Bravado Blows Them Away On Debut


Debutante colt Bravado (Toronado) ventured to Kembla on Thursday to kick start his career over 1000m and showed a dazzling turn of foot to come from last on the corner to grab the lead in the last stride to claim a stylish victory.

Bravado was secured from the Inglis Melbourne Sale last year for $80,000 from Fernrigg Farm. He is by the sire on the rise Toronado who in turn is a son of High Chaparral. Toronado won 6 races himself, 3 of which came as a 2yo, and he famously won the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot which is over a mile for the older horses.


His dam, Chabaud, won from 1200m to 2500m including the South Australia Fillies Classic Gr3 and the Tasmanian Oaks. This colt is her first foal, so she has certainly made a statement producing Bravado first up! She comes from the famous Sea Siren family, who incidentally was trained by John O'Shea as well. Based on this pedigree we would expect that he would develop into a nice horse over a longer trip in time.

Ridden by Brenton Avdulla, who also rode him in his most recent trial, Bravado settled at the tail of the field from the outside barrier, before following one of the favourites to the point of the corner, where Brenton decided to get on his bike and make his run down the outside. Having been relaxed during the race it was a polished performance as he scooted past the field and pricked his ears close to the line.


Trainer John O'Shea was full of admiration for the colt post race. "He's been delighting us at home, and we were confident of a solid run but the 1000m worried us a little. We planned to ride him conservatively from the wide gate and we thought that might leave us short on time late, but he stretched out magnificently and won like a colt with a bright future. Full credit to the team back home, they have worked tirelessly on him, and his coat was shining in the parade today, they had him looking a picture".

Bravado will now have a few easy days before the stable plot his next start.



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