Premier Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan has scratched stakes performer Silvera from Doomben in the hope there might be some feature races for the gelding in the winter.
Gollan had accepted with Silvera and Get Stuck In for Saturday’s TAB Handicap (1600m) but will rely on the latter.
The race has plenty of depth despite metropolitan racing being split into north and south zones amid coronavirus protocols.
Silvera and Get Stuck In are both raced by Linda and Graham Huddy’s Peachester Lodge and are both last-start winners.
Gollan wanted to keep his options open for Silvera while Get Stuck In looks to be the one better suited in the current system.
Among the measures Racing Queensland has taken is to scrap the multi-million dollar winter carnival.
“Racing Queensland is talking about having some type of feature races or stakes races in the winter,” Gollan said.
“We really need something to keep our better horses there. Maybe from June into early August there can run some type of feature races.
“We all need it to survive and I am sure Racing Queensland will come up with something.”
Get Stuck In was an impressive last-start winner when he led all the way to win over 1500m at Eagle Farm.
“Get Stuck In usually gets better with racing each campaign and there doesn’t look to be a lot of pace in the race again,” Gollan said.
“He doesn’t have to lead but from barrier two he will be thereabouts. He has won twice over the Doomben 1600m so it looks a nice race.”
Gollan will also saddle promising Angus The Black the for the Huddys in the Three-Year-Old (1200m).
Angus The Black is by in-form sire Rothesay and Gollan is hoping he will develop into a 1600m horse.
“I have put blinkers back on him which should sharpen him up first up,” Gollan said.
“He has been getting better with each preparation.”
Gollan accepted with 16 horses at Doomben and should take another step to reaching 100 winners in a season for the fourth time.
His win with Combativite at the Sunshine Coast was his 97th for 2019-20.