Lone hope: Temple of Boom (left) goes down in a photo finish in last year's Stradbroke Handicap.Lone hope: Temple of Boom (left) goes down in a photo finish in last year’s Stradbroke Handicap. Photo: Tertius Pickard

Tony Gollan is right when he says Temple Of Boom – the trainer’s first group 1 winner – owes him absolutely nothing. Or Queensland for that matter.

But how did it come to be that the budding Stradbroke hero – photo finished out of winning last year – is not only the best, but only hope Queensland can muster in the $2 million sprint at Doomben on Saturday?

“And he’s rising nine,” Gollan said. “It tells you where we’re at at the moment.