Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin
FAVOURITE ‘TO DRIFT’
ELECTRIC Tony Gollan filly Miami Fleiss may well be the most exciting horse that is racing at Doomben on Saturday, but premier trainer Tony Gollan feels bookmakers will take her on.
At midday on Friday, Miami Fleiss was the $1.85 favourite with TAB in the QTIS 3YO Handicap (1050m) but Gollan believes her price will drift.
A daughter of Gollan’s former Group 1 star Spirit Of Boom, Miami Fleiss won her first two starts in breathtaking fashion but then weakened off a hot speed on an unsuitably heavy track when last seen finishing seventh in the $500,000 QTIS Jewel 3YO at the Gold Coast in March.
Gollan believes she can win on resuming, after giving her a solid grounding for her return to the races.
However barrier 10 in a field of 11 is far from ideal and, while she may be simply too brilliant for her opposition, Gollan feels plenty will be prepared to take her on.
“I think she will start longer in the betting market than she is at the moment, I think she will get out a bit,” Gollan said.
“I am pretty sure they will risk her a little bit, with the wide draw.
“Always when you draw wide in a 1050m race at Doomben it worries you, it’s not something you want.
“If you had asked me Wednesday morning where I wanted to draw, it wouldn’t have been 10.
“She has got good speed but these QTIS races, particularly at the end of the season, are run up-tempo and it will be no easy feat for her out there.
“I’m not sure she will lead them, we will go out there to be positive and hopefully we can get across into a good position. She is not at her absolute top but she is certainly there to be competitive. Class takes these sort of horses a long way.”
Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michael Rodd has ridden Miami Fleiss at her three career starts but he has not yet returned to race riding from an extended stint on the sidelines while recovering from an ear infection. Georgina Cartwright takes the ride.
Gollan’s plan with his exciting filly this preparation is to simply see where she is at and attempt to boost her rating to get into better races in the spring or summer or even bumper races next year.
He says the filly is extremely exciting but there is a long way to go before she can tackle the top class.
“She has got to earn that right, she has got 54kg in a 3YO Handicap on Saturday, that tells you where she is at,” Gollan said.