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A Man To Match on Queensland Derby trail

A Man To Match has confirmed trainer Tony Gollan's opinion he is a future staying star with his Doomben win.

A Man To Match  showed why trainer Tony Gollan  was keen to get him out to a middle distance with a record-breaking win at Doomben.

A Man To Match had run places at 1 m at his previous three runs but appreciated the 1 1⁄4 m of the final heat of the Eagle Way Stayers Series on Saturday.

Starting favourite, A Man To Match ($3.30) beat Trusty Lad  ($3.60) by 3-3/4 lengths in 2.02.17 which took more than a second off the previous class record.

Gollan believes A Man To Match with natural improvement is a real chance in next year's Group One Queensland Derby (2400m).

"I have always wanted to get him out to a middle distance. This series is great because it gives you a chance to build up your prize money for the Group One races next year," Gollan said.

"The series final looks like being at Eagle Farm on December 22 and it will go out 1 3⁄8 m. It will suit him even better."

A Man To Match is owned by Linda and Graham Huddy who have already won the Victoria Derby with Preferment and the ATC Australian Derby with Shoot Out.


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