Tony Gollan


20 Feb 2014

A personal and professional rediscovery orchestrated more than 12 months ago, has Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan primed for a genuine autumn assault, starting this weekend with six year-old stable star Spirit of Boom competing in the 1100m Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield. 


Gollan, who currently sits atop the Brisbane Horse Racing Trainers Premiership with Matthew Dunn, has enjoyed consistent metropolitan successes from his 40-strong Eagle Farm stable over the past year.

And this weekend's Melbourne mission provides his prized stallion the perfect return to the track, following an impressive, last-start fourth during November's Winterbottom Stakes in Perth.

Spirit of Boom's aim is pretty clear, to win a Group 1 and there are several options available in this preparation which we'll continue to look at as the season progresses,” confirmed Gollan.

The key to this horse is a dry track; the autumn can be tricky in Sydney where there's usually a bit of rain so we'll look to strike early in this prep and snag one of the Group 1's down there in Melbourne.

He appears to be equally as good as what he was last spring, he's found a really good race, his preparation has been ideal, and with the quick turnaround from Perth he's come along really well, especially over the last three weeks.”

For Gollan, every trek south means a whole lot more in his transformation from successful Queensland country toiler to big city performer.

Initial successes out of his hometown stable in Toowoomba had the 34 year-old reeling in the top 10 of the 2011 Brisbane Premiership, but that achievement has been trumped more recently with the relocation of Gollan Racing to Brisbane in the winter of 2012.

The move itself came with some difficulty but it had been 12 months in the planning. We started out with a smaller carnival team, then built that up across the first four months to ensure a seamless transition which resulted in a top five finish in the premiership last year,” added Gollan.

We've gone from being a major provincial player in Queensland to a highly successful metropolitan stable. With that we've been able to attract a whole new clientele and the initial hard work is paying off with solid results out on the track.

Like any results-driven industry the range of emotions you go through can be the highest of highs and lowest of lows, but you always look to peak your horses for the big races and hope the preparation has been faultless.”

Behind the scenes it's still very much a family affair at Gollan Racing, with fiance Jane charged with handing all communications and sister Zoe managing the accountancy side of the business.

At 34, Tony and his professional staff represent a growing brigade of younger professionals entering into Australia's thoroughbred racing industry.

And having secured 400-plus winners during his initiation into the sport, the now well-established Brisbane mentor has only words of encouragement for others looking to get involved.

There's always been a lot of young people involved with jockeys, strappers, track riders and stablehands, and now there are more young trainers coming through which keeps the industry vibrant,” said Gollan

There are fresh marketing ideas to attract younger followers to the track which provides more spectacle and entertainment during a day at the races.

At Gollan Racing we also offer up opportunities for people to take a more active involvement through syndicated horses and yearlings which we hand pick from the sales throughout the year. There's the opportunity to register up to 20 syndicated owners so it really creates a social and affordable way to enjoy the atmosphere on race day.”

Gollan has marked himself as one of the hottest young properties in the horse racing industry, first rising to prominence on the back of a breakthrough victory with highly regarded gelding Temple Of Boom, who saluted on Oaks Day in the Group 1 Galaxy at Royal Randwick in 2012.

Along the way the accomplished mentor has also guided full brother Spirit of Boom to solid Group 2 successes to have the six year-old stallion sitting on the fringe of a breakthrough Group 1 assault in 2014.

Gollan has a fine racing pedigree; his father Darryl was an accomplished trainer in his own right and still maintains an active role in the Gollan Racing enterprise.

So too has the younger Gollan methodically observed, and moulded his own style on legendary Toowoomba trainer, the late, great Jim Atkins.

Tony switched his Darling Downs base to Brisbane in 2012 which has also culminated in a solid uprising in the winner's stakes.


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