EVERGREEN sprinter Temple Of Boom is set to embark on his sixth consecutive Melbourne spring carnival, but with a new plan of attack after his brave fourth in Saturday’s Stradbroke Handicap.
Trainer Tony Gollan is not interested in the premier sprints again this year and instead wants to tackle the early weight-for-age races, which often lack depth and include many stayers resuming.
Temple Of Boom’s fourth in Saturday’s Stradbroke follows his fifth-placed effort in 2012 and second placing last year.
It took his earnings to $1.9 million and Gollan wants to give him the chance to crack the $2 million mark.
“We’re not going to retire him yet. While he’s still competitive he can keep going,” he said.
“He looked magnificent on Saturday and he’s a happy horse. He doesn’t look like a rising nine-year-old and he’s remarkably sound.
“He’s only had four runs this time in and he could race again in a fortnight if I wanted to.
“But I will give him a little break now and try to use that residual fitness in some of those early Melbourne races. The weight-for-age races at that time of year should suit, because there’s usually still a bit of sting out of the ground as well.