If the $13 chance can run in the first two, he will qualify for next week’s $1 million Miracle Mile, which is long way from carrying your life on your back.
“He is the only horse I have of my own. He is my first horse here and it is quite exciting,” Frenning said. “To see what he has done and to be in a race like Saturday is amazing really.
“When I got him I thought he would win races, but he has done really well.”
Buster Brady was bought out of New Zealand with no wins in his past 17 starts but some significant placings and was given to Frenning to train.
The thing about him is that me and him are learning together.
She has had him for nine starts for five wins in a remarkable turnaround. He has become a country cups king in Victoria, taking the Shepparton, Geelong, Cobram and Echuca cups in the past three months.
It would be fair to say that he had excuses at his four defeats. Frenning, who drives him herself, remembers the disappointment of his first run in the St Arnaud Cup last November, when he was beaten almost 200m as an odds-on favourite.
“He had worked free-legged and had raced like that in New Zealand, so we took him to the race that day without hobbles and it didn’t work,” Frenning said. “Once he got the hobbles, he showed what he can do.
“The thing about him is that me and him are learning together. I drive him and on a couple of occasions [the Ballarat Cup and Hunter Cup, where he ran fourth and fifth] I haven’t given him the best drive.
“The good thing for me is that I have David, who is a great mentor who helps me understand what I have to do with him.”
Frenning will be in the gig at Menangle and believes the roomy 1400m track will suit Buster Brady. He hasn’t been over the sprint trip of mile in Australia but has shown enough speed to suggest he will competitive.
“He has had trouble getting around the bends on other smaller track, and we know when he is balanced he can run very fast times,” Frenning said. “I think he will be strong and hope he can match it with them.”
Last year’s Miracle Mile winner, My Field Marshall, is a rival for Buster Brady on Saturday. Majordan, from the Kevin Pizzuto yard, is the even-money favourite.
Pizzuto also has Inter Dominion winner Tiger Tara in the other qualifier, the Allied Express Sprint, where he is favourite and shooting for his sixth consecutive win from the pole.
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald