Gollan locks up Stradbroke pilot for Vega One
Sydney jockey Rachel King will ride Stradbroke Handicap’s favorite Vega One next weekend, with Jamie Kah unlikely to be able to return to Queensland in time after returning to Victoria on Sunday night.
While coach Tony Gollan was willing to wait longer to see if Kah could make the trip north, he said he was well aware of the difficulties that come with leaving reservations until the last minute. .
King was originally booked on arrow horse Ayrton – who was one of the dominant favorites in the race – but will now ride Vega One after the Mick Price-trained galloper failed to qualify on Saturday.
This opened the door for relationships to book her aboard the Kingsford-Smith Cup winner.
âIt’s hard to get any information from Victoria on what’s going on there, so we thought we were going to lock it down,â Gollan said.
âWe would have liked to have waited as long as possible for Jamie, but it’s difficult with 53kg trying to find someone by weight.
“I think we did pretty well, Rachel can ride it and I hope we can get the girl power to work twice in a row.”
King flew to Brisbane last week to fly Ayrton to work ahead of Fred Best, but will now find himself on the new race favorite after launching Vega One from the clouds to claim an incredible victory in the group 1.
Coach Tony Gollan and Jamie Kah celebrate Vega One’s victory at the Kingsford-Smith Cup. Photo: Grant Peters / Trackside Photography.
While King has limited experience in Queensland, Gollan said she once rode Outback Barbie for him in Sydney.
âIt’s not like she did a lot of rides for me because she doesn’t come to Queensland a lot and when I went to Sydney I didn’t use her a lot,â he said. .
“It’s just a fun time now with Covid and all, it makes life difficult – we’re lucky we still have jobs – but it’s hard to know what decisions to make with interstate people when there is blockages.
âWe went through it this morning and tried to figure out what was the best way to do it and they thought it was good to go now.
âThere were a few options, the rides are locked left, right and center. Obviously being a big handicap with all the different weights, it’s a bit of a puzzle to see where everyone fits.
After securing quinella in the Kingsford-Smith Cup, Gollan said he was not ready to rest on his laurels and expect a similar result in the Stradbroke.
âIt’s a bit surreal, but now we are at the point where we are moving forward,â he said. “We’re all thrilled with that and it’s great and everything, but there’s work to be done now.”
With Jonker on the verge of getting into a spell, Gollan is currently considering whether to cast Outback Barbie in the $ 1.5 million feature film alongside Vega One.