Sandown Cup Winner Taking NZ By Storm

CURRENT Sandown Cup title holder Bronski Beat has quickly made his mark in New Zealand by delivering a series of strong staying victories.

Peter Fenemor

22 January 2021

CURRENT Sandown Cup title holder Bronski Beat has quickly made his mark in New Zealand by delivering a series of strong staying victories.

Included in his wins has been a pair of Manawatu 660m track record runs.

He took a handful of races to find his paws on the Kiwi side of the ditch after entering the powerful Lisa Cole kennels.

The son of Fernando Bale and Ainsley Bale unleashed a potent effort when he was first presented at the Manawatu Raceway in November where he emphatically smashed the 660m track record.

He effortlessly skipped through the assignment in a slick 38.05s. His clock gave the previous 38.26s 660m best time a decent shake.

A week later Bronski Beat returned to the same venue where he flicked on the turbo chargers to lower his own 660m track best time to a low-flying 37.89s.

From there he hopped over to Hatrick to stylishly win his track debut feature 645m outing in 37.89s.

A trip up to Cambridge saw Bronski Beat drop back to 457m racing which certainly didn’t affect him as seen by his 25.88s win.

Next up he was back at Hatrick which resulted in a 38.35s 645m win 645m, however a traffic impeded miss followed when sent over the Cambridge 650m trip.  

Unfazed, Bronski Beat returned to Manawatu Raceway where he protected his unbeaten venue record, winning his third 660m race in 38.18s on this occasion.

And he’s back at the Palmerston North located track next Monday afternoon where another 660m assignment awaits him (race 5).

Bronski Beat had a rough introduction to New Zealand when he became caught up in the second Auckland COVID-19 lockdown having to sit idle for a month in Melbourne following his July 30 Sandown Park 715m race as Brendon Cole explains.

“He sat at a mates place in Melbourne doing nothing as we couldn’t get him out. He arrived into Auckland when they had their second lockdown, meaning we couldn’t get him down here (Palmerston North) for another month.

“Obviously it took us a while to get his fitness back up. He sat down during the run home in his early races, however with racing he quickly found his straps. I have been rapt in the strong way he runs through the line.”

Bronski Beat has now lifted his 46 race career stake earnings to $113,853, the result of 16 wins and 12 minor placings on both sides of the Tasman.

He is now raced by the White Horse Wanders Syndicate with a number of them (pictured) being in attendance at the Manawatu Raceway to watch their charges record breaking gallops.

There are some lofty looking goals in place for Bronski Beat which includes contesting New Zealand’s most prestigious staying race, the $100,000 Duke Of Edinburgh Silver Collar over the demanding Manukau 779m journey in June.

This year’s edition holds special significance as it will be the 50th running of the race for the solid silver collar which the Duke Of Edinburgh donated to the Auckland GRC after he was gifted a greyhound by the club during the 1970 royal tour of New Zealand. 

Prince Phillip celebrates his 100th birthday just three days before the running on the rich June 13 final.