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Trainer Tony Gollan says he is not normally a person who buys lotto tickets but after Saturday’s remarkable escape has decided to buy some this week. Picture: Jono Searle

BEN DORRIES @dorries_cmailThe Courier-Mail

TONY Gollan bought a lotto ticket on Monday to celebrate racing’s Great Escape.

Brisbane’s leading trainer was feeling lucky after his horses and staff somehow escaped from a terrifying float crash on the way to the Sunshine Coast races last Saturday.

Whiskey Allround is expected on Tuesday to be discharged from a vet clinic after being in the float which lost control and slid down a Bruce Highway embankment.

Frespanol is to be released from the clinic on Wednesday, while the worst of the injured horses, Casual Choice and Jetsonic, are likely to return home later this week.

Gollan has only bought a handful of lotto tickets in his life but on Monday went and purchased the most expensive batch he could find.

‘’We are all so blessed with how everything transpired because it could have been so much worse,’’ Gollan said.

‘’Jetsonic has some deep gashes in the shoulder and Casual Choice has stripped away a bit of his hoof and has a puncture wound to his hind leg.

‘’But it is nothing some stitches and antibiotics and some good recovery and rehabilitation won’t fix.

‘’I am not normally a person who buys lotto tickets, I probably would have only bought five lotto tickets in my life.

‘’But (wife) Jane suggested over breakfast this morning that I buy one and I thought that was a pretty good idea.’’

It is onwards and upwards for Gollan who has Fontelina and Didntcostalot starting their Carnival campaigns with a first-up tilt in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday.

After a lucky break, Gollan has impressive three-year-old filly Secret Saga resuming in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1050m).

Secret Saga was to resume on the Sunshine Coast last weekend and would have been in the ill-fated horse float had she not stood on a rock on race morning.

‘’She stood on a rock and we scratched her — it turned out to be the best thing that happened because she would have been in the truck crash,’’ Gollan said.

‘’She has now fully recovered and I couldn’t be happier with her.’’

As for the Victory Stakes, Gollan has a slight leaning for Didntcostalot over stablemate Fontelina this early stage of their campaigns.

He feels Fontelina will probably be better after a run or two and says the Stradbroke Handicap is an option that remains on the table for the seven-year-old gelding.

There have so far only been six nominations for the Victory Stakes, but it promises to be an intriguing race with interstate invaders Fell Swoop and Knoydart.

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