It was a goodbye and a good buy.
The complete dispersal of Patinack Farm’s bloodstock on the Gold Coast in October 2014 yielded many a bargain purchase, none more so than the $32,500 paid by Victorian trainer/breeder David Brideoake for the well related Sadler’s Wells mare, Kendall Lass.
Originally knocked down for €280,000 as a yearling in France, Kendall Lass was unraced, but at the time of Brideoake’s ‘intervention’ she had a month old Trusting colt at foot.
Before the pair finally settled at Brideoake’s Violet Town breeding farm Roycevale, they visited Patinack Farm once again for the mare to be covered by Lope De Vega.
The Trusting colt – now named Terry – then spent the rest of his pre-racing career at Violet Town growing up and eventually made his way to Brideoake’s Mornington racing stables.
And Terry appears to be a youngster of considerable ability and took his tally to two from two on Saturday by capturing the Listed Oaklands Plate over 1400m at Morphettville.
Terry was slowly away – just as he was in his winning debut at Pakenham on 25 June – but hugged the rail for the quickest route home at Morphettville, winning impressively and obtaining some precious 2YO black-type for the pedigree.
“Terry was probably going as well on the line as at any stage during the race,” Brideoake enthused.
“He showed good speed and sprinted strongly to the line. He won against the pattern of the day as Morphettville is a track with a slight leader bias.
“Terry is a big, powerful, mature type and will only get better with racing. I wouldn’t be surprised if his spring path ends with a (Victoria) Derby.”
Brideoake, who bred, raced and trained 2016 Group One Galaxy winner, Griante, has had another successful season from his Mornington base with other 2016/17 stakes winners including Hardham, Nurse Kitchen and the homebred Self Sense.
Brideoake is a keen breeder, explaining: “I have around a dozen mares that I breed from every year. I’ve got a property at Violet Town that is managed by my son, Tom, which caters for my mares and some for clients. Around 20 mares all up.
“I think I’ve got another good mare on my hands with Kendall Lass too – she’s currently in foal to Al Maher and is due in the next couple of weeks.”
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