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Thames Court heading to Group 1 Toorak Handicap

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Thursday, 06 October 2016.
Thames Court heading to Group 1 Toorak Handicap
Ashley Baker



Another Group One handicap is on the immediate horizon for lightly raced mare Thames Court at Caulfield.

The David Brideoake-trained Thames Court is set to contest Saturday’s Toorak Handicap with Corey Brown in the saddle.

She is one of 15 entries for the Toorak which include last-start Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Bon Aurum.

Thames Court has had an unlucky start to her spring campaign, finishing second twice in mares’ stakes races before running fourth in the Sir Rupert Clarke at Caulfield on September 24.

Brideoake says he can’t fault Thames Court and all she needs is a change of luck.

“She’s come through the race beautifully so we’ve got the idea that we’ll go to the Toorak,” Brideoake said.

“She ran beautifully and with a little bit more luck she could have run a bit better.”

Brown is returning to Melbourne from his Singapore base to ride Revolving Door in the Caulfield Guineas on Saturday and Brideoake is happy to have him on Thames Court again.

After winning on debut on the Pakenham synthetic track in August last year, Thames Court finished third behind Don’t Doubt Mamma at Caulfield.

She had three autumn starts highlighted by a Group Three win in the Alexandra Stakes.

Thames Court jarred up when last in the Laelia Stakes at Morphettville in April and was again sent for a break..

Brideoake said Thames Court had already had a good campaign and longer term he is looking to the Myer Stakes at Flemington on the first day of the Melbourne Cup carnival.

“It’s a pretty outstanding effort to run second in the Cockram and second in the Let’s Elope and then perform so well in Sir Rupert Clarke,” Brideoake said.

“I think the mile will be her go so the Toorak into the Myer would be a nice way to go.”

Former Japanese horse Tosen Stardom is also among the Toorak entries after missing a start in the George Main Stakes at Randwick earlier this month when he needed stitches in a cut suffered on the trip from Melbourne to Sydney.

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Thames Court to step out in Cockram Stakes

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016.
Thames Court to step out in Cockram Stakes
Ashley Baker



Group One-winning trainer David Brideoake has high hopes for Thames Court who is set to make her return in the Cockram Stakes at Caulfield.

Thames Court won the Group Three Alexandra Stakes at Moonee Valley during autumn before jarring up when last in the Laelia Stakes in Adelaide in April.

Brideoake said Thames Court had had a trouble free preparation leading into Saturday’s Group Three 1200m-race for mares and had performed well in two jump-outs.

“She goes into the race in pretty good shape. It’s traditionally a very good race though,” Brideoake said.

Brideoake is looking to give Thames Court her chance in feature mares’ races this spring while longer-term he believes she will be suited in Sydney next autumn.

“I think what she’s shown me, we’ve got a serious chance of a very high quality mare as we go forward,” Brideoake said.

“Those sorts of races like the Myer Classic and the Coolmore Classic, as time goes on, are probably within this mare’s grasp.”

The Cockram Stakes has 25 nominations with Miss Promiscuity the highest-rated entry.

“We’ll kick off in the Cockram and we’ll feel our way, with probably the mares’ race on Cox Plate day – the Tesio Stakes – or the Myer depending on how firm Flemington turns up to be,” Brideoake said .

He said he would prefer not to run Thames Court on hard ground.

“We’re content to take a few shots at some nice races through the spring and whatever comes out of it, her autumn will be good,” he said.

“She’s certainly improved since last preparation.”

Thames Court’s elder half-sister Our Harmony is ready to resume on Saturday but Brideoake is undecided whether that will be in a benchmark race at Caulfield or at Rosehill.


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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.