A GATE WITH DESTINY SUITS FRONTRUNNER
DALBY hobby trainer Grant Arnold was thrilled to see gate 16 pop out when Brax accepted for the Benchmark 70 on Wednesday and his excitement proved to be well justified at the Sunshine Coast yesterday.
“I’m always scared if he draws in. He has to draw out so he can free wheel it,” Arnold said in the wake of Brax’s all-the-way win.
“He’s the only horse we’ve got that’s got to draw out.”
Arnold said he keeps just three horses in work, with Brax having won seven of his 20 starts.
“It’s just a hobby and it’s good to get a win,” he said.
For a small team, Arnold has enjoyed plenty of success in 2018, with this being his eighth winner from just 34 runners for the calendar year.
It was a good day for country Downs’ trainers after the earlier success of Benico’s Prince for Oakey conditioner Peter Kings.
David Vandyke’s fears that 1000m would be too short for Foxy Housewife proved unfounded when she outclassed her rivals first up in the F&M Open Handicap.
Foxy Housewife was placed in the Gai Waterhouse Classic last time in work and Vandyke is hoping to go one better this time around.
The Tattersall’s Fillies and Mares Classic at Doomben later this month is set to be her next assignment.
Vandyke completed a winning double when promising filly Hold The Line won the 3YO race.
START TIME: Brax scores.