Premier trainer Tony Gollan believes he can reach the Holy Grail of Queensland racing and train 100 metropolitan winners next season.
Gollan goes into the final week of 2017/18 season with 88 metropolitan winners and his fifth straight premiership trophy on the shelf.
It has been a good season all round for Gollan who has trained 134 overall winners and his stable has won nearly $6 million prize money.
Gollan has trained well over 700 winners since moving to Brisbane from Toowoomba full time eight years ago.
He set a training record for Brisbane in 2014/15 when he had 79 winners to better Bruce McLachlan’s record of 78 set in 1987/88.
Gollan has twice gone past that total, firstly in 2015/16 with 86-1/2 winners and then this season.
The premier trainers in Sydney and Melbourne have regularly gone past 100 winners for the season but it has been a distant wish in Brisbane.
“Our stables aren’t as big as those in the south. But any year you can have more than a winner for every box you have, which we did this season, it is a good effort,” Gollan said.
“But I have some really nice yearlings about to turn two and our current crop of two-year-olds look capable of training on.
“It means 100 isn’t too far fetched. After all I have had 99 seconds, many by a nose, in metropolitan races this season.”
Gollan has one confirmed runner and one emergency at Doomben on Wednesday and has entered 13 horses for Saturday’s final metropolitan fixture for the season.
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