Buzz Queensland pacer Brigadier Bronski is on target to qualify for the Chariots Of Fire.
The in-form four-year-old has arrived safely in Sydney in preparation for the Gr.2 $50,000 Hondo Grattan Sprint at TABCORP Park, Menangle this Saturday night where he meets fellow Sunshine State star Majestic Mach and boom Kiwi pacer Border Control.
A top three finish this weekend will see him stamp his ticket for the $200,000 feature on Sunday, March 2.
And his owner/breeder/trainer Stuart Hunter is happy with his stable star.
“We arrived on Monday and he handled the travelling well and appears to have settled in nicely to his new surroundings. We have landed a good draw and everything seems to be in order so hopefully he continues with his good form.” Hunter said.
This is the first time Brigadier Bronski has raced outside of his home state but his current form is unequalled, boasting eight victories at his last nine starts.
Two starts ago, he produced a jaw-dropping performance at Albion Park to beat Majestic Mach and Caesar Augustus after racing three-wide solo over the final 800m in blistering sectionals.
Brigadier Bronski cruised to an effortless victory in a career best time of 1;54.9 at Albion Park last week proving his previous victory was no fluke.
“It was good effort last week but I told Shane (Graham – driver) before the race to look after him and not knock him around so he basically cruised around last week, the plugs still in while he was basically shut down over the final furlong.
“We’re here for the Chariots and another forward showing this week should see him gain an invitation but it’s a tough field with several in-form pacers but I can’t fault my guy and the draw, it makes it easier from a good draw.
“Obviously Majestic Mach and Border Control have big reputations and deservedly so considering what they have achieved to date so they have my attention and respect but my horse continues to improve and his form lines are brilliant currently. I think the big track will suit his style of racing.”
Shane Graham will travel south on Saturday to continue his association with the Art Major entire.
Queensland is chasing its third Chariots Of Fire victory following the success of Slipnslide (2005) and Lanercost (2011).
By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)