under his care that equally focused a bright light on his skill as a trainer were with Amexed finishing fourth in the Group 3 BRC Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) and a creditable fifth in the Group 1 BRC Queensland Derby (2400m).
Now the racing season for 2014-15 is over, Gollan 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. Over Easter, Gollan then saddled up Rocket to Glory to win the Listed Chief de Beers Stakes at Doomben adding more cream to the seasons win tally of 95 from 603 runners. The Gollan trained gallopers earned connections more than $4million and included talented gallopers 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 added the 2014-15 premiership title a year after his first with a career winner’s record standing at 635 from 4,428 runners.
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 U-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 some 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-achievements
“We did a lot of things well last season, but some things not so well,” Gollan said recently.
“The opportunity is there now to build and to continue to improve. That’s the goal and that’s where we’re heading.”