Bridget Grylls back in the winners circle
Kiwi rider Bridget Grylls returned to winning form in the Ontrack all gold silks when steering Brazen Princess to an emphatic win at Pakenham.
Bridget was a regular in all gold silks when riding in South East Queensland a couple of seasons back and she is hoping the Pakenham win proves a springboard to greater opportunities in Victoria.
Brazen Princess was Grylls' second winner since relocating across the Tasman with partner Joe Waldron, who trains at Mornington.
"When my partner moved to Melbourne from New Zealand, I just followed and I didn't want to give up riding because I enjoy it too much, so I thought I may as well give it another crack in Victoria," said Bridget.
"It is quite hard just with the number of jockeys and how competitive it is, but it is good to be here and I'm enjoying the racing.
"I'm just trying to ride as much work as I can. It's just so competitive. You've just got to do the best that you can and the opportunities I am getting I'm trying my hardest on."
Brazen Princess provided further evidence that the progeny of her sire Brazen Beau improve with age when scoring a gritty maiden win at Pakenham.
Brazen Princess is from Brazen Beau’s first crop to race and the rising four-year-old was having only her third race start when she handled the synthetic track to win over 1200 metres fresh up.
Purchased by Ontrack Thoroughbreds’ Grant Morgan from the 2018 Inglis Premier Sale for $150,000, Sistine Princess has only had three starts and showed considerable benefit from a patient programme.
Brazen Beau was a talented juvenile but showed significant improvement at three to win two Group Ones (Coolmore Stakes and Newmarket Handicap) in Ontrack’s all gold silks.
“While many of Brazen Beau’s sons and daughters show form at two, history shows that they train and he’s leaving plenty of winners from his first crop,” said Grant Morgan.
“Brazen Beau showed significant progress from his two to three-year-old seasons and there’s plenty more in store for his progeny as they turn four.
“This filly is a prime example of a horse benefitting from plenty of time. She’s a big girl and she’s strengthened significantly from her first racing preparation and she demonstrated how much better she’s been with time with her winning return at Cranbourne,” said Grant Morgan.
Trained by Chris and John Meagher at Mornington, Brazen Princess is a full-sister to a colt purchased at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Sale for $560,000 by the Hong Kong based Orbis Bloodstock.
The colt has been named Imposing Beau and is an unraced two-year-old being trained by Hawkes Racing.
Brazen Princess is a daughter of super broodmare sire O’Reilly and is closely related to some hardy gallopers including Jukebox, but her toughest relative has to be the big grey Ihtsahymn who was a Group One winner of the Kingston Town Classic in Perth before a stunning run of wins last winter which included the Darwin Cup carrying 60.5kg.
Congratulations to our owners: Ontrack Thoroughbreds No 1 (Syndicate),Meagher Racing Syndicate, Bill and Glenys Knobel, Vin Harink, Mark Zeller, Geoffrey and Lesley Moar, David and Sue Worthley, Geoff Farren-Price, M Farren-Price, J Fitzpatrick, David Fitzpatrick, S Randle, Ted Randle, Peter Ivanovski, Erin Barclay, Michael Hackett, P Hinton, Barry Menzies, Peter Miles, Joe Oltvanyi, Gerald and Antoinette Pacholec.