Breaking through for a maiden black type victory at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse over the weekend, trainer Kris Lees has confirmed talented mare Brook Road has returned to the paddock ahead of a 2015 Autumn Racing Carnival which may feature an early appearance in the Group 3 Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
Jumping from the gates well in the Listed Travel Associates Classic (1200m), Brook Road settled in prime position on the heels of the race’s early leaders, receiving an ideal run in transit before displaying a keen turn of foot to find the line a half-length in the clear of Group 1 winner Tinto.
Understandably thrilled with the God’s Own mare’s performance, Lees said an initial though to enter the four-year-old in the Listed Just Now Quality (1300m) on December 13th will not come to fruition, and is confident of continued success over 1200m in 2015.
“Given it is a handicap, she would be open to a good penalty from that win last Saturday and wouldn’t be as well suited,” Lees told TVN of the Just Now Quality.
“We gave it some thought but there is also not a lot of time between now and the autumn so it was decided to bring her home.
“She did a good job up there; she got the result that we wanted.
“She showed she is pretty effective at six furlongs (1200m), she likes the speed on and can hit the line quite strongly.”
Securing a commendable race record of four wins and as many minor places from his just nine competitive starts so far, Brook Road has undoubtedly hit peak condition over the 2014 racing calendar and perhaps laid the best account for what was to follow when securing back-to-back race wins in minor events over 1000m and 1150m respectively over a two race autumn campaign.
Running second to Boss Lane in the William Shaw Knitwear 3.y.o+ (1200m) on September 20th, the mare out of Cool Gal finished an agonizingly close second to Avoid Lightning in the Group 3 Nivison (1200m) on October 18th before placing third in the Hyland Race Colours FM (1400m) in her only other start prior to her Travel Associates Classic triumph.
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