This Weekend in Racing: Horse Naming Begins

Jul 15, 2021

By Terry Kennedy

Last week it was star jockey Jamie Kah posting her century of winners, this week champion Queensland trainer Tony Gollan notched his century of metro winners as a trainer with a threat of more to come. Tony is celebrating with a quick holiday and when he returns he’ll start working with our exciting  Fastnet Rock/Alice Island colt for our Queensland Rogues owners.

Let’s find a winner for Saturday from our TRL trainers around the country.


Tony Gollan – Well Deserved Holiday

 Queensland Rogues trainer Tony Gollan may have ducked off for a quick freshen-up after posting 100 metro winners, but the stable is eager to add to the tally at Eagle Farm on Saturday. According to foreman Craig Cavanough, the best track worker all week and the best bet for Saturday is Ef Troop (Race 4 ). He should be able to roll forward from a good gate and back on top of the ground looks a good thing. Gollan’s best each way hope is Spirit House, who’s a super consistent mare and is drawn to get a soft run. 

Bet: Ef Troop  (Race 4) Win

Bet: Spirit House (Race 3) Each Way



The Freedman Brothers have been extremely successful in targeting Brisbane as a happy hunting ground. Michael and Richard have sent Allusionist (Race 1) to Eagle Farm in a very winnable race. He was second on debut at Newcastle, then unsuited on wet ground at Gosford. Both runs were full of merit and he looks well placed.

BET: Allusionist – Each Way (Race 1)



 Vic Husslers trainer Ciaron Maher must get a headache just keeping up with his runners across the different states. At Flemington, South Pacific (Race 8) was a strong a winner when last at Flemington and with Jamie Kah in the saddle will be hard to beat. Sir Davy (Race 2) was luckless last start at Flemington when he was hopelessly blocked for a run and is still trying to get out. With an ounce of luck he’ll be in the finish at good odds. At Randwick, the Maher/Eustace team has been able to secure James McDonald to ride La Chevalee (Race 4). This Written Tycoon mare can peel off a blistering sectional and I’m happy to stick. 

BET: South Pacific – WIN (Flemington)

BET: Sir Davy – Each Way (Flemington)

BET La Chevalee – WIN (Randwick)



The new era at Lindsay Park with Ben Hayes teaming up with his brother JD is off to a promising start which may even get better at Flemington on Saturday. Aidensfield (Race 3) has drawn badly in gate 11, but is down in the weights and with a bit of luck will be hard to beat. Fundraiser (Race 6) was good against the bias last start at Caulfield, but is harshly treated at the weights.

BET: Aidensfield  – Each Way

BET: Fundraiser – Each Way



Chilli Is Hot (Race 5) won the listed Belmont Stakes last time out, providing WA Black Hearts trainer Hayden Ballantyne with one of his biggest wins. The soft track holds no fears and there’s no reason why the bold front running Chilli Is Hot won’t dish it up again .

Bet: Chilli Is Hot (Race 5) Each Way