By Glenn Davis
Golden Slipper time always brings back fond memories for trainer Bruce Brown who is hopeful Nitroglycerine can make it back-to-back wins at Doomben on Wednesday.
Brown trained Queensland filly Calaway Gal to win the Golden Slipper at Rosehill in 2002.
With the Golden Slipper just around the corner on Saturday week, Brown still recalls the day Calaway Gal won the world’s richest two-year-old race.
“I looked up at the sky when Calaway Gal went into the barriers and said this is for you Pop,” Brown said.
Brown was referring to his grandfather, Reg Chapman who died six years earlier.
“My Mum reminded me at the time that Pop would have turned 100 the day Calaway Gal won the Golden Slipper,” Brown said.
“It was a very special day.”
Brown only has six horses on his books and most are spelling with the exception of Nitroglycerine and Oscar’s Lot who was an unlucky fifth at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.
Nitroglycerine will be ridden by apprentice Jackson Murphy in the Class One Handicap (1630m) and is coming off an all the way maiden win over the same trip at Doomben on February 19.
Doomben is in the heavy range but Brown doesn’t want any more rain.
“He would handle a soft 6 but he’s too big a horse with a long stride to run on a heavy track,” Brown said.
“He’ll definitely start no matter what as he’s going for a spell after this race and I’ll be taking a short holiday myself.”
Brown paid only $18,000 for Nitroglycerine at the 2018 Magic Millions March sales.
“I’m mostly a breeder and buyer these days and I picked him out at the Gold Coast March sales two years ago,” he said.
“Before I go for a holiday, I’ll go the Magic Millions March sales next week and hopefully some more horses for my clients,” Brown said.
“Nitroglycerine turned out to be a box walker after I got him but I’ve since taught him not to box walk.
“He’s a lot of work and still weaves a bit when he gets upset.”
Racing Queensland webnews March 10