Ef Troop Headlines Queensland Trials

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Top three-year-old Ef Troop has headlined by several winter hopes in their first public hit-outs since spells at and the Gold Coast.

Ef Troop was having his first serious test since October and after being caught three-deep early had far too much pace over 840m for a handy field of open company horses at Doomben on Tuesday.

Trainer Tony Gollan said Ef Troop would have another trial before going to the Listed at Doomben on April 20.

“He did what we wanted and that trial should bring him along nicely,” Gollan said.

He was also happy with the efforts of and Country Cocktail.

Gollan is hopeful A Man To Match, who ran on from last for third in his trial, will measure up to the Group One and the colt will have another trial before his comeback next month.

The decision not to press on with a Magic Millions campaign in preference to a winter campaign for Country Cocktail looks a smart one after her trial win.

“Country Cocktail won her trial well today and she will have a jump-out before coming back in a two-year-old fillies race at on April 13,” Gollan said.

At the Gold Coast, smart sprinter Whypeeo showed he had taken no harm from a Melbourne spring campaign with an impressive win.

Whypeeo won a 1000m trial in 58.34 which was slightly faster than classy mare in her heat win.

bound Cadogan was second to Volkoff but turned in a good trial coming from second last on the turn.

Toby Edmonds trains Whypeeo and Cadogan and said both were headed to the big Group sprints in the winter.

Trainer is pleased with prolific winner Volkoff who is set to return to racing at Eagle Farm on April 13 in what will probably be her last campaign.

“She looks to have returned in really good order and should have a good winter,” he said.

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