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Michael Nolan double continues good run for Toowoomba travellers

AFTER years in the wilderness, the one-time powerhouse nursery of Toowoomba is back in the main game and in-form trainer Michael Nolan has tipped the trend to continue.

A Nolan double with Catseye Surprise and Angel Dancer, plus a longshot winner for Rex Lipp’s In The Genes, continued a big recent run of success for horses either trained at Toowoomba or coming off a lead-up run at Clifford Park.

After the advent of the Cushion track, Toowoomba form virtually became irrelevant in Brisbane, but that trend has changed.

In the past three weeks, Angel Dancer, In The Genes, Eminent Knight and Rough Eddie have all been metropolitan winners off a last-start Toowoomba run, while Catseye Surprise, Arthur Le Roi, The Monstar and star filly Sold For Song have been metro winners trained at the track.

Nolan, who also prepared a double a fortnight earlier, feels there’s no coincidence in the recent surge from him and his colleagues.

“Clifford Park is a very good training track at the moment,” Nolan said. “All our training tracks are first class and they have a really good course manager in Chris Nation.

“You can train your horses how you want to again. The Cushion track wrecked us for a long while and it wrecked me as a trainer. It’s taken a long time to get back to this point and it’s great to see more winners coming out of Toowoomba again.”

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