Three-time Group placegetter Bobby The Brute has been making up for lost time since returning from an injury-enforced six-month stint on the sidelines.
Trained by Brendan Pursell at Lara, Bobby The Brute, the winner of 13 from 44, is chasing his fifth win from his past six starts at The Meadows on Saturday night in Race 8, a FFA (525m) to be run at 9.02pm.
However, that purple patch stretches back to January, when the son of KC And All and She’s Scandalous claimed back-to-back 600m successes at The Meadows, hot on the heels of running a close third to the freakish Houdini Boy in the G1 Sale Cup final (650m).
“He broke his hock at The Meadows but it wasn’t too bad and didn’t require surgery,” explained former Tasmanian mentor Pursell.
“We just took our time and brought him back slowly and the dog is flying.”
While Bobby The Brute was competing at elite middle distance level prior to being injured, there’s no doubting his versatility.
He was only beaten one length when runner-up to champion sprinter Simon Told Helen in the G2 Geelong Gold Cup (520m) last October, while he also ran second in the G3 Flying Amy Classic (520m) in Brisbane.
Upon resuming, Bobby The Brute won first-up at Geelong (25.86sec) and then sped around The Meadows in 29.84sec at a Wednesday meeting, before making late ground when third last Saturday night.
Bobby The Brute will exit box six on Saturday, with the toughest to beat shaping as Jeff Britton’s last start G1 Maturity Classic placegetter Mr. Fix It in box two.
“He’s drawn a bit wide for him,” Pursell said.