Barrier Draw Advantage For Listen Son In 2011 BRC Sprint

May 19th, 2011

Trainer Tony Gollan will try his luck in the $125,000 BRC Sprint this Saturday with four-year-old gelding Listen Son.

Listen Son will be out to win his first Group race when he takes to Doomben Racecourse this weekend.

The Big Jesse gelding finished eighth in his last start in the Listed Prime Minister’s Cup at the Gold Coast, after being caught wide for the majority of the race.

His trainer admits that is was hard to watch the run, knowing that his horse had been caught wide after jumping from barrier 15.

“Obviously it was pretty tough to watch,” Gollan said.

“He drew a bad alley and he got caught deep.”

Despite the disappointing finish, Listen Son recovered well from the race.

“He showed no sign of a hard run,” Gollan said.

Listen Son’s luck may have turned around, however, with the horse being allocated barrier four for Saturday’s BRC Sprint.

Gollan was pleased that Listen Son was finally able to draw closer to the inside.

“Making the field and drawing a good alley were the two things we wanted,” he said.

The trainer is confident that Listen Son will perform well in the Sprint.

“He holds up well through preparation this horse,” Gollan said.

“I’ve got no problems with him.

“He certainly gives you 100% every time you go round.

“He’s a pleasure to train in that regard.”

Gollan is hoping that jockey Larry Cassidy will be the one who can make all the difference when race day comes around.

“Larry has had a lot of luck on this horse and has rode him well,” he said.

Winning the BRC Sprint would be something Gollan would not be taking for granted.

“It’s an exceptional winter carnival and this race is no exception,” he said.

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2011 BRC Sprint Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 12X6412133 BOLD GLANCE Norm Hilton Scott Seamer 14 58kg
2 731120X572 KENNY’S WORLD Graeme Murray Corey Brown 5 57.5kg
3 X1X1211X24 THANKGODYOU’REHERE Patrick & Wayne Webster Rod Quinn 15 57kg
4 1X83390X45 WOORIM Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 9 56kg
5 112X4X758 KING PULSE Michael Moroney Hugh Bowman 13 55.5kg
6 X7368213X9 LUCKY LUNA Les Kelly Michael Rodd 16 54.5kg
7 X1113X1681 TAMPIKO Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1 54.5kg
8 1587412110 EL CHICO (NZ) Michael Pitman Chris Munce 6 54kg
9 1X76640X25 SAINTHOOD Rick Worthington Jim Cassidy 8 54kg
10 1X11228X28 LISTEN SON Tony Gollan Larry Cassidy 4 53kg
11 4X945008X3 FIFTEEN CARAT Howard Wilson Timothy Bell (a) 12 53kg
12 X9811264X2 JAZZ HEART Bryan Guy Jim Byrne 2 53kg
13 8X64283282 EIRE OF MAGIC David Kelly Matthew Palmer 11 53kg
14 0X11111X67 MEET GEORGE Brian Smith Scott Galloway 3 53kg
15 5X0X235244 CHARMING ROGUE Alan Bailey Tim Clark 10 53kg
16 X112146X16 MR ARMSTRONG Wayne Wilkes Michael Hellyer (a) 7 53kg