Who is the ‘Minister of Speed’ in Queensland?
The answer to that question may well have been resolved yesterday at Albion Park when Brigadier Bronski staged an outstanding performance to defeat reigning Queensland pacer of the year in Majestic Mach and Caesar Augustus in a thrilling contest.
Brigadier Bronski sat last in the 2138m event while Caesar Augustus and Majestic Mach raced together at the front of the field, as expected, all the power was in the back half of the race and that’s where the Stuart Hunter trained pacer made people sit up and take notice.
Unleashing a devastating sprint from the 800m mark, Brigadier Bronski raced up three-wide without cover to join Caesar Augustus and Majestic Mach before sustaining the sprint over the final 400m to race clear and win with dominant authority.
The final half was officially clocked in 27.6 and 27.9 seconds.
Brigadier Bronski has been privately clocked to run his final half in 54.4 seconds.
“That was sensational; I haven’t driven a horse like that with that type of speed for some time, he was so strong by the quarter and he felt just as good at the line.” Winning driver Shane Graham stated.
Graham is no stranger to quality horseflesh either having sat behind the likes of dual Miracle Mile champion Be Good Johnny, Washakie, Torque In Motion, Sparkling Melody and Cobbity Classic among others.
The talented reinsman has an excellent record with Brigadier Bronski, yesterday was his fifth victory from seven drives and he’s keen to stick with the in-form pacer.
“If Stu wants me to drive in Sydney, I’ll be there for sure because I’m sure he will acquit himself well down there on that big track which will suit him down to the ground.
“Each time I’ve sat behind him this campaign I have felt him become stronger but his sheer speed is sensational. He’s fast and he can hold that pace for quite some time as he proved with that win.
“I wasn’t sure if he could keep going after racing wide outside Majestic Mach and Caesar Augustus but he did and he felt awesome, I could’ve dropped onto the back of Majestic Mach by the quarter but I didn’t want to alter his momentum. He’s right in the zone.”
The victory of Brigadier Bronski over Majestic Mach was his first and also the first time that Majestic Mach has been beaten in Queensland.
The talented trio will head to Sydney next month chasing an invitation for the Gr.1 $200,000 Chariots Of Fire at TABCORP Park, Menangle.
But the winning effort by Brigadier Bronski silenced many doubters.
The Art Major entire has been brilliant this season winning seven of his twelve starts but yesterday’s victory has certainly elevated his claims for the March 2 feature.
The $50,000 qualifiers at Menangle are scheduled for February 15 and 22, the Hondo Grattan and Paleface Adios Sprints.
No longer is Brigadier Bronski lurking in the background.
by Chris Barsby