Brilliant Mind is, well, brilliant

It took seven starts and a step up to a suitable trip but Brilliant Mind put it all together at Hawkesbury to break his maiden and provide Gary with the first leg of a winning double. Allowed to dictate in front under Christian Reith, the three-year-old sun of So You Think (NZ) showed surprising dash to to sprint home for a comfortable half length victory over the fast finishing Diva Peron (Mastercraftsman) from the John Sargent yard.

As a three-quarter to brother to last year's Gr.1 Queensland Oaks winner Youngstar (High Chaparral), Starspangled has been crying out for a trip. He'll get an opportunity to replicate the win at Hawkesbury's March 28th fixture from where Gary will aim him either at the ATC Australian Derby or the BRC Queensland Derby in June.

Brilliant mind is another classy performer bred by Jack and Karen Sheather from Young who remain in the ownership along with a host of Gary's long time clients and friends.

 

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Dashing Finally Gets It Done

Dashing Finally Gets It Done

On ability and prizemoney won a case could be made that Dashing Special was the best maiden racing in Sydney, but after last Sunday's resounding success at Hawkesbury he no longer qualifies for the title. 


Another Supreme performance

Another Supreme performance

Gary wasn't caught in the moment when he said Hostwin Supreme was the best sprinter he has trained after the gelding went back-to-back on Saturday. It may be a long way from a winter three-year-old Benchmark 74 at Rosehill to surpass Takedown's Gr.1 Winterbottom Stakes win, but Gary truly believes the son of Zoustar is a top-flight performer masquerading as a handicapper. "When he learns to jump cleanly we will see something out of the top drawer. On Saturday he jumped slowly and wasn't suited when the leaders got it easy, so he wasn't entitled to win. But this boy stretches his neck like a truly good horse, and he'll be better at 1200 metres" said Gary. For the moment Gary will take a softly, softly approach with the Jason Tam and Julie Moore owned gelding, allowing the horse to race through the Sydney grades. But should all go to plan "Supreme" will get his chance to prove Gary's statement right in the months to come. 


Hostwin reigns Supreme

Hostwin reigns Supreme

It was all about jumping cleanly with Hostwin Supreme at Warwick Farm and when he leapt clear under Christian Reith it was going to take a good horse to run him down. 


Dawn Ready To Break

Dawn Ready To Break

Exciting colt Dawn To Good is ready to put it all together at his fourth career start in Saturday's Gr.1 Champagne Stakes. The son of Dawn Approach has impressed all who have ridden him, but tardiness at the barriers and then overracing when he jumped cleanly last start has cruelled his chances. Understandably Gary can't wait for Saturday and another chance to show just how good DTG is. "This is the most exciting middle-distance prospect I have had in the stables since I returned to Australia. To me he looks a ready-made Spring Champion Stakes horse." 



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