Gollan eyes consolation

Can Tony Gollan's Temple Of Boom be the horse to beat Black Caviar (pic)?
Can Tony Gollan's Temple Of Boom be the horse to beat Black Caviar (pic)? Pat Scala

TRAINER Tony Gollan is prepared to lose one in the hope of winning one if he is confronted with "mission impossible" at Flemington on Saturday.

Gollan is currently in Melbourne preparing his top sprinter and Flemingon track specialist Temple Of Boom for Saturday's Group One Lightning (1000m).

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But Gollan willingly concedes he'll be in the same boat as all of his fellow Lightning connections if freakish mare Black Caviar makes a surpirse appearance in the race.

If Black Caviar chases her 19th straight win for trainer Peter Moody in the Lightning, Gollan will face the odd experience of chasing second prize.

"If she starts, it means that we all have to be happy finishing one place further back in the field than where we want," Gollan said.

"At weight-for-age conditions, as long as Black Caviar turns up fit and well - and I'm sure Peter wouldn't run her otherwise - she wins."

Temple Of Boom resumes this week following a successful Melbourne Spring Carnival where he won both the Group Three Aurie Star (1200m) and Group Two Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

His main Melbourne autumn aim is the Group One Newmarket (1200m) on March 10.

"The handicap conditions of the Newmarket will suit him and that's his main aim this trip," Gollan said yesterday.

"The Lightning is his first go at weight-for-age but he's forward enough to run well."

Clifford Park's track drainage will be addressed as Toowoomba Turf Club officials look to head off any further meeting abanondments because of heavy rain.

Saturday's card ended after race three following torrential rain.

"We hadn't experienced that volume of rain on race night and now we'll look at putting in another drain and making a bank to channel water into it," club CEO Aaron Clancy said.

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