Star odds from Hill stable

Oct 29, 2009

Hot on the tail of a $13 winner at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday, the Bruce Hill stable produced another long shot winner Brigadoon Star in the Class 2 Handicap (1200m) at Ipswich today.

Brigadoon Star, having only its second start since joining the yard, flashed home late, after settling near the rear, to beat Seventh Heart and So Shall This.

Like at the Sunshine Coast, stable fans had to wait until the last race to see Brigadoon Star win at the luxurious UNiTAB odds of $11.30.

"He went really well for me at his first start and followed it up here," Bruce said.

Brigadoon Star is owned by Col Harbrow, who also races Brigadoon Champ, Brigadoon Jack and Brigadoon Express with Bruce.

"Col joined the stable about five months ago and things have gone really well," Bruce said.

Earlier this month Brigadoon Champ kick off the first leg of a treble at the Sunshine Coast for Bruce.

Harbrow bred Brigadoon Star (Show A Heart-Fair Decree) as well as those similarly named stablemates.

Brigadoon is the pre-training property he owns at Guanaba.

 "We use it as a retirement home for our horses,  a place where we also nurture our broodmares and foals," Harbrow said.

Brigadoon Star was Harbrow's 97th race win in 12 years as an owner.

"It is pretty good when you consider I'm an individual owner."

Fair Decree raced against Show A Heart and Ross Cutts, the stallion's owner, convinced Harbrow of his worth as a sire.

"She won five races and was of high qaulity. She was about a length away from Show A Heart in the Listed Golden Stakes (1200m) at Doomben," Harbrow said.

"Fair Decree is currently in foal to Falvelon but it will be a late foal and I haven't decided yet whether to breed from her this season."

Harbrow has 24 horses all up and ten that are actively racing.

His best horse was Devil who  won 15 races and $570,000.

"I wanted Bruce to train for me as he has a good strike, one of the best strike rates for consistency," Harbrow said.

"He is a knockabout bloke, there is no bullshit to him and the stable is very professional.

"I enjoy being with him."


Earlier in the day, the lightly raced Maraetai was well backed but suffered a narrow defeat in the three-year-old maiden (1200m).

"He is showing me he is in need of a little extra distance," Bruce said.

"That may be the case with Brigadoon Star as well but first I will see how both horses pull up and then work it out from there."