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O.P. « 2021-Nov-09, 03:42 PM »
Go Wandji may finish his long campaign with a start in The Gateway in December.

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TRAINER Tom Dougall says he may take his popular horse Go Wandji to the midweeks next start before a possible assault on The Gateway to try to secure a spot in next year’s Stradbroke Handicap.

The Toowoomba-trained bargain buy has been subject to big offers both from Hong Kong and Australia but Dougall says his dad John – who owns the horse – is unlikely to sell unless a godfather offer lands in his lap.

Racing greenly on Saturday, Go Wandji was a horse with plenty of improvement left in him and while he has had a long preparation, Dougall believes there are a couple of runs left in his stable star before a well-earned break.

The offers have continued to flow in following Saturday’s win but Dougall jokes he would be the least popular man in Toowoomba if he pushed to sell the horse which carries his grandfather’s silks.

“Dad’s sister is 80 and she drove down from Dalby to watch him on Saturday so I reckon if I recommended to sell him, everyone might be off me,” he laughed. “We have got The Gateway (December 11) in the back of our mind but I am very conservative because he has been in work a long time.”

On top of a guaranteed spot in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap, The Gateway – which is restricted to four-year-olds – has a winner’s cheque of $145,000, monstering that of the $19,800 he would receive for winning a midweek.

Go Wandji looks a class act hasn't beaten anything of note so far and not in the class of Incentivise but worth following although probably not a betting proposition everyone's eyes are on him .

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« 2021-Nov-25, 11:35 AM Reply #1 »
Wandji may go for spell after Doomben washed out


BRISBANE’S big wet has forced a rethink of plans for exciting galloper Go Wandji, who is now likely to be sent for a spell after Wednesday’s Doomben races were called off because of a rain deluge.

Trainer Tom Dougall was eyeing off the Class 4 race at Doomben as a springboard towards the $250,000 The Gateway (4YO) at Eagle Farm on December 11, which offers the winner ballot exemption into next year’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.

Go Wandji opened as the $1.65 favourite for Wednesday’s race after winning five of his first seven starts, including his past two in the city by a combined margin of 8½ lengths.

However, the Toowoombabased Dougall was always reluctant to run Go Wandji if the Doomben track was heavy and the decision was taken out of his hands anyway when the Wednesday meeting was called off.

Heavy rain flooded Brisbane streets on Tuesday. Almost 140mm fell across parts of the city, while another 135mm is expected over the next seven days.

Dougall is now strongly leaning towards spelling Go Wandji with an eye towards bringing him back in March next year.

The idea would be to boost the four-year-old Wandjina gelding’s rating to aim to secure a run in some of the better Queensland winter carnival races.

“I will think about it for 24 hours but that’s what I’m leaning towards, giving him a break,” Dougall said.

“It would have been nice to get him to The Gateway but I’m thinking I will spell him now.

“He will be able to kick off in some of those low-rating races next year and try to boost his rating to get him into some better races.”

Go Wandji is rapidly emerging through the ranks as potentially one of Queensland’s most promising horses for next year. Big-money offers that have flooded in for him have so far been rejected.

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