Big Bad Bruce to be unleashed at Canterbury

HE’S already gathered somewhat of a cult following before even stepping out on to the racetrack, but on Wednesday the wait is over for the eagerly anticipated first start of Big Bad Bruce.

A winner of his two most recent trials, the latest by a convincing three-length margin, the two-year-old colt by Not A Single Doubt has opened the $2.70 favourite for the 2YO Handicap over 1200m at Canterbury on Wednesday for the Bjorn Baker stable.

The colt was today also nominated for the Group 1 JJ Atkins during Queensland’s Winter Carnival.

Purchased for $135,000 from the Inglis Classic Sale, the strapping colt is out of Sharmadal mare Sister Bruce and from the black-type family of 2Yo Triple Crown winner Dance Hero.

He faces seven rivals on debut, including last-time-out winner Gem Song.

Tim Clark takes the ride with Big Brucey having drawn barrier 5. Trainer Bjorn Baker has been encouraged by his work in recent weeks.

“He’s in really good order and has been going well,” said Baker. “We’ll look to get a good run from barrier 5 but it looks an open race and on his recent trial form he should be competitive.

“He’s come on leaps and bounds since then and I’m looking forward to his first start.”

Best of luck to the owners of Big Bad Bruce on Wednesday!