Braeview Bondi Enhances Cup Prospects

Braeview Bondi, a big, strong five-year-old enhanced his claims for a start in the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup next Friday week when he gave a splendid frontrunning performance to win the 2130m Pride Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Trained by Michael Brennan and driven by Michael Grantham, Braeview Bondi, favourite at $1.55, dashed over the final 8900m in 55.2sec. and won by a half-length from $8 chance American Brave, rating 1.56.1.

American Brave, prepared by Gary Hall snr, impressed at his first appearance for eight months when he was sixth at the bell before charging home with a spirited late burst.

“I reckon he is definitely in the top 12 to contest the Pacing Cup,” said Grantham. “I was impressed when he went 27.3sec. down the back. He’s versatile; he can come from behind and also can do it tough.”

The Victorian-bred Braeview Bondi has had 28 starts in Western Australia for eight wins and nine placings, and his career record stands at 75 starts for 17 wins, 24 placings and $192,201.