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Curtain drawn on Buster Brady's cups championship

05:56 AM 03 Apr 2019 NZDT
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Kima Frenning and Buster Brady,Harness racing

Connections of Buster Brady are hoping the horse has done enough this season to take home the Trots Country Cups Championship.

The Kima Frenning-trained six-year-old had the harness racing world in awe with a fighting victory in Sunday's The Weekly Advertiser Horsham Pacing Cup (2700m) and a decision has been made to bypass the last two features on the series calendar.

Buster Brady's win at the weekend has given him a huge break at the top of the championship leaderboard, but the move to skip the Mildura and Warragul cups leaves the door slightly ajar for Perspective to steal the spoils.

Tim O'Brien's pacer is nine points behind Buster Brady in the standings and would need to win both cups to secure the $25,000 bonus for connections.

Buster Brady's owner Luke Stokie said his horse had been nominated for the Preux Chevalier Free For All at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night and, if he starts in that race, it will be his last before a spell.

"Initially we thought about going to Mildura, but we just thought it was maybe just asking a little bit too much of him given how good of a job he has done," Stokie, who shares ownership with his two brothers, said.

"If he runs (on Saturday) that will probably be his last race for the season. We will probably give him three or four weeks off."

Stokie is happy to tip his cap to Perspective if that horse can steal the Trots Country Cups Championship right at the death.

"If Perspective can go out and do that, good on him because it would be an unbelievable effort," the 36-year-old said.

"He's been running in these races throughout the whole season as well and he's acquitted himself really, really well."

Stokie was full of praise for Frenning, who was given the opportunity to begin her training career with the former New Zealander.

He said it was a matter of luck that Frenning landed such a good horse to be the first to race under her name.

"She didn't have her trainer's licence at the time when we had Sapphire Swayze, which I claimed and was pretty much Kima's horse in the (David Aiken) stable. She looked after him and all that sort of stuff," Stokie said.

"We paid $12,000 for him and I think he won three races and got claimed back for $17,000.

"And then I said to her 'I'll find you another horse, but you've just got to get your trainer's licence'.

"I was in the middle of purchasing a horse, the deal fell through and Buster Brady came up.

"It was just pretty much the fact that the next horse I bought was going to be for her to train."

Since then, it's been a dream run for the Swedish horsewoman, who has trained and driven the son of Real Desire to seven wins, including the Geelong, Cobram, Echuca, Maryborough and Horsham cups.

Buster Brady's record now stands at 15 wins from 50 career starts with more than $320,000 in earnings.

 

Tim O'Connor

for Trots Media

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