Brad runs at Wolverhampton tomorrow 3 years to the day that he opened his account for Notts Racing (see above) and in the process on a very emotional evening became our first ever winner.
Sadly the Nottinghamshire Racing legend has not shown the same zest for racing recently therefore if a return to one of his favourite tracks fails to motivate him, then it is likely that we will have to make the decision to retire him.
The son of Falbrav’s first victory was as in a 3 year old maiden event at the West Midlands track in April 2009 and although he followed that up with a very game 2nd under what looked like a very tough ride from Ryan Moore he was then sent to France where he struggled to perform on very heavy ground and almost died from a severe bout of colic.
Shaun purchased him very cheaply in July 2012 and deserves great credit along with jockey Shirley Teasdale for restoring his confidence and appetite for racing and after steady progress Brad got his head in front on December 21st 2012 to become Nottinghamshire Racing’s first winner setting the pace and staying on gamely to win by a neck under an inspired ride from Shirley who made the pace, stacked them up and stayed on gamely.
Notts Racing Manager takes up the rest of the story “ We loved Brad from the moment we set eyes on him, he was and is such a lovely, handsome horse, Debbie him named after Brad Pitt as he was not only good looking but loved attention and posing for the cameras. He was very nervous when we first had him and I remember 3 of the Pinewood team having to saddle him up on one of his first appearances for us at Pontefract, Shirley Teasdale was one of his earlier jockeys and she spent lots of time building up his confidence on the gallops and on the racecourse therefore it was very fitting that she rode him to victory on that special day 3 years ago at Wooly.
Brad then went on to rattle up some famous victories and his finest hour was on a balmy summers night at Shaun’s local track Doncaster where he made all, when he kicked on at the 3 furlong pole the crescendo of noise was deafening and it sounded like the whole of the 25,000 plus crowd were cheering him home.
This tough little horse went on to run many more races and became renowned on his frequent visits to the winners enclosure for his love of posing for the cameras, he became very popular and even had his own blog, and Twitter account
Sadly he picked up an injury later that season at Chester and it was touch and go whether he would run again, It was agreed that he had stem cell therapy for the hole in his tendon and miraculously he was back in the winning enclosure 10 months later showing great courage to snatch victory in the dying strides at Pontefract under a great ride from Carol Bartley”
Things have not gone so well recently and how ironic then that tomorrow he may be retired 3 years after propelling trainer Shaun and NR into the limelight.
For the writer and many of his owners he is irreplaceable and will always be our number 1 horse.
We would kindly ask that you will look out for him tomorrow, I will be at the track to lend him my support and will be taking my camera and a few handkerchiefs just in case it gets windy.