Classy Brigadoon takes Warwick Farm win
BRIGADOON RISE showed her undeniable talent in defeating a classy field in the final race of Warwick Farm’s Wednesday card, delivering success as the $4.20 favourite.
In what was a confident display the four-year-old mare took the race to her rivals as jockey Kerrin McEvoy moved to challenge for the lead after breaking from barrier 3 and ‘Bridget’ proved too good for her rivals over the 1300m trip, seeing off the challenge of the fast-finishing Magic Dallas in the closing stages.
On her first-up run at the same track a fortnight ago, luck played against the Stratum mare as the fast lane emerged on the outside and barrier 1 turned into more of a hindrance than a help, but with fitness on her side and the rails proving the place to be, Brigadoon Rise made no mistake in capitalizing.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden confirmed black type was the plan for the winter, with Brigadoon set to step up to Stakes class.
“It’s great getting her back in the winners circle,” he said. “She’s improved from her first run which was great and she’s backed up with a lovely win today, albeit on a wet track which she doesn’t like.
“With a mare like her you’d love to get her some black type. She’s had a couple of cracks at it and just fallen short, but that’s what we we’ll be targeting this preparation.”
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy added: “She did it well, she got out nicely and travelled. I just helped her round the bend and, after a few slippery moments, she regained her balance and straightened up and away she went. Her hearts in the right place and she handles herself really well. She’s in for a nice prep I reckon.”