QUEENSLAND gets its first of globally acclaimed racehorse and stallion Big Brown this weekend when first Aussie crop 2YO Bally Bull debuts in the Ascend Sales Plate (1010m) at Doomben.
The Gerry Harvey bred colt is sure to have admirers based on his recent sound 0.5-lens third in an 810m trial at Doomben on October 1.
Bally Bull will need to overcome a wide barrier, drawing nine of the ten proposed starters.
Bally Bull is a son of Savage Scene who three previous winners have won 11 races and over $500,000 between them.
Big Brown has made a tremendous start to his stud career with 43 winners at last count including 9 stakes-performers, most on turf.
Among those are stakeswinners Bella Castani, Brown Almighty, Shades Of Sugar and the US$1.3m sale topper and Group 1 bound European Darwin.
Big Brown is also the sire of first crop star Apollo Sonic who was placed in the 2013 Japan Derby G.1 this year.
BIG BROWN 3YO IN AUSTRALIA?
USA bred Big Brown 3YO Brown Energy looks ready and able to post his first win this Saturday despite drawing barrier 14 in the 15-horse Techwool Trading SV 3YO Maiden Plate (1406 metres) at Benalla in Victoria.
Brown Energy turned in an encouraging debut at Sale over a similar distance when also the object of a wide draw.
As a result, he was last early and only had one behind him turning for home and was doing his best work late behind the winner Essential Element.
The Nigel Blackiston trained colt is from one of the world’s great families given that his third dam is none other than My Charmer, the dam of the immortal Seattle Slew, Lomond and Seattle Dancer.
“Big Brown and Seattle Slew are arguably two of the best Kentucky Derby winners on record for this colt to have both horses on top and bottom of his pedigree is not only extremely rare but it will serve him well once he gets up to a mile and beyond,” Vinery’s Conor Phelan commented.