Doomben preview: Tony Gollan eyes winter carnival if Say Heya can win again

Premier Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan will test Say Heya at Doomben on Wednesday with a view to trying to sneak her into a stakes class race during the upcoming Queensland winter carnival.

The four-year-old daughter of Rothesay is aiming to string together back-to-back wins for the first time in her 23-start career when she steps out in the Benchmark 78 Handicap over 1110m.

Say Heya was too good for them on a Heavy 9 on the Gold Coast earlier this month and Gollan is convinced she is a better chance on Wednesday than her $9 price with tab.com.au suggests.

Jim Byrne will again partner Say Heya and the team is hoping for a big performance to try to boost her rating to have a shot at some winter carnival riches.

“I like Say Heya, I think she is going great and she ran really well on the Gold Coast the other day on wet ground,” Gollan said.

“She is a nice mare and I am hoping I can keep her rating going up and we might be able to sneak into a Listed race for fillies and mares early in the winter carnival.”

The Doomben track was rated a Soft 5 at midday on Tuesday, with a medium chance of showers forecast in Brisbane for the remainder of Tuesday and for Wednesday.

Races at Doomben on Wednesday will be patron-free due to Brisbane’s COVID lockdown.

Ipswich Turf Club Operator Tim Dunn says Greater Brisbane’s three-day lockdown is another hit to racing operations which have been “severely dented” by multiple lockdowns. “We…

Ipswich Turf Club Operator Tim Dunn says Greater Brisbane’s three-day lockdown is another hit to racing operations which have been “severely dented” by multiple lockdowns. “We’ve been treading water for quite a long period of time,” he said. “With the racing industry we do earn money from the wagering groups that go through and have races happen and we’ve been able to fund the prize money that goes to participants, so they’ve been well serviced. “However, our operations have been severely dented on a number of occasions, significantly Saturday of January where we had that other mini lockdown, this lockdown as well. “We can’t have people come into the hospitality operations … we just want them along to buy a beer and a pie, come and support the race club. “With that then comes employment and … gives you that community confidence where people will again come back to the racetrack and be socially safe with COVID, but we’ve got the facilities to do it. “So it’s just about getting people along in this environment."

Originally published asGollan has winter plans for Say Heya

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