Bravo for fresh-up wins

Opie Bosson winding Costa Bravo up to beat Midsummer Magic (inner) at Te Rapa today.

Opie Bosson winding Costa Bravo up to beat Midsummer Magic (inner) at Te Rapa today.

Owner Ian Farrelly is striking it lucky first-up with his new young Cambridge trainers.

Following on from the fresh-up win of Mystery Show, in her first start from Stephen Marsh’s stable, at Avondale last week, Farrelly was in a winning mood again today after Costa Bravo broke through for his first win at Te Rapa today.

Costa Bravo joined the Cambridge stable of Mark Brooks on January 2 and, like Mystery Show, he had previously been trained at Byerley Park by James Bridge.

A four-year-old son of Encosta de Lago, Costa Bravo had seven starts for Bridge and has shown improvement with maturity and experience, being placed in his last three appearances, the most recent effort being a second to Wimbledon at Rotorua.

Costa Bravo’s first public appearance for Brooks was at the Cambridge trials last month when winning over 800 metres and he was backed into favouritism today despite his wide draw.

Rider Opie Bosson worked him across from his draw to be one out and one back on settling and had him fifth with 800 metres to run. He then gradually closed on the leaders in the run home and drove him a gap through to grab victory by a head from Midsummer Magic.

Pleased with the result, Brooks was quick to point over there is much improvement in the four-year-old.

“He’s a bit fat and looking for more ground, but he got the job done,” he said. “I think the further he goes, the better he will be.”