With his homebred results this season, Mornington’s David Brideoake can lay claim to the title of Victoria’s best trainer-breeder.
And his banner homebred horse surely is the mercurial stayer/hurdler Self Sense who took out Saturday’s $180,000 VOBIS Gold Stayers race at Caulfield.
This season alone Brideoake’s Self Sense (Street Sense) has won the Lafferty Hurdle, the Australian Hurdle and the $280,000 VOBIS Gold Heath.
Victorious in 13 of his 52 career starts, Self Sense has accumulated career earnings $1,140,070 in prize money. With more than $300,000 of that coming via VOBIS, the seven-year-old has become a kind of banner boy for the Victorian incentive program.
In fact, Self Sense raced in the inaugural VOBIS Gold Premier Race, the VOBIS Gold Carat at Caulfield all the way back in January 2013…and was runner-up!
“The whole scheme has backed him all the way and a big percentage of his stake money has been from the VOBIS and VOBIS Gold scheme,” Brideoake said.
“He is by Street Sense, a great staying stallion, a champion son of Street Cry, and as his mother could stay, he was always destined to get over a distance.
“Although he raced as a two-year-old over 1000 metres, running second, he is the unique combination of a big strong horse that could stay with a bit of speed.”
David Brideoake has achieved many successes as a breeder not least his Group 1 Galaxy Stakes win with the tough mare Griante.
“I really enjoy my breeding, and nothing gives me more joy than training a winner from one of my trusted mares,” Brideoake said.
“I have around a dozen mares that I breed from every year on my property at Violet Town that is managed by my son Tom and we have had some lovely success with two-year-olds from the mares this season that have come off that farm.”
“I trained Self Sense’s mum, the Personal Flag sired, Be My Person, who won a Saturday race in town at the Valley and has she was a terrific broodmare, with six winners from seven to race.”
Self Sense’s half-sister Shylight was a Group 3 winner in Adelaide, while his half-brothers Ambitious Glory (Hong Kong) and Bulldozer (Singapore) have won overseas.
“Unfortunately, Be My Person died at the end of 2015, and the last foal she left was a Reset colt that’s now a two-year-old called Publican’s Choice. I have retained three daughters out of the mare to continue to breed with.”
“We tend to keep all the fillies and race them with friends and long-time clients. By having trained the mothers you really pick up on personalities and certain traits in the family that help orchestrate their progeny’s training programs for the track and their mating plans in the barn.”
This season Brideoake has trained a host of homebred winners apart from Self Sense. They have included Grand Wish, Hardern, Rossman, Street Spun, Extreme Bliss and Legal Mistress.
Added to that, at Magic Millions on the Gold Coast, he sold a lovely Brazen Beau yearling filly out of his mare Grand Strategy to Chris Waller/Guy Mulcaster for $250,000. She was a half sister to Griante.