Bruce and Ranges make it a 48 hours to remember!
BIG BAD BRUCE made it two wins in as many days for the Triple Crown team with a last gasp victory at Newcastle on Tuesday.
The son of Not A Single Doubt came from the clouds under a superb Rory Hutchings ride to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, having been near enough last as the field straightened up for home.
Big Bad Bruce has been a model of consistency since joining Joe Pride, placing in all seven starts, while yesterday’s victory marked his second in the care of the Warwick Farm trainer.
“He’s always shown glimpses of his ability, but I thought today was the best performance of his career,” Pride said.
“He’s now won a couple for us and all his other performances have been honest, so he’s a horse paying his way.
“The Autumn Carnival is winding up now so it’s the right time of year to bring him to town for a midweek race, and even he can run a mile that will add another strong to his bow.
“There’s a little term I like to use in racing and it’s ‘pay the believers’ – that’s us today. We’ve come a long way with this horse and now hopefully he’s going to reward us.
“He was terrific today and I’m really proud of him.”
Bruce’s success came just 24 hours after RANGES broke through for a well-deserved win at Muswellbrook, where he proved a touch too classy for his opposition and won with an air of authority.
The son of Shooting To Win travelled in the ideal position, with Jeff Penza electing to sit just off the pace set by the eventual runner-up Tough Case. Ranges then let down strongly in the straight, seeing out the 1280m trip with aplomb to score by just over a length.
A delighted winning co-trainer Peter Snowden said: “It took a fair bit longer to win a race with him than I thought it would, but that’s a start in the right direction and hopefully he can go on from here.
“That wasn’t his preferred ground, he’s definitely better on top of the ground, but he got through it OK and had a bit on them, so he was able to win nicely.
“Let’s hope it’s the start of many more to come.”