As jockey Ryan Maloney waits to find out whether his winning dynamic with Isotope will need to be split next start, trainer Tony Gollan believes the star filly could emerge as a contender for the $7.5 million Golden Eagle in the Sydney spring.
Maloney combined with Isotope for the pair’s third stakes win together when the filly won her Sydney debut in brilliant fashion last Saturday.
However, with Brisbane currently in a snap COVID lockdown and Isotope allotted 54.5kg for her next assignment of the Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint at Randwick on April 17, there is a growing prospect that a winning combination may have to be split.
It is possible Tim Clark, who recently won the Group 1 Coolmore Classic on Krone for Gollan, could ride Isotope at her next start.
“I will have to see what happens with this COVID situation and another thing is we will have to make a decision on the weight for Ryan, that weight (54.5kg) is a little bit contentious for him,” Gollan said.
“I will have a good chat to (owner) Brian (Siemsen) and the team at Black Soil Bloodstock about this.
“I had a brief chat to Ryan about it yesterday and he is happy to start now to try to make the weight if we need him to.
“We will have another chat to him later in the week and we will know a lot more about the Covid stuff by then too, it might be taken out of my hands anyway.
“Tim Clark is doing a good job for us down there in Sydney, he rides 54.5kg without having to ride anything over.
“I won’t make a decision as to what I’m going to do until the end of the week.”
Isotope (right) winning the Darby Munro Stakes ahead of Odeum at Rosehill last Saturday. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Isotope is a winner of five from nine starts and her winning record would arguably be even better if Maloney had not tumbled from the filly when she was the $2.15 favourite in the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions Guineas.
Isotope has made her name over sprint trips and, while not wanting to look much past her next Sydney autumn run, Gollan believes she could extend her brilliance to the 1500m of the rich Golden Eagle in the Sydney spring.
“I have no worries with her at that trip because she settles so beautifully now,” Gollan said.
“There is no reason she couldn’t run 1500(m), she could run in the Eagle.
“Her ratings have said from day one she is a Group 1 horse.
“She is a very good filly and there are lots of options for her.”
Gollan is currently not allowed in Sydney because of Brisbane’s COVID lockdown but says Krone is on song for her tilt at Saturday’s Group 2 Emancipation Stakes at Rosehill.
Queensland’s leading trainer has a soft spot for Outback Barbie and the mare will contest the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday after pleasing when finishing second on the Gold Coast earlier this month on her first go on a heavy track.
“When she got through that (heavy) ground so well, I was happy and thought I would send her to Sydney,” Gollan said.
“It turns out we will strike a dry track on Saturday but it doesn’t matter and she looks pretty well placed in that race.
“I thought her Gold Coast run was brilliant.”
Originally published asMaloney in doubt to ride Isotope next start
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