True Brave records "first"win

Sep 23, 2013

Appreciating a step up in distance, True Brave was back in form with a game performance at Pakenham on Saturday.

Relishing the 1750m, the five-year-old dug deep to take out the ratings contest and it was actually the first time he has crossed the line in first place - winning his maiden at Moonee Valley late last year on protest.

Bred by Max Smart and raced by him with Pat Walton, Peter Redden, John Ivill and Bill Miller, True Brave is a half brother to his stakes placed multiple city winning former stable mate Winged Charm who is now at stud.

It was so nearly a Saturday double for the stable with classy filly Marianne flying home to only just miss picking up Gregers in the Group 2 1000 Guineas Trial. Hopefully she can go one better in the big one next month!

Speaking of Gregers, our exciting filly The Huntress ran second to her at her most recent outing and she heads to Moonee Valley to contest Friday night's Group 3 Champagne Stakes,

Scratched from Caulfield on Saturday with this race in mind, The Huntress has been kept fresh since her first up run and has been progressing nicely.

We have several nominations for the feature Moonee Valley meeting including Backbone (pictured), a progressive young stayer who is having his first run since finishing fourth in the Mornington Cup in February.

Talentd Pyrollic, who was so impressive saluting by three lengths at Sandown in mid-May, is also set to kick off his spring campaign.

Meanwhile we have been watching Hong Kong racing with interesting, noting that Philippi - now named Vanilla - has been shaping well in track work whilst our Group 3 C.S Hayes winner Fair Trade was in winning form at Shatin a few weeks ago.