The price tag means nothing to Gollan with blue blood

Forget the million dollar prize money and blue blood pedigree, it doesn’t mean much to Tony Gollan as he kicks off the Joyous Legend’s career in Queensland at Doomben on Saturday.

The champion trainer has been tasked by breeding giants Rosemont Stud with improving the former filly trained by Gerald Ryan, after they bought her from prominent Hong Kong-based owner Bon Ho during an online auction for $1.025 million.

As the daughter of the great More Joyous, Joyous Legend has a prosperous future in the ranching barn, but Gollan said that doesn’t mean much to him as he envisions winter carnival riches with her.

“In terms of pedigree she’s probably (the best I’ve had) but she’s here to be a racehorse, those guys can worry about other things once she’s at stud, my job is train her,” Gollan said.

“Rosemont bought her and sent her out, they’ve been great supporters and we’ve been very lucky with those mares at Krone and Salateen, so the pressure is on.

“She has a big pedigree, this filly, she already has black type (placement) next to her, if we can increase that, it will be for the best.

“That’s what she’s here for, to improve that record and that’s a good start with Carnival right around the corner.

“I know she’s a valuable filly, but I’m here to do a job with her, so hopefully we can do that job.”

Tony Gollan recently turned Salateen into a black type winning mare for Rosemont Stud. Photo: Grant Peters-Trackside Photography

Having received the visitor draw (barrier 16) in the QTIS 3YO Handicap (1050m), Joyous Legend will have to get things done and Gollan said the horror draw did not end his chances.

“Ryan (Maloney) is going to need a lot of luck to figure out where she’s going,” he said.

“The only good thing about the race is that there’s a lot of speed and she gets into the race.”

As part of an 18-person team entered in Doomben, Gollan also has favorite Nettuno in the QTIS 2YO Handicap (1200m).

Priced at a chance of $1.50 per TAB, the colt should build on his dominant first win at the Sunshine Coast and Gollan said there is still some way to go before he is the finished product.

“This guy is a bit raw, a bit under construction and he still has work to do,” he said.

“We went in there really confident and he did the job well but he still needs to execute it a bit better, he needs to increase the distance and in class now it’s a Saturday race.”

He joins a host of other top two-year-olds in Gollan’s backyard as they build for the winter carnival.

“I don’t like (comparing them) but he’s right up there with my best, he’s not yet as bombproof as Capital Tower, Capital Tower is like a trader and he does whatever you want” , did he declare.

Eleanor C. William