With a win in Saturday’s Group 1 $1 million Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) guaranteeing Spirit Of Boom victory in the inaugural G1 Sprint Championship and a $50,000 international travel subsidy, trainer Tony Gollan said an overseas trip with the stallion was certainly a consideration.
“I would certainly consider travelling him if he was to win the Newmarket,” Gollan said.
“He’s the right horse to travel, he’s a beautifully relaxed stallion who seems to adapt very well.
“My immediate thoughts are obviously the Newmarket and then perhaps the Goodwood, he’s a horse that I dearly want to get a Group 1 victory with.”
While he said it was all dependant on how the five-year-old son of Sequalo fared in Saturday’s G1 Sprint Championship final, Gollan nominated both Royal Ascot in June and the Group 1 Krisflyer Sprint (1200m) in Singapore in May as possible options.
“Royal Ascot would be a good option as long as it wasn’t wet, where as Singapore is normally firm and they tend to run along pretty quickly over there too which could possibly suit a horse like him,” he said.
Third at his first up run in the second leg of the series, the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate, Gollan said Spirit Of Boom had come through the run perfectly.
“I’m in Melbourne at the moment, the weather’s beautiful and I’ve seen the horse this morning and he’s trained on really well since his first up run,” he said.
“He was pretty well out of the race after they went 20 metres (in the Oakleigh Plate), he was checked and they just didn’t go as quickly as everyone expected.
“We’re just looking for a nice draw, hopefully he can draw in the middle somewhere and get a bit of cover because he can pull a bit if he’s drawn on either flank and exposed a little bit too early.”
Spirit Of Boom is currently priced at $26 with TAB for Saturday’s Newmarket Handicap with acceptances for the meeting to close at 10AM Wednesday.
by Ben Asgari, Racing Victoria