Kelly's dual assault on Goldmarket
GOLD Coast trainer Les Kelly had a terrific run in the last few months of 2011 but will be looking to start the new year off on an even higher note with a two-pronged attack on Monday’s $100,000 Carlton Draught Goldmarket Hcp (1300m).
Kelly will saddle up Lucky Luna and Skating On Ice in the sprint, first run in 1963 and the Gold Coast Turf Club’s oldest feature race.
Bribane sprinter Adebisi heads the fixed-odds market for the Goldmarket at $4.40, just ahead of Toowoomba galloper Listen Son at $4.60. Kelly’s pair are on the next line with Lucky Luna at $8.50 and Skating On Ice at $9.00.
Two-time Goldmarket winner Glen Colless partners Lucky Luna, a last-start second to Fangles under 60kg in a Benchmark 85 Hcp (1200m) at the Gold Coast on December 17 (pictured). Saturday’s Doomben winner Audacious Spirit was third in that race.
Colless won the Goldmarket in 1997 on City Slicker and in 2001 on Dashing Image, both horses trained by Alan Bailey.
Brad Stewart, who won a Goldmarket on Consular in 2003, rides Skating On Ice, winner of two of his past three Brisbane starts.
Toowoomba trainer Tony Gollan also holds a strong Goldmarket hand with topweight Listen Son and Spirit Of Boom.
Listen Son doesn’t face an easy task with 58kg and barrier 12, but showed with his last-start win in the Keith Noud Quality (1200m) at Eagle Farm on November 26 that he is back to his best form.
Gollan had to scratch Listen Son from his past two Doomben targets because of slow tracks but should get ideal conditions at the Gold Coast. The track this morning was rated a good 3 with fine weather forecast.
Spirit Of Boom handles all conditions and has a good Gold Coast record. He won the $85,000 Magic Millions 2YO Plate exactly two years ago on January 2, 2010 and returned later that season to win the Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m), narrowly beating today’s rival Adebisi.
The Goldmarket heads a strong eight-race program at the Gold Coast with the first race set down for 12.30pm. The Goldmarket is race seven on the program at 4.10pm.
Story: Neil Archer
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