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End Journey starts career in fine fashion

End Journey winning at Sandown. Racing Photos

David Brideoake may have lost his ever-honest stallion Good Journey in April at the age of 26, but it is Good Journey’s three-year-old daughter End Journey that Brideoake expects a bright future for.

The three-year-old is the last Good Journey filly in Brideoake’s stable, and one of the last Good Journey progeny to be born given there are just 14 live foals from his last three crops, including End Journey’s.

The filly kicked off her career at Cranbourne in April, recording a strong win over the 1000-metre journey before backing-up that effort with two-length victory at Sandown Hillside last month.

“She won her first two starts and is a homebred of mine,” Brideoake said.

“She is nearly the last of the Good Journey progeny, which is why we called her End Journey.

“End Journey is out of an unraced Street Sense mare that was out of a good mare that I trained Raven Protector, so she is a great home product.”

“She is just out for a little bit of a rest at the moment and will be running again in the spring.”

Good Journey sired Australian galloper Happy Trails and Sound Journey, and gave Brideoake two of his three Group 1 winners, Australian Derby winner Grand Journey and Galaxy winner Griante.

“Good Journey has been a great old horse for me in that I have had two Group 1 winners by him,” Brideoake said.

“He sadly passed away a couple of months ago and we buried him up in Violet Town where the horse had a great retirement.”

A part-time breeder along with training in partnership with Matt Jenkins, Brideoake commented on the current status of the bloodstock market.

“I know the industry is probably going to have a tight couple of years, but I would say the top end is still very strong,” he said.

“At the moment, it’s the breed to race thing that is working well for people at my level – it gives you a great deal of satisfaction.”

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