There is, of course, only one, true Bradman.
That’s the great Australian cricketer Don Bradman (1908 – 2001), whose Test batting average of 99.94 stands as one of the most remarkable achievements in world sport.
Three Australian-bred horses have carried the name and, although it’s early days, the current bearer may yet prove to be the best of them.
He is the 3YO Arrowfield graduate by Charge Forward who scored a last-stride win in Saturday’s $150,000 Bendigo Guineas for owners David Hayes, Peter Devitt and the family of long-time stable client Les Gordon, who died just over a year ago.
The royal blue and pink colours of the Hayes-Devitt-Gordon partnership have already been worn by several top-order horses, among them Group 1 winners Niconero and Nicconi.
Hayes, now based at Lindsay Park Euroa, has always held a high opinion of Bradman’s ability. “As a young horse, before he got colty, he was working very promisingly. I rang Peter and I said, ‘make sure you give him a good, powerful name’. He’s been a bit late-maturing but Saturday’s win was a great one in a good field.”
Hayes is now considering a start in even better company during the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Bradman was bred by Arrowfield in partnership with Planette Thoroughbred & Belford Productions and Devitt paid $325,000 for him at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions. His older brother Zaragoza is a winner and G3-placed in New Zealand this season.
Their yearling sister was a $20,000 purchase by Blue Moon Racing at last week’s Adelaide Magic Millions and their dam Portrayal (Flying Spur) has a weanling filly by Charge Forward and is in foal to Gio Ponti.
Charge Forward has been batting sixes all season, despite fewer runners than every stallion above him on the Australian General Sires’ list (ranked by stakes winners). His 5 stakes winners are all from the 65 runners his 2009 & 2010 crops have so far produced. Two of them – Urban Groove and Crack A Roadie – are also from Flying Spur mares.
Charge Forward has 8 lots catalogued for the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Sale, including two very well-related fillies in the Arrowfield draft.