Big weekend for the Browne’s stars
Already in the process of moving their operation from Cambridge to Victoria, David and Emma-Lee Browne are hoping that their week can get even better as they send out star duo Elephant (Shocking) and Rhinoceros (Vadamos) at Flemington tomorrow.
Sandown Stakes (Gr 3, 1500m) winner Elephant has not been seen since finishing third in the Crystal Mile (Gr 2, 1600m) at Moonee Valley in October and will resume in The Elms Handicap (1400m). “He looks really well and with it being a handicap he will carry his fair share of weight (60 kilograms), but he has earned it. It’s a good kick-off point for him,” David Browne told Racing.com.
“He’s pretty forward and he’s had two quiet trials and he should be spot on and run a pretty reasonable race.” Browne is hoping that this weekend’s result can produce a clearer picture of the son of Shocking’s (Street Cry) path towards the All-Star Mile (1600m). “We could start him in the Blamey Stakes in two weeks or we could go straight into the AllStar with a jump-out here at Cranbourne in between,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rhinoceros will take on a competitive line-up in the CS Hayes Stakes on the back of a good effort to be fourth from a wide barrier in the Almanzor Trophy (Gr 3, 1200m) at Ellerslie last month.
“He’s very well and has had a run under his belt, but it is a tough race on Saturday and will be the fork in the road for him really,” Browne said.