Top trainer Tony Gollan’s reputation for getting wins with former southern-trained horses gets a test when Zounate races at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.
Zounate has become a professional placegetter with seven seconds, four thirds and two fourths from 16 starts.
He will be having his fourth Queensland start in a maiden over 1400m.
A four-year-old gelding by former top sprinter Zoustar, Zounate ran nine minor placings when trained by Gary Portelli at Warwick Farm.
He was transferred to Gollan in January and has run seconds at his past two starts.
Zounate finished a Sunshine Coast second to Deep Sceiva, who won again at Doomben on Wednesday, before finishing a nose second Happy Babe at the Gold Coast.
Gollan has made an art form of getting wins with former interstate horses but he is making no bold statements about Zounate on Sunday.
“But he has barrier two, he has been placed three times at the 1400m and Georgina (jockey Cartwright) is in form,” he said.
The Sunshine Coast is expected to be heavy on Sunday and Zounate has been minor placed in all seven of his runs on rain affected tracks.
An interesting runner in the maiden is the Chris Waller trained Kirkeby who will be having his second race start.
Waller part owns the horse with Queensland’s leading owner Neville Morgan.
The pair have combined to win more than a dozen Group 1 races and had Magic Millions winner Shaquero in Saturday’s Group 1 Golden Slipper.
Kirkeby is by Kermadec who was owned by Morgan and trained by Waller to win the Group 1 Doncaster and Group 1 George Main Stakes.
Waller gave Kirkeby four trials before his debut unplaced run at the Gold Coast over an unsuitable 1200m.
Originally published as16-start maiden awaits Gollan’s winning touch
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