Week­end dou­ble adds to big sea­son

Matamata Chronicle - - Property - DE­NIS RYAN

‘‘Seven wins in the first eight weeks of the new sea­son is a fan­tas­tic re­sult...’’

Peter and Jess Bros­nan’s run of form con­tin­ued last week­end with a win­ning dou­ble that has set a new mark for their small sta­ble.

Seven wins in the first eight weeks of the new sea­son is a fan­tas­tic re­sult for the hus­band and wife train­ing part­ner­ship.

And while that mightn’t rank up with the big sta­bles when the sta­tis­tics are tal­lied up and an­a­lysed at the end of the sea­son, it’s a per­fect il­lus­tra­tion of the fluc­tu­a­tions that all can be sub­ject to in rac­ing.

Last sea­son – the first that Jess had joined her hus­band as a li­censed trainer– pro­duced just a soli­tary win­ner from 99 starters.

But 14 run­ners that fin­ished sec­ond or third sug­gested the cou­ple’s sea­son wasn’t to be sneered at and the flood­gates have re­ally opened in the first two months of 2016-17.

At Eller­slie on Satur­day Em­brace­able You added an­other win to the dou­ble she had notched in Au­gust with a deter­mined per­for­mance at Eller­slie.

The Ge­orge Dun­can-owned and bred mare is at her best with rain about and found con­di­tions right to her lik­ing at the end of a very damp pro­gramme on Satur­day.

The weather only got worse when the fi­nal jumps day of 2016 rolled around at Te Aroha on Sun­day.

But sta­ble run­ner Old Count­ess coped ad­mirably with the wet and windy con­di­tions to land her first win from five starts over hur­dles.

The daugh­ter of emerg­ing jumps sire Zed had been placed twice in her pre­vi­ous four jump­ing as­sign­ments and is rated by her train­ers as ideal ma­te­rial to aim at some of the big­ger races com­ing up next year.

Jumps rac­ing is noth­ing new to the Bros­nan fam­ily.

Peter’s par­ents Sam and Marj hav­ing been as­so­ci­ated with nu­mer­ous big win­ners in their days as suc­cess­ful owner-train­ers.

Only the bob of the head stood in the way of a third week­end win­ner when the Bros­nan-trained Good Vibes went down nar­rowly in the fi­nal race at Te Aroha.

With a mud-splat­tered Jas­mine Fawcett push­ing hard up the in­side fence, Good Vibes took a step closer to a ca­reer-first win, hav­ing fin­ished third at her three pre­vi­ous starts.

TR­ISH DUNELL

The Peter and Jess Bros­nan-trained Em­brace­able You (Vik­to­ria Gatu) re­turns in the rain at Eller­slie on Satur­day.

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