TRAINER David Brideoake believes he takes in two definite winning chances at today’s meeting at Mornington after a pair of encouraging last-start performances.
The first cab off the rank for the race team is three-year-old gelding Broo Boss, which is a $4.80 chance at Crownbet to win the opening maiden event on the card over the 1500m distance.
After finishing second last in a field of 14 on debut at Bendigo, the horse bounced back well, rounding out the placings in a maiden at Mornington despite being slow away from the gates.
Broo Boss only finished three parts of a length away from the eventual winner that day, and Brideoake is “hopeful” his horse can breakthrough if natural progression takes its course.
“He was pretty good last start,” the trainer told HorseBetting.com.au.
“I am expecting a nice level of improvement. I think he would have gained a fair bit from his first run so I’m quietly hopeful.”
The tardy getaway was costly last time out on November 23, given the narrow margin of defeat. The trainer is hoping the horse can jump quicker from the staller to give itself the best possible chance of victory.
“He’s very green,” Brideoake explained.
“We’re only just getting to know him, but admittedly he was a little slow away last time, which probably cost him the race.
“We’ll probably take it as it comes, but what we’ve seen so far we like what we’ve got.”
The other horse Bridoake takes into the Mornington meet is Street Spun, which runs around in a benchmark 70 event, the seventh event on the card.
The $3 favourite at William Hill comes into the race off the back of an impressive half length win at Sandown just over three weeks ago, and despite dropping back 400m for today’s race, the trainer does not think the lesser distance will be an issue.
“No I don’t think it will be a problem,” he said.
“She’s probably quite capable enough to win. She’s won previously around Mornington and she’s won over this trip at the venue too.
“She likes the course, she goes well there and I’m quietly hopeful. She’s a favourite, and I’m hopeful that’s how she runs.”
Street Spun has been in terrific form recently, missing the first four just two times across nine runs. In that same span the mare has recorded two wins and three placings, further highlighting just how good the five-year-old has been across 2017.
Bridoake believes there is no reason why the horse cannot continue its good form into the warmer months.
“We’re basically taking it race-by-race with her, but you would imagine the mile and a half races over the summer would suit given she’s a capable stayer.
“It’s the ideal distance, she handles the ground well and there’s plenty of races through the summer. For me, she’s turning into quite a nice off-season stayer.”