Six Of The Best For Brilliant Blue Bronte

BLUE Bronte extended the winning start to her career to six with an effortless 22.59 Ladbrokes Gardens victory over the 400m on Saturday night.

Adam Dobbin

13 January 2020

BLUE Bronte extended the winning start to her career to six with an effortless 22.59 Ladbrokes Gardens victory on Saturday night.

Trained by John Miles, the daughter of Fernando Bale and Blue Thunda has long been tipped as the pick of a litter which is enjoying a remarkable start to their racing careers.

The six in the litter to hit the track have stepped out collectively 60 times for 35 wins and 13 placings, boasting the extraordinary winning strike-rate of 59 per cent.

And with Blue Bronte going from strength-to-strength, it’s hard to see the rising two-year old getting bowled over anytime soon, with each of her six wins coming in best of meeting times.

Cosmic Bonus Chalks Up Career Win 60

GRAND galloper Cosmic Bonus is closing within range of all kinds of records after chalking up career win number 60 up the straight at Capalaba on Sunday.

Taking his place in the 366 metre FFA at a whopping $14.00 – just the fourth time he’s been over double figure odds in his 128 start career – the son of Cosmic Rumble edged out red hot favourite Stinger Noir by a neck in 19.86.

Putting the prolific winning sprinter’s endless longevity into perspective, runner-up Stinger Noir was born 12 months AFTER Cosmic Bonus made his racetrack debut at Casino in October, 2016.

Trained by Len and Evelyn Harris, the pair claimed a winning treble on the day, with Lenray Bonus and Bess Boo Bonus joining Cosmic Bonus as winner’s on the program.

Drinks All Round Following Memorable 72 Hours

Speaking of litters doing great things, trainer Michelle Sultana enjoyed a perfect 72 hours with hugely exciting littermates Drink Shoeys, Drink Moet and Drink Beer.

The winning run was kicked off by Maitland Future Stars winner Drink Shoeys at Maitland last Thursday, returning to the Hunter Valley circuit for a commanding 25.07 victory.

The next day, Drink Beer peeled off a fast 22.54 400-metre Richmond win, while at Bulli on Saturday night, a memorable few days for the Sh Avatar x Silver Bullet litter was rounded out by Drink Moet scoring in a slick 22.47.

Showing enormous potential, the exciting siblings have enjoyed a thunderous start to their careers, winning 10 of their 14 starts and posting some blinding times along the way.

Bathurst Gearing Up For Bumper Month Of Racing

THE Bathurst GBOTA is gearing up for a bumper month of racing which kicks off with the heats of the Orange Cup (520m) next Monday.

“Heats of the Orange Cup are on next Monday (Jan-20) with the ($3k to-the-winner) final a week later on the 27th which is the Australia Day long weekend,” said Bathurst manager Jason Lyne.

“That takes us into the heats of the Bathurst Cup on Monday January, 3 with the final – worth $25k to-the-winner – on Friday night, February 7.

“We also have the Ladbrokes Monthly Medal Maiden heats over 520m being run on Monday, January 27. The final on cup night is worth a minimum of $6,000 but with the red dogs that have already won first is already up to $7,000.”

Stella’s Star Sprinter Fully Certified

THERE’s been some mighty performances over the past seven days and right up there is Certification’s blistering victory at Ipswich last Thursday night.

Trained by Greg Stella, the son of Where’s Pedro and Brook’s Doll won in an absolute canter as a raging hot $1.25 favourite, recording a flying 30.24 to defeat his nearest rival by a widening 12 ½ lengths.

Now a winner at 10 of his 21 starts, the regally bred sprinter has a big race or two in him, and with some outstanding form beside his name at Capalaba already, could be well in line for next month’s rich Capalaba Cup series.  

Stay tuned!

Bend It Like Peckham!

TRAINER David Peckham enjoyed a real day out at Mount Gambier on Sunday afternoon, bagging five winners on the 12 race card.

Peckham tasted victory with Fabs You Go, Dyna Carnie, Dyna Naitch, Call Me Billy and Missing Mate, while in the race won by Dyna Naitch, he also filled the trifecta, with Squishy Pea and Silent Jacko filling the minors.

It’s been a terrific start to 2020 for Peckham at Mount Gambier, winning 12 races from his 36 starters, cruising to a tidy lead in the trainers’ premiership already.

Zambora Brockie’s Stocks Continue To Rise

WITH Zambora Brockie kicking off 2020 in the exact same fashion he closed out 2019, the budding star of the siring ranks will rise to $3,300 from February 1.

“We kept him at $2,750 for as long as we could but from Feb 1 he’ll have the slight increase to $3,300,” said Sires On Ice head honcho Tony Wiseman.

“We are struggling to keep up with the demand at the moment; the slight increase is a reflection on the continued results he’s getting while at the same time keeping him affordable for breeders.”

Zambora Brockie progeny has faced the starter 608 times thus far for 150 wins, a winning strike-rate of a remarkable 26%. 2020 has started even better, his strike-rate at 31%.

Adding further merit to those figures is the fact that a large majority of his winners are on the metropolitan circuit, most of which running sizzling times to boot. 

Skilled Secures Rich Wauchope Final

SATURDAY night’s rich Tweed Heads-Border Park Wauchope Challenge Final made its way back to Queensland with the Tony Brett-trained Skilled a comfortable winner.

Carrying a cool $20,000 to-the-winner, the race was funded by the cashed up Tweed Heads Coursing Club, still without a plan for the future following the sale of Border Park to the Gold Coast Airport for $15 million in 2016.

A restricted win series over the 457 metres, Skilled scored by 5 ¼ lengths over Rivergum Road, the $20,000 first prize adding to the $20,000 he scooped when taking out the rich Lismore Maiden Final in December.