LEADING trainer Brett Bellamy was taking very little credit after Briefing collected the lion’s share of the prizemoney in The Advertiser Benchmark 60 Handicap at Coffs Harbour yesterday.
He says nearly all of the kudos needed to be given to the eight year-old’s owner Mark Killian.
“Mark is an avid looker at sales and he likes buying well-bred horses that have had some performance,” Bellamy said.
The trainer added that when it comes to well-bred horses there are few with better bloodlines than the Zabeel gelding which has recently come into his stable after having 37 starts in Victoria.
“He’s a full brother to Maldivian,” he said.
“I know he’s an eight-year-old full brother to Maldivian but he’s already won four.
“He was out of form, yes, but Mark is of the theory that from down there, bring them up here with a bit of warm air, with some softer tracks and a bit of weaker company and you can generally rejuvenate them a bit as long as they’ve had some ability in the first place.”
Briefing led all the way and cruised home once jockey Raymond Spokes let him down in the straight to win by three-and-three-quarter lengths over fast-finishing favourite Power Quest, who edged Morning High into third position.
The bookies may have had the winner at odds of 20-1 but Bellamy wasn’t that surprised after the feedback he received from jockey Jamie Quinnell, who rode Briefing to a seventh in a first-up run at Coffs Harbour on April 20.
“Jamie got off him first-up and said ‘you’ll have a lot of fun with this’ and he said the run was good, which it was, and then having him in a 1500-metre race and straight to the front I have to give great credit to my rider (Spokes) because he’s done all of the work with him.”