Leading trainer Tony Gollan has given apprentice Georgina Cartwright a vote of confidence by entrusting her with the rides on two odds-on favourites at the Gold Coast.
Cartwright is on loan to Gollan for three months after completing the mandatory two weeks of Covid-19 hotel quarantine since arriving from Victoria.
Cartwright will ride Run For Glory, the $1.55 favourite with TAB fixed odds, in the Cronin Miller Litigation Handicap (1400m) for Gollan.
She will also ride stablemate The Move, the $1.85 favourite for the Birkbecks Jewellers Handicap (1200m).
Gollan is confident Run For Glory can make it five wins in a row.
“By utilising Georgina’s claim he gets in exceptionally well with 52-1/2 kilos and it looks like he’ll sit right on the back of the speed,” Gollan said.
“Importantly, he’s been around the Gold Coast circuit and that’s always a massive plus.”
The Move resumed from a spell with an effortless victory at Ipswich on September 3.
“This time around following the gelding operation I was adamant he’s come back a better horse,” Gollan said.
“That was a real confidence boost and this race sets up beautifully for him.”
The Move has drawn awkwardly but Gollan is confident Cartwright will have him poised to challenge from the outset.
“I’ve watched Georgina ride in Melbourne and she’s great at getting horses out of the gates quickly,” he said.
“She’ll be positive from the gates and put him right up there.”
Boom filly Kisukano, the only horse to defeat Rothfire, is the $1.55 favourite to win the Pink Ribbon Cup (1300m) but Gollan isn’t prepared to concede defeat with his mare Amicitia.
“Kisukano is a very talented filly but she’s taking on the older mares this time and it’s a big step up,” he said.
“If she gets a picnic and hoons along in front and just gets to sprint up the straight, sure, it’ll look easy, but if the race builds in pressure I think it could open up.”