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Tony Gollan had higher expectations of race favorite Antina to claim the golden ticket in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in June, but it was outsider and stablemate Tick Tock Queen who won The Gateway (1400m) on Saturday.
While Antino looked to have clinched a winning run at the 150m mark, the $71 Tick Tock Queen showed plenty of speed to shoot the $2.90 favorite alongside the Chris Meagher-trained Arentee ($8.50).
Tick Tock Queen scored by a nose ahead of Arentee, with Antino in third by less than half a length.
“I didn’t even know my horse was coming late,” Gollan said.
“She was amazing.
Ridden by Kyle Wilson-Taylor, Tick Tock Queen made it to the back of the field after starting from barrier nine.
“I told Kyle to take his medicine and come back,” Gollan added.
“Try to get over them and make one dash.
“I know what she’s capable of and we saw her in a low level race at Doomben and she just didn’t get out.
Tick Tock Queen was a $10,000 purchase at the 2020 VOBIS Melbourne Gold Sale and later came into Gollan’s care through Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace’s bloodstock expert, Will Bourne.
“She’s been unreal and now at Stradbroke with a very light weight,” Gollan said of the four-year-old mare.
Of Antin, Gollan was still pleased with the effort.
“Antino didn’t lose any admirers today with the amount of work he had to do along the back (obviously),” Gollan said.
“He was really brave in defeat.
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