It was a dream start to life under Tony Gollan for the connections of BIG BAD BRUCE after the son of Not A Single Doubt powered clear to make a winning debut for the stable at Doomben on Wednesday.
On his first start since February, the big lad was given a peach of a ride by Ryan Maloney to open his Queensland account at just the second time of asking, having met with a soft track at his only previous attempt in the state when trained by Joe Pride.
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Big Bad Bruce was electric out of the gates and was always within striking distance of the leaders, who set a perfect pace for Ryan Maloney to aim at. Once into clear running at the top of the straight, Bruce’s owners never had a moments worry and the five-year-old stormed clear for a dominant length and a quarter success.
“He was terrific,” a delighted Tony Gollan told Big Bad Bruce’s owners in his post-race debrief. “It was a painless race and was very easy to watch.
“He flew the gates from his inside draw, which he had been doing in his trials and jump-outs, and put himself in a good winning position. The race was a little bit muddling run, but he travelled quite strongly and put them away really well.
“He looks really good and he has come on in the coat for that run – I’m really, really happy with the way he has come through the run.”
Tony already has his eyes set on a Saturday race for Big Bad Bruce’s next outing but won’t rush him back to the races, with the champion trainer confident there is further improvement to come.
“I do think 1200m fresh is a really good trip for him and I think it would be a good idea if we are a little bit patient (before his next run),” he said.
“I think he’s a Saturday horse in the making and I’m keen to space his first run to his second run.
“He won’t run for four and a half weeks. I’ll give him a jump-out in between now and his next run at Doomben on Saturday 24th July.”
A huge well done to all the team at Gollan Racing for getting Big Bad Bruce in winning order first-up from a spell.
Congratulations to all his owners and hopefully there is plenty more winning to be done in Bruce’s new state!
An exciting Saturday beckons at Hawkesbury’s stand-alone city meeting this weekend, where the Triple Crown team are preparing to saddle up three chances in the feature races on the card.
Group 2 winner REELEM IN RUBY has the tricky task of giving weight away to all her rivals in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown (1300m), though she will be reunited with Tim Clark, the man who guided her to a memorable victory in the Hot Danish Stakes at Rosehill in 2019.
Ruby will be joined in Saturday’s $175,000 contest by her Triple Crown stablemate MISTEED, who is seeking some valuable black-type before going under the hammer at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale next month.
A multiple city winner, Misteed can count herself unlucky not to be stakes-placed already, having endured a luckless run when fourth, beaten 0.6L, in the Listed Nudgee Stakes up in Queensland. She will be out to better her ninth-place finish in last year’s renewal of the Hawkesbury Crown.
After the mares do battle in Race 5, all eyes will turn to EXOBOOM in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas – and not just because he’s likely to dwarf his opposition!
The giant son of Exosphere created a huge impression in his two space-job wins last preparation, though he will need to improve plenty from his first-up run at this track if he is to trouble what looks to be a vintage field for the $200,000 contest.
Being such a gross horse, he is expected to do just that, and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the preparation holds in store for this hugely promising individual.
Best of luck to the team at Snowden Racing and all our owners in Saturday’s runners!
Talented mare MISSILE MANTRA produced another gutsy effort at Caulfield on Saturday, finishing a gallant second in the Listed Anniversary Vase to record her fifth placing at Stakes level.
The daughter of Smart Missile let down strongly in the final 200m to snatch second from dual Listed winner Riddle Me That, but failed to reel in Tasmanian raider Still A Star, who enjoyed a dream run up the rail.
Missile Mantra lost nothing in defeat and added further black-type to her impressive CV, which already included a Group 3 win and Group 1 placing. Saturday’s result was her fifth placing at Stakes level, though she has also recorded a pair of fourth-place finishes at Group 3 level.
It was certainly no disgrace being beaten by a multiple Stakes winner who has only finished outside the top two in one of her 16 career starts, and we look forward to seeing what the rest of the preparation has in store for Missile Mantra.
She is likely to head north of the border for her next start, which is set to be in either the Listed Scone Cup or Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic at Scone on Friday 14th May.