Braeview Bondi Explodes from Last to First

Trainer Michael Brennan was left shaking his head in disbelief after Braeview Bondi sprinted home brilliantly, out four and five wide, to come from last in a field of 12 with 400m to travel to burst to the front about 45m from the post and  career away to win the 2130m Off The Track Pace by 10m from Dredlock Rockstar at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

“It was mind-blowing, and I’m gobsmacked; they just don’t do it,” Brennan said. “I watched the race from up in the stand and half way down the back straight I thought he had no chance of winning. So, I started to come down the stairs.

“It was crazy, and it was a really impressive effort. He has been flying (with placings behind Vincenzo Peruggia and Jack Farthing at his past two runs) and for some strange reason he has struck top form. I haven’t changed anything, but in his two runs before tonight’s race he’s shown the speed that he revealed on the track but hadn’t been showing it in his races.

“He had been racing very dourly and at the times we have sat him up he hasn’t shown any speed. But for some reason tonight he has shown the speed that I know he has got. You just don’t see what he did tonight.”

The victory came as no great surprise to cracking young reinsman Michael Grantham, who was left with the task of determining the tactics for the race. “It was Michael’s choice to go back at the start (from barrier No. 6),” Brennan said.

“So, I said ‘I’ll leave it up to you but I don’t really want to be in the running line’ and he said that he wouldn’t care if the horse settled five or six back on the pegs. He certainly showed a degree of confidence.

“When I first got Braeview Bondi, I thought he was a Cup horse, judging by the way he worked. But he didn’t transition that work into his races. However, now he really is, and he’s in a happy place. We had a few feet problems with him during his previous preparation, but it was nothing serious and he has well and truly got over the problems.

“The Pacing Cup (December 4) probably will come around too early for him this year. But I think he has earned a chance in Free-For-All company.”

Braeview Bondi, a winner of nine races in Victoria, looks set to improve on his West Australian record of seven wins and nine placings from 25 starts.