Listen Son set to break track hoodoo
Tony Gollan is confident Listen Son can end a track and distance hoodoo when the gelding backs up in the Listed Bernborough Handicap at Doomben on Boxing Day.
Gollan concedes neighbouring Eagle Farm is Listen Son’s favoured track where he’s won five times while the son of Big Jesse is yet to win at Doomben from six attempts.
The four-year-old also hasn’t won past 1400 metres with two placings from three attempts over 1600 metres or further.
His two placings came when runner-up in the Group Three Gunsynd Classic (1600m) at Eagle Farm in May and in the Listed Recognition Stakes (1600m) on the same track last month.
Gollan isn’t concerned with an eight-day back-up for Listen Son in Sunday’s 1615-metre feature after he was runner-up to Zero Rock in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) at Doomben last Saturday.
Gollan’s biggest fear is whether rival Rockdale also lines up in the $200,000 Bernborough.
Listen Son has clashed with Rockdale at his past two starts when the Toowoomba sprinter finished second in the Recognition and Lough Neagh Stakes.
Gollan blamed Rockdale for contributing to Listen’s Son’s defeat in both races when the Gold Coast five-year-old took him on for the lead.
“He (Rockdale) has been a thorn in our side,” Gollan said.
“We probably wouldn’t have met him in the Lough Neagh if the races weren’t washed out recently.
“He was in a 2100-metre race on one of those days but he ran against us when they were reprogrammed.”
Gollan isn’t planning any drastic tactical change with Listen Son even if Rockdale is a starter.
“I’ll let Larry (Cassidy) decide what to do,” he said.
Cassidy also believed Rockdale contributed to Listen’s Son downfall last week but has vowed to get his revenge in the Bernborough.
Gollan is happy with Listen Son’s recovery since the Lough Neagh although he was a little concerned immediately after the race.
“He was a bit agitated when he pulled up straight after the race but he’s eaten up since and has done well,” Gollan said.
“I can’t fault him. He’s very consistent and is a bit like Temple Of Boom.
“It would be nice to break the hoodoo at Doomben.
“He’s a big awkward type and Eagle Farm is his best track but I still feel he’ll take a lot of beating on Sunday.”