Brave Ali on Track for 2016 Grafton Cup

Brisbane’s Tony Gollan will give his old warhorse Brave Ali a final shot at winter success taking the rising 10-year-old into the Grafton Cup 2016 despite a last start loss at Eagle Farm.

Brave Ali

Veteran nine-year-old Brave Ali targets the 2016 Grafton Cup in a fortnight. Photo: Daniel Costello.

O’Reilly gelding Brave Ali missed last year’s $160,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) due to injury, but will get another chance at the staying stakes clash on July 14.

It has been a long time between drinks for the 48-start veteran who hasn’t won a race since the 2014 Ipswich Cup two years back.

This time in he’s been unplaced in all four of his Queensland runs.

Last Saturday Brave Ali raced at his home track in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) on Tattersall’s Tiara Day where he crossed nearly six lengths away fifth to Index Linked.

Gollan hopes that with the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival done and dusted, a trip south for the Grafton Cup can prove successful for Brave Ali who has had won run for one win at the track back in 2012.

“It was the first time since December 2014 I was actually able to get him out to a distance further than 2000 metres,” Gollan told AAP speaking of Brave Ali’s weekend run.

“I know he is rising 10 (years old) but he has been working well and I have finally got him right.”

The Bruce Hill-trained Teronado also has the 2016 Grafton Cup on the radar after the Testa Rossa five-year-old finished second to Feltre in last weekend’s Listed Tattersall’s Open Handicap (1830m).

Tested six times in Group 1 class earlier during his career, Teronado is best known for his third to Criterion in the 2014 Rosehill Guineas.

He hasn’t won since September that year however, but owner Steve Foster is keen to get him back to his best in the Grafton Cup.

Also a possible Grafton-bound hope this season from the Sunshine State is the Kelly Doughty-trained Flamboyer.

The Clang five-year-old led all-the-way to salute by nearly three lengths in an impressive run over 1400m in a Class 6 at set weights at Eagle Farm on Tiara Day.

The Gold Coast-based Doughty admitted either Grafton or Sydney are next-up options for Flamboyer who saluted off a six week let-up ahead of a possible shot at the $160,000 Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) on July 13.

“He likes wet tracks so we have been thinking about Sydney which is having a wet winter,” Doughty said.

“Also the option would be there to tackle the Ramornie Handicap at Grafton if the track was wet, but we will make a decision later this week.”

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