In-form Queensland trainer Tony Gollan has revealed exciting six-year-old Alma’s Fury will contest a 2014 Spring Racing Carnival preparation geared towards a likely appearance in the major Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield Racecourse on October 11th.
A notable performer over three race starts through the late autumn/Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival most recently, Alma’s Fury has secured an impressive record of eight victories and 12 minor places from 48 competitive starts and has arguably found career best form since transferring to the care of Gollan earlier this year.
Strolling home to win the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) most recently on June 28th, Gollan said he had initially considered a tilt at the Listed Tattersall’s Mile at Eagle Farm for the Refuse To Bend gelding this weekend, but decided a short stint in the spelling paddock ahead of spring was instead the best move.
“Alma’s Fury is in the spelling paddock for a couple of weeks. He only had a short campaign this time so we will freshen him up and give him some exercise on the water walker,” Gollan told AAP.
“He is going to be hard to place in Brisbane for a while. His rating has gone right back up again and if I ran him in Saturday’s Tatt’s Mile he would get 61 kilograms.
“Even I couldn’t whinge about that weight but not many horses can win with it.”
Likely to return to racing in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington on September 13th, Gollan said an appearance in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) may also figure for Alma’s Fury prior to the Toorak Handicap.
“I think he is up to that class of horse and he is going to get into those races with 53 or 54 kilograms,” Gollan added.
“He is a Group Two winner in Sydney and I think he is racing as well as ever.
“Horses which race well in our winter seem to always race well in Melbourne during the spring. There is no reason Alma’s Fury should be any different.”
The Toorak Handicap has been dominated by Queensland in recent years, with classy Robert Heathcote-trained miler Solzhenitsyn securing back-to-back victories in the Group 1 race in 2012 and 2013.
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