While his rivals are looking to cap their preparations for The Everest, Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan is just looking to get Jonker’s campaign back on track in the Premiere Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
The front-running sprinter had barely put a foot wrong since joining Gollan’s yard last year, winning twice in four starts before he disappointed down the straight in the Bobbie Lewis Stakes a couple of weeks ago.
“Everything was right going into the run but he laid in and wasn’t himself and dropped out,” Gollan said of the seventh at Flemington.
“A couple of things showed up after the run, so we got him back to Sydney and gave him a short break before going to the Snowdens, who we stay with down there.
“It will be a good test for him because there are a couple of the best sprinters in the country, and I think he is up there with them on his day. It will show us where we are.”
Gollan is hunting a group 1 rather than big money with Jonker, who is still an entire, and dismissed any talk that a good performance would make him an Everest alternative if needed.
Jonker is already group 1-placed, having run third to Eduardo in The Galaxy when his brilliance was dulled by a wet track and second behind Vega One in the Kingsford-Smith Cup, as well as winning the Magic Millions Sprint.
“I think he will run really well on what he did on the track on Tuesday. He should be able to get pretty close to the lead, which is how he runs his best races from the good draw, and hopefully it will be dry,” Gollan said.