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Training Highlights

Here are just some of David's highlights so far during his training career: 

GRIANTE: 'Gabby' as she's known to the team at Wellington Park continues an amazing success story David is expereincing with the family. The dam of Griante is a 3/4 sister to Brideoake Racing's own GR 1 winner Grand Journey, with Griante celebrating her own Group success in the Spring of 2014 - winning the GR3 Northwood PLume and beating the likes of Girl Guide and Shamal Wind. 

DANCE WITH HER: 'Jill' was/is one of David's most rewarding horses to have race for the stable. A lovely framed and strong mare from the early days, David saw something special about Dance With Her very early on. Trouble was, he knew it was going to take considerable time for her to physically and mentally put it all together - and that meant plenty of patience from the owners and David and the team. After a encouraging placing on debut as a late 2yo she went on to win her debut at her next start  in August 2009 - just in to her 3yo season. By the end of 2010 (halfway through her 4yo season) Dance With Her had started 14 times for a modest two wins, a few placings and a handful of hard luck stories. The patience was soon to be rewarded however. Since then the big mare has started another 29 times (to Nov 2012) for 9 wins and another 10 minor placings, including over $650,000 in prizemoney and two stakes wins in the Warrnambool Cup and Centaura Stakes in Adelaide. The imposing  record also has a Group 2 second in the Brisbane Cup behind Lights of Heavens and another 4 seconds at stakes level. That's not to mention wins in the Pakenham Cup and Golden Mile at Bendigo!!  

I'M JAKE: I'm Jake came across the Tasman as a lightly raced stayer on the up and the team at Waikato Stud new they had a handy horse in the making. After winning three races in NZ the son of Pins came to Brideoake Racing in the Autumn of 2011. He has gone on to contest some of the better staying races in Melbourne and was involved in a Listed home-track stable quinella when he beat home Dance With Her in the Ansett Classic over 2400m. With prizemoney over $270,000 I'm Jake also ran a brave second over two miles at Flemington when he was outgunned by Group One stayer Niwot in the Andrew Ramsden. He also returned the following year to run a narrow second when defending his crown in the Ansett Classic and has numerous Saturday city class placings to his name.  

SHYLIGHT: Born and bred at Wellington Park by David this big mare ws only lightly race  with thirteen career starts to her name, however she had the heart of a lion and an amazing zest for racing. Forced to retire in the autumn of 2012 due to an ongoing fetlock injury, the daughter of Lago Delight had three wins to her name and another 3 minor placings with over $100,000 in prizemoney. Her crowning moment was in the autumn of 2011 as a lightly raced 3yo filly on the up. In what was a stellar preparation Shylight ventured to Adelaide for the Listed Auraria Stakes off the back of a luckless run of seconds at Seymour and Sandown. With horses such as the great Southern Speed and AJC Oaks winner Absolutely engaged, Shylight went around at he juicy odds of 20-1 for Group One winning jockey Glen Boss. Bossy took the initiative and set the filly alight at the 800m, making the field chase what looked like an unassailable lead turning for home. The mighty Southern Speed charged late but missed by a nose and Shylight capped off a great preparation with the Listed win! Had she been able to fulfil her potential David has no doubt the big mare would've gone on to greater heights - however she will always be remembered by her owners and the team as the filly that conquered the mighty Southern Speed! 

GRAND JOURNEY: 'Jane' purchased as a yearling by David for $6,500 from the Inglis Autumn Yearling Sale, she went on to run 5th in the 2007 VRC Oaks during the coveted Melbourne Spring Carnival. David's good judgement and original thoughts then sent the young filly over to the West where she dominated winning the 2008 Listed Natasha Stakes, the Group 2 2008 W.A Oaks and finally the Group 1 2008 W.A Derby.

CAPE D'AMORE: This now 6yo son of Cape Cross has had 32 starts and been in the money 17 times with prize money now standing at over $200,000. After winning the 2009 Listed Albury Cup, Cape D'amore went on to win at Flemington over 2000m on Makybe Diva Stakes day in Sep 2009. Shortly thereafter 'Bob' suffered an injury that has seen him on the recovery trail for the last 12 months. He is now back on track and in the stables for another tilt at the Albury Cup in 2011.  

WARM LOVE (RIP) - 'Olive' was hand picked by David and bought through the sales ring at a bargain price in early 2009. Now, with only 7 starts to date in her short career thus far Warm Love (Octagonal/Charangas) has already won a stakes race in Adelaide (Queen Adelaide Stakes - Listed) and run a slashing 3rd to subsequent Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily in the listed Blue Diamond Preview. Her prize money is already over $80,000. 

PANTENNY - This daughter of Canny Lad was a stakes winning mare in Perth and a city winner in Melbourne. With a career spanning 26 starts, Pantenny won over $220,000 in prize money and is now enjoying life as a broodmare and is in foal on David's property 'Wellington Park'. 

DAKA'S GEM: This grand old galloper was retired in early 2010, incredibly as a 10yo. His career consisted of an amazing 97 starts with 38 placings and over $750,000 in prize money. Aside from the numerous metropolitan placing's the most recent achievement by 'Daka' before retirement was a powerful win in the Listed Ballarat Cup in 2008. 

SOVEREIGN MISS: Coming to David in late 2006 this daughter of Made Of Gold was a multiple city winning mare in Melbourne and Adelaide who was retired in mid-2008 as an 8yo. A winner of over $315,000 she was Group 2 placed over 2000m at Flemington during the 2007 Spring Carnival (2nd - Hilton International Stakes). 

RAVEN PROTECTOR: This fast mare by Hector Protector was a multiple city winner who accumulated over $200,000 in prize money. Now an 11yo she is enjoying life as a broodmare on David's property after retiring in 2005 - we look forward to seeing her progeny hit the race tracks each year.  


David Brideoake pictureDavid has one of the most interesting histories amongst the current crop of thoroughbred trainers in Australia.

Growing up in the Riverina area of New South Wales, working with horses was a part of daily life for David.