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Thames Court set for big Spring

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Monday, 18 July 2016.
Thames Court set for big Spring
Ashley Baker



Trainer David Brideoake is confident that Thames Court will step up to stable star status, when the rising four-year-old returns to racing during the forthcoming 2016 Spring Carnival.

Thames Court has more than stamped herself as a filly to follow through a short but impressive racing career so far; notching up three wins and two minors from only seven starts, highlighted by a strong win in the Group 3 Alexandra Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on March 24th.

Having seen off star mare Griante to the breeding barn following her most recent preparation, Brideoake told AAP he believes it is Thames Court that is the most likely to step up and fill the void left by the Group 1 winner through the upon Spring Carnival.

“Thames Court, she’s Group II placed and a Group 3 winner. She’s the best opportunity we have for the spring I would say,” Bride­oake said.

“She’s back in work and just starting to tick along a little bit now, I would expect Thames Court to get to some good mares races through the spring.

“I would envisage a mare like her to probably have an ultimate target of the Myer Classic. A mile race for mares at Flemington, she should be really, really well placed I’d say.”

Trialling well in the lead-up to her competitive debut, Thames Court immediately stamped herself as a filly to follow when taking out the Sale Cup October 25 Maiden Plate (1200m) by three lengths at Pakenham in early spring 2015. Progressing to third in the MRC Foundation Plate (1400m), the daughter of Commands placed a credible fifth in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) before ending her maiden campaign third in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m) on October 24th.

Resuming this year for success in the City Jeep Cherokee BM64 (1200m) on March 14th, Thames Court followed up her dominant win in the Group 3 Alexandra Stakes with a lacklustre run in the Listed Laelia Stakes (1600m) on April 9th and was subsequently returned to the paddock.

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Brideoake and Dynamic team up for first winner

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Thursday, 14 July 2016.
Brideoake and Dynamic team up for first winner
Ashley Baker



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Dynamic Syndications first runner for outstanding Victorian horseman David Brideoake, fought off his rivals third up over 1600m at Cranbourne today on the Heavy 8 Surface, to give Dynamic Syndications and Brideoake Racing their first winner together.

The future looks bright for this David Bridoeake trained son of REWARD FOR EFFORT with certainly on today's performance there should be more wins in store, in particular on soft tracks at this time of the year.

It was a wonderful ride from Dynamic hoop LINDA MEECH, who has tasted success in the Dynamic silks on many occasions. Linda certainly earned her riding fee having to drive No Pain No Gain, hard to line to win by the bearest possible of margins.

NO PAIN NO GAIN displayed excellent stamina over the 1600m journey. Allowed to settle after the jump, Linda had the horse one off the fence, five pairs back, some 6-8 lengths off the leaders after they had run the first 400m.

The field remained strung out in this pattern until the 800m mark where the pace started to slacken, Linda could see runners starting to whip up around her outside and not wanting to be locked away in a pocket, she elected to give No Pain No Gain plenty of galloping room, angling 3-4 deep in preparation for the sweeping Cranbourne turn.

As they hit the 500m the chase was on and despite being a few lengths off the leading divison, Linda had a lap full of horse underneath her, as he continued to eat up the heavy conditions. Remaining calm and composed she had No Pain No Gain balanced and making good improvement reeling in the leaders.

By the 300m No Pain No Gain had worked up to be outside the leaders, with the heavily backed favourite now right on his back, tracking him into the race.

Then the polish of one of Victoria’s most consistent riders Linda and the horsemanship of team Brideoake came to the fore as NO PAIN NO GAIN dug deep over the final 200m to not allow the favourite Robert De Hero, whom was laying in all over us, to go past us in the run to the post.

Linda Meech returned to scale to be greeted by some of No Pain No Gains enthusiastic owners and after a quick photo opportunity with the owners was interviewed and gave a positive report.

Linda said: "the owners are the ones that are putting on the races and it is nice for them to get another photo on the wall, that is their second photo on the wall now and hopefully he can string a few more together as he handles the wet tracks and we have now worked out his racing style."

"If you allow him to settle where he is happy and give him plenty of room, he seems to hit the line well."

"It was a milestone win for Brideoake racing and Dynamic, I have ridden plenty of winners for Team Dynamic and I look forward to riding more for them in the future."

This is Dynamic Syndications first Winner with Brideoake Racing, we have five horses with them at present and we have been very impressed with the progress of the horses and the information flow we have been receiving.

It's been a wonderful way to start the new relationship and we will be building upon this in the years ahead.

Congratulations to our terrific team of owners that race NO PAIN NO GAIN


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.