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Boom a risk first up


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Toowoomba trainer Tony Gollan concedes Temple Of Boom’s unbeaten first-up record could be at risk when the gelding makes his comeback at Eagle Farm.

Temple Of Boom, who will be ridden by Larry Cassidy in Saturday’s Hakfoort Hotel Group Handicap (1000m), has won all four of his first-up races in his 13-start career.

Gollan is delighted with the way the son of Piccolo spelled following his last campaign but believes the four-year-old will benefit from his first appearance since finishing 12th in a 1200-metre race for three-year-olds at Doomben in May.

“We’ve struck it a bit lucky with a wet track on Saturday but he’s still a bit soft in condition for my liking,” Gollan said.

“He missed a barrier trial in Brisbane last week when they were washed out.

“He’s spelled well but he’s older now and is taking longer to come up this time and isn’t as fit as I would have liked.

“He’s unbeaten first-up, and in fact all his four wins have been first-up. He’ll run well but it won’t surprise me if he’s beaten.”

Gollan believes Temple Of Boom is not purely a 1000-metre specialist and is confident he’ll win over further ground.

“I’m sure now that he’s getting older he can win past 1000 metres,” he said.

“One of his best runs was in the Magic Millions Trophy over 1400 metres when he was trapped three wide and he only got beaten a long neck in the (Group Three) Gold Coast Guineas over 1200 metres.”

Gollan also trains the gelding’s younger half-brother Spirit Of Boom who was rested following his two failures in Sydney during the autumn.

The Sequalo colt finished fourth to Obsequious in the Group Three San Domenico Stakes (1000m) at Randwick and 11th to Blackball in the Group Three Up And Coming Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm in August.

Both sprinters are out of Temple Spirit who Gollan trained to win eight of her 16 starts.

Former rugby league players Andrew Dunemann and Jeremy Schloss share in the ownership of the “Boom Brothers”.

Dunemann is an assistant to Newcastle Knights coach Rick Stone in the National Rugby League.

“Andrew’s a Toowoomba boy and I first met him when I went down to trial for South Sydney when I was playing rugby league,” Gollan said.

“I also met Jeremy at Souths and he’s a Queenslander who used to play with the Gold Coast Chargers.”

Dunemann played 20 games for the Gold Coast Chargers in 1994 and went on to play 251 matches with stints at Souths, North Queensland, Halifax, Leeds and Salford before retiring after a couple of games with Canberra in 2007.

Schloss represented Queensland three times in State Of Origin under coach Paul Vautin in 1997.