It was expected that Isotope would be missing for an extended period after a severe colic attack in June sidelined the four year old for the past 6 months however with recovery quicker than expected she is now expected to return to the track on New Year's Day.
Gollan is looking at the Listed Nudgee Stakes to get Isotope back up and running with a view to the $10m day at the Magic MIllions in mid January.
The Queensland trainer has a huge side entered for the New Years Day race card at Doomben but it is headlined by the return of Isotope.
“The weather forecast for the weekend doesn’t look great which is annoying, but at this stage it is all on track,” Gollan said.
“It has been really smooth getting her back to the races, until this weather forecast for the weekend it has been perfect.
“It depends how wet it is (if she runs or not), it is an important run for her Magic Millions day so we will see what happens.”
With spring carnival hopes dashed for the year Gollans confidence has never dipped in his stable star despite countless talents coming through in the past year.
Isotope was well on the way to being one of the best three year olds in the country mixing form with the likes of Odeum and Bella Nipotina as well as a second place finish behind Wild Ruler in the Arrowfield Sprint.
“I really like her as a horse, she is a really nice horse, I think she is as good as there is in the stable,” Gollan said.
“She will definitely improve, 100 per cent she will and we will decide which race we go to on Magic Millions day, either the fillies and mares (1300m) race or the Snippets (1200m).”
Jockey Ryan Maloney will remain in the saddle for the New Years Day contest.