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Fanie – ‘Why I Decided To Go For The Met’

Hollywoodbets have Running Brave quoted at 25-1

Randjesfontein trainer Fanie Bronkhorst saddles his first Met runner on Saturday 30 January, just about five minutes after taking out his licence.

But the experienced horseman believes that despite comparatively taking on the Blue Bulls at Loftus, his gutsy 5yo Running Brave won’t be disgraced.

With only 25 horses at his disposal, Fanie Bronkhorst is setting new land speed records in terms of racing achievement.

He only saddled his first runner on 5 December.

Fanie is travelling into the lion’s den (Pic – JC Photos)

Then he celebrated a sensational first winner – Gr3 nogal – on Saturday 2 January when Running Brave won the Gr3 London News Stakes.

Now 28 days later in a faraway city where the locals believe they have the best horses in Africa, he is saddling his first Gr1 runner! And he is doing it in the fashion that would make him an instant legend outside the borders of the fairest Cape.

“You know it was touch and go until the final moments prior to declaration. Regular pilot Muzi Yeni is unavailable as he is locked down in Gauteng. He knows her well. That was a major factor. But a few things swung the decision on the upside to travel and take our chances. First of those were that top local jockey Greg Cheyne, a past Met winner, phoned for the ride. He is second on the national log, has a win strike-rate of near 20% and has won countless East Cape championships. So we are not settling for a second-rate rider. We have a top man,” he added.

Fanie then said that the fact that the field trimmed down to eleven, meant that there was a chance too.

“If you haven’t got a ticket, you don’t have a chance. She drew about midfield, so that is hundred percent.”

Running Brave wins the London News Stakes (Pic – JC Photos)

As regards pace, Fanie says that Running Brave is a versatile soldier.

“She has the pace to go up there and is a strong front-runner. And she can be settled if things are too hot. So we have options whatever way the race pans out.”

The fact that Running Brave has never been on a left-handed track is probably the owner-trainer’s biggest concern.

“There is nothing we can do about that at this stage unfortunately. But she can overcome that.”

In the spirit of the ‘small man supporting the small man’, Fanie says that Running Brave will be based at Milnerton with Piet Botha.

“Piet’s a top-class horseman. She will leave with Choice Carriers on Tuesday and I will arrive in the Cape on Wednesday.”

In summing it up, Running Brave is quoted at 25-1 with Hollywoodbets.

“I feel we can be competitive. We don’t want to hide away away from the big guns. It makes it interesting to take them on and lift our game. It’s an honour to be a part of the day and I’m looking forward to it!”

Bred by Summerhill Stud, Running Brave is a daughter of The Fort Stud’s Brave Tin Soldier ( Storm Cat) out of the Jet Master mare Movingandgrooving and cost just R30 000 off the National 2yo Sale.

She  has won 8 races with 12 places from 30 starts for stakes of R1 700 274. This would be a fairytale!

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11 comments on “Fanie – ‘Why I Decided To Go For The Met’

  1. Chris Wiles says:

    Go Running Brave

  2. Dylan says:

    I quite fancy this, if she is allowed to dictate and the jockey rides a clever race, this is a dangerous front runner full of heart who will run all the way to the line and is super fit and hard coming here off a spring season in JNB.

  3. Dev Govender says:

    Gutsy mare who has gotten better with age and seems to have found her niche around 2000m. I can’t see her toppling the big guns but I’m expecting an honest performance and she won’t disgrace herself.

  4. Gary says:

    Do it 4 us small people

  5. Joao Da Mata says:

    Win Lose Or Draw the latest addition to SA’s training ranks is a breath of fresh air. Bold, adventurous and clearly a horseman. You make your own luck and you carve your own path in this game. There are so many out there blaming the lack of BIG owners or NICE stock for their lack of success. I know as co founder of the IRC I have heard it all. I can’t compete with De Kock be cause I don’t have his stock” I have always fought ( and lost ) this mentality. I have been frank with many trainers and explained to them that a MR rated 60 running against 9 other MR rated 60’s can still BE competitive and RUN TO FORM.

    This trainer clearly has a gift to place his horses correctly and get on with things including running a R30k purchase in the MET. I will not accept that its about buying R500k horses been there done that, its about the horseman and the way they deal with racing in the modern era.

    There are many like Fanie in SA. There are also a few hiding behind excuses , *edited

    Go Running Brave GO!!!!!

  6. Viv Naidoo says:

    As long as you are “ALWAYSTRYING”, we will hold thumbs for you Mr. Bronkhurst.

  7. Dean Bayley says:

    Wishing you the best of luck tomorrow Fannis

  8. Loraine Karam says:

    What a nice guy, racing needs a few more Fanies. On a different topic any update on quarantine horses in Mauritius.?

  9. Francois van Ghent says:

    RUNNING BRAVE won the KUDA GOLD BRACELET (Grade 2) over 2000m in a time of 122,4 at Greyville with 60kg on her back and with a draw of 11 out of 14.
    The last 2000m event BELGARION won was the SETTLERS TROPHY (Listed) in a time of 121,9 with 56 kg and drawn pole position in a 9 horse field.
    The winning time of the MET last year was 122,48 seconds and all were carrying 60kg….. RAINBOW BRIDGE was runner-up….. 0,20 lengths off the winner
    Going down to sea-level could assist RB and the fresh ocean breeze may just give her a small edge, as was the case when winning the KUDA GOLD BRACELET at sea level……

    Let’s wait and see how this race unfolds, and who catches who……

    I just can’t wait for this extravaganza…… Go RUNNING BRAVE your beauty

  10. Fanie Bronkhorst says:

    From your mouth to God’s ears.

  11. Fanie Bronkhorst says:

    Thanks for the kind words.

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