Stallion prospect Brandenburg is in peak shape for Saturday’s $1 million The Gong and trainer John Sargent is hopeful the right conditions can help deliver another big race win at Kembla Grange.
The son of Burgundy hasn’t won since his Group 2 Hobartville Stakes triumph in February but has raced competitively at the top level during the autumn and has been building towards a big performance this spring.
He arrives at Saturday’s feature event with four runs under his belt including a last start seventh on a heavy track in the $7.5 million Golden Eagle where Sargent says he wasn’t suited by the chopped up ground.
Brandenburg will meet different surface at Kembla this weekend with a good track expected with the all important barrier draw revealed on Wednesday morning for what’s set to be a competitive edition of The Gong.
“It looks like a good race where he should get in nice at the weights so hopefully he gets a good draw,” Sargent said.
“Kembla is a big nice open track and it suits all the horses so if he can get that barrier he should be right in a very open race.
“You’d expect the favourite to be around the $6 mark when they jump so there will be plenty of chances.
“He’s ready. We gave him a good gallop this morning and he hit the line strong which should have him right for Saturday.”
Brandenburg last won in the Hobartville Stakes in February. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
Regan Bayliss will continue his association with Brandenburg after riding him in last start in the Golden Eagle.
Bayliss was caught wide from a tricky draw in the $7.5 million feature and made his run with the winner Colette on his back but couldn’t let down as strongly as the Goldolphin galloper.
“He came down the outside with the winner but just couldn’t let down as we would have liked on the heavy track,” Sargent said.
“There was a good 20 minutes of rain before the race and that probably made the track a bit too heavy for him.
“He can go on soft ground but that wasn’t to his liking.
“With that in mind, we were happy with the run.”
Brandenburg is $21 for The Gong with TAB.com.au.
Brandenburg will head straight to the paddock after Saturday’s run with connections keen to test the four-year-old up to 2000m in the autumn.
Originally published asBrandenburg’s gate can open up Gong chances
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