Gol­lan has plenty of op­tions for Ef Troop through­out Spring

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MARK OBERHARDT

TOP Queens­land three­year-old Ef Troop has come through a trial win in fine fet­tle and will be­gin his cam­paign to­mor­row at Doomben with Brad Ste­wart as his new jockey.

Ef Troop lines up in the Three-Year-Old Hand­i­cap over 1110m while sta­ble­mate Out­back Barbie, who also won a trial at Doomben last Tues­day, will have the first start of her prepa­ra­tion in Syd­ney.

Out­back Barbie will run in ei­ther the Sil­ver Shadow Stakes at Rand­wick on Au­gust 18 or San Domenico Rose­hill a week later.

Trainer Tony Gol­lan said he was lucky to have so many op­tions for the pair in the next six months.

“It is no use get­ting ahead of your­self.

“I know ev­ery trainer says it but I have learned to take things one step at a time,” Gol­lan said.

“In this day and age there are so many op­tions for good horses. If Ef Troop gets through Satur­day in or­der he will def­i­nitely head south. But whether that is Syd­ney or Mel­bourne re­mains up in the air.”

Gol­lan said he had the Magic Mil­lions car­ni­val in Jan­uary at the back of his mind for both horses.

Out­back Barbie fin­ished third and Ef Troop fourth in the Magic Mil­lions two-year-old Clas­sic at the Gold Coast be­fore both were placed in stakes races dur­ing the autumn in Syd­ney.

An­other of sta­ble’s three-year-olds, God­fa­ther’s Girl, will miss to­mor­row’s Doomben race to tackle a pro­vin­cial QTIS race.

The un­raced filly ran faster time than Out­back Barbie and slightly slower than Ef Troop when she also won a trial last week.

“She can race at the Gold Coast next Satur­day or in Toowoomba next week for QTIS money be­fore we head to town with her,” Gol­lan said.

Smart three-year-old Ef Troop re­sumes at Doomben to­mor­row.

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