Curiously named youngster Brace And Bits will be chasing an overdue provincial feature victory in Sunday night’s El Grand Senor Classic Final (440m) at Sale.
Trained by Braden Finn, who raced former superstar stayer Sweet It Is, Brace And Bits has impressed in winning six of his 13 starts but has missed out in two previous cracks at a lucrative provincial purse.
After finishing unplaced in both the Sale Rising Star and Warrnambool Summer Sizzle finals, Brace And Bits is striving to make it third time lucky in Sale’s $7000 to-the-winner Classic, named after local 2010 Melbourne Cup hero El Grand Senor.
“He’s a good dog,” said Finn of Brace And Bits.
“He’s probably the best chaser I’ve ever had. He’s a dynamite chaser.
“He has a pretty explosive turn of foot but he can miss the kick and then lets rip after about 20 metres, so he’s always going to need a bit of luck.
“He looks like being a good U-turn dog but I’m not sure whether he’ll run 500m or not. But he’s not two until the end of March and he’s getting stronger. He was only a 400m dog three months ago.”
Brace And Bits produced the standout heat performance last Sunday, leading throughout from box six in a best of night 24.79s.