Derby Interest; Smart Kiwi colt Chancellor Cullen will be chasing the features during the Queensland Winter Carnival.
Ace Victorian horseman Dean Braun will approach the new week with a positive mindset.
Last week, the Lara based conditioner experienced a week of crushing blows but he's determined to bounce back and focus on the up-coming features with his astute stable.
Firstly, Braun was forced to send his unbeaten rising star Magical Telf to the paddock after being diagnosed with a virus while the following day he lost classic winning performer Mr Nickel to the stables of former trainer Mark Purdon who will prepare the Village Jasper gelding for the Australasian Breeders Crown series.
“It wasn't the most enjoyable week for me last week but that's the business we're in and we have keep looking forward and not backwards.” Braun stated.
So, Braun has turned the page on last week's disappointment and will start afresh.
And that begins tonight (Monday) at the TABCORP Park, Melton trials when he will unveil his latest import from New Zealand Chancellor Cullen.
The strapping Christian Cullen colt arrived last Wednesday night after being transferred to Braun's care from previous trainer Ken Barron and a Queensland Winter Carnival campaign now beckons.
“That's the plan; we're looking at the Gold Coast Derby, the Slipnslide and the Queensland Derby next month with him. He's a colt that should easily match it with the best because his record is solid against the best over there.
The trial tonight is just about a learning process for me, I will use the trial for what it is and then build from there with him. Another week under his belt would've been ideal but we don't have that time as we look to Brisbane.
He might be short of a run first-up but he should be cherry ripe for the Queensland Derby on July 21 and that's the main aim of this campaign.”
Chancellor Cullen arrives on Australian soil with sound recent form including placings at his two most recent starts behind the likes of Best Deal Yet, Bettor Sweet and Didjamakem Bolt.
He also finished a close-up fourth in the Gr.1$NZ150,000 Ricoh New Zealand Derby at Addington behind Fly Like An Eagle, Smolda and Scandalman.
“There's no doubt he's got talent and class because he's earned over $100,000. He started the season with a bang winning his first four races and was a short priced favourite to win the Gr.1 Sires Stakes Final on Cup day.
He's certainly attracted plenty of interest from potential buyers throughout the season but I'm just glad he's ended up in my stable and hopefully we can pick off the Brisbane features.
He's a lovely big colt with a solid frame and he's arrived in good order so it's all about getting that winning groove going again and I speak for both of us.” Braun chuckled.
The Gr.3 $30,000 Gold Coast Derby will be staged on July 6 at Parklands before switching to the Gr.3 $30,000 Slipnslide at Albion Park on July 14 followed by the Gr.1 $100,000 Queensland Derby on July 21.