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Ef Troop books Magic Millions campaign with sizzling Doomben win.

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Ef Troop books Magic Millions campaign with sizzling Doomben win.

By Glenn Davis

Talented youngster Ef Troop ended Toowoomba gelding Hopes Eternal's unbeaten run with a sizzling win at Doomben on Saturday.

Ef Troop, a brilliant trial winner midweek, showed blistering gate speed before powering home for a neck win over the fast finishing Only Wanna Sing in the Padua Old Boys QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap (1050m).

Catastrophic, who tried to match Ef Troop in the speed battle for the early lead, faded to finish third, a further 1-1/4 lengths away.

Hopes Eternal gave the early leaders too much start and battled on to finish fourth.

Ef Troop was a $70,000 buy at the Magic Millions sales and will now have a short break before preparing for the $2 million Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast in January.

Ef Troop is a son of dual Group 1 winner Spirit Of Boom who was formerly trained by Gollan.

Spirit Of Boom finished his career with more than $2.4 million in prizemoney with nine wins and 20 placings from 56 starts.

His best wins were in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 and Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley in 2014.

“I was fairly confident he could win but I wasn’t that bullish at the 600 metres when Chris Munce’s horse took him on,” Gollan said.

“He had to do a fair bit of work but he’ll improve with the run.

“He’s a very nice horse but he’ll be even better when he furnishes later on.

“He walked around the parade ring like a three-year-old and he’ll go out for a 10 day break now before we set our sights on the Magic Millions."

Gollan has followed Spirit Of Boom’s career at stud and believes the Eureka Stud stallion is set for a big career.

“Obviously I pay a bit of attention to him at stud and he’s going to make a good stallion here in Queensland.”

Ef Troop set a new class record for the distance with a slick time of 60.33 seconds.

Hopes Eternal’s defeat was his first in three starts after winning his first two starts at Toowoomba and Doomben last month.
Racing Queensland webnews   November 4

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