A maiden victory for promising hurdler Our Countess at Te Aroha today
put the icing on the cake for trainers Peter and Jessica Brosnan after
they celebrated success at Ellerslie just 24 hours earlier.
The Matamata husband and wife team produced their in-form mare
Embraceable You to score in convincing fashion over 1400 metres in the
last race of the day, a victory that could pave the way for bigger and
better things for next winter.
The five-year-old mare has been a revelation in recent weeks, winning
three of her last five starts, which has Peter Brosnan thinking about
what could be in her next campaign.
“She has come into her own of late and I think she can only get
better as she matures further,” he said. “We thought we had a pretty
handy horse on our hands after she won her maiden last year but she
didn’t really kick on after that.
“We gave her a spell and it took a few runs to get her fitness up to
scratch this time but since she won at Avondale last month she has just
Brosnan was keen on the Ekraar mare’s chances as he made his way to
the races yesterday, although the constant rain he struck on the trip
north had him worried whether the Ellerslie programme would continue.
“We were in the last race and I did start to worry they might call
them off if the visibility got too bad or something like that,” he said.
“I knew my mare would handle the conditions as she loves it with the
track like it was so I was just praying they would keep the meeting
“She was backing up after a tough run at Pukekohe last weekend but
her fitness really told as she was in front most of the way down the
straight and just kept giving all the way to the post.”
Brosnan is keen to keep Embraceable You going while the tracks remain
rain-affected, with a run over 2000 metres or more part of a longer
“She is out of a Zabeel mare so I do think she can go beyond a mile
in her next campaign,” he said. “While the tracks are wet she can have
another start or two with one of those likely to be over a
“If she shows she can handle that then it will bode well for next
winter where we would like to try and win one of the nice winter staying
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