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Brideoake hails six-length Sense

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017.
Ashley Baker






Trainer David Brideoake's patience and persistence with six-year-old Self Sense paid a brilliant dividend on Saturday, as his horse broke the drought in outstanding fashion when bolting in for the Listed Ipswich Cup crown.

An official winning margin of 6.8 lengths would put a smile on most trainers and owners' faces, but especially so with the horse doing so the best part of 28 months after his most recent racetrack success.

Brideoake admitted Self Sense had been knocking on the door, and wasn't overly surprised his charge - backed from $5 into $3.40 in official fluctuations - absolutely tore it down with conditions to suit on the Soft 7 track.

"The horse raced beautifully, and was ridden beautifully," Brideoake said on Sunday, with Michael Cahill producing the winning ride.

"His form before going to Brisbane was outstanding, but marred by bad barriers. Running home from last at Flemington into third [behind Extra Zero], a big run in the Yarra Valley Cup, a big run in the Mornington Cup... it was only a matter of time before all the ducks lined up.

"With a good gate yesterday, and some softness in the ground, the horse was in his element."

And unsurprisingly, Brideoake confirmed that won't be the last we see of Self Sense this winter, the horse to remain in Queensland where he appears very happy right now.

"He's been close, but hasn't scored a win for a while now, so it was a lovely win - to do it in such good form was very rewarding," he added.

"We'll stay now for the Caloundra Cup [2400m, July 1], and probably go on and run in the Queensland Cup [3200m, July 15].

"He's in good shape, he's come out of the run yesterday very well.

"It's rewarding. When you've had a series of bad-luck scenarios, the only thing that's prevented him from winning a race until now [was luck], to put it together in such emphatic form was pretty rewarding."

Since winning the Kilmore Cup in February 2015, Self Sense has been placed six times - twice at stakes level - before banking another Listed-level win at Ipswich.

Self Sense has been an ever consistent Cup performer too, having been beaten just nine lengths collectively in six subsequent Victorian circuit features following his Kilmore win, before the firm ground went against him in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup.

Self Sense's Cup record
2015 Kilmore Cup - WON 0.2l
2015 Albury Cup - 3rd 1.3l
2016 Echuca Cup - 2nd 0.75l
2016 Swan Hill Cup - 2nd 0.2l
2017 Cranbourne Cup - 8th 2.65l
2017 Yarra Valley Cup - 5th 1.35l
2017 Mornington Cup - 6th 2.75l
2017 Brisbane Cup - 13th 10.2l
2017 Ipswich Cup - WON 6.8l

Self Sense's broodmare Be My Person was also trained by Brideoake, and won at Moonee Valley in 2002.

Brideoake keeps it in the family too, having kept three of Self Sense's half-sisters to breed with, and given their brother's versatility and endurance, he'd have to be excited about the bloodlines ahead.


Brideoake’s breeding hits the Target

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Thursday, 19 January 2017.
Brideoake’s breeding hits the Target
Ashley Baker



Mornington trainer David Brideoake has once again demonstrated his skill as a breeder with the win of Target In Sight in Saturday’s $1 million Myer Magic Millions Sprint (1200m) on the Gold Coast.

The Joe Pride trained seven year old son of Nadeem added the big prize to his CV which already included wins in a Group 3 race and a Listed Race.

Target In Sight was sold as a yearling on the Gold Coast in 2011 to Champion Thoroughbreds for $80,000 – a great investment with his total prizemoney now exceeding $1.1 million!

“A lot of work has gone into getting this horse back to the track and it’s a fantastic team effort,” Pride said.

“He had heart arrhythmia and a bleeding attack at his last run but I’ve given him a long, steady build-up to this race and he’s done the job.

“He’s in the twilight of his career and has won the biggest race of his life so it’s incredibly satisfying.”

Target In Sight’s breeder David Brideoake achieved his greatest breeding success when training homebred Griante to a win in the Galaxy Stakes last year, but it certainly wasn’t a flash in the pan.

Over the years Brideoake has bred a string of other top quality gallopers including stakes winners Shylight, Self Sense and Thames Court, City Winners Our Harmony, Biancon Rose, Jugahlation and many more.

In 2014 Brideoake and his family expanded their operations to a new breeding property.

Known as Roycevale, the farm is located in North East Victoria at Violet Town. It is being managed by David’s son Tom (who previously worked in the Peter Moody stable).

Roycevale is home to a number of high class broodmares including group 1 winner Griante.

Target In Sight is the first foal of the Xaar mare Xaaranthe a mulitple winner in Melbourne and a half-sister to Listed winner Strinmaster.

Xaaranthe foaled a Written Tycoon filly for the Brideoake operation last year and was then mated to Choisir.


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.