BRICKADANK 30 March 2016 Cape Cross-Tralanza Owner-A & S Associates.
Brickadank is by the late great sire Cape Cross, who could boast two Derby winners on his CV, in the form of Sea The Stars, and Golden Horn, he has also provided many winners in the National Hunt sphere. Brickadank's dam was a 13 race maiden, but she did achieve an official flat mark of 77 (Irish.) As a broodmare she has been represented by five runners, three of which have won races.
Brickadank made his racecourse debut at Newcastle on the all weather in a juvenile bumper in December 2019. He was keen early on, but still came home a respectable fourth, beaten by 22 lengths, under Becky Smith. It was decided he needed wind surgery, and he was not seen again on the racecourse until August 2020. He reappeared at Ripon in hot maiden company, but found things happening two quickly, after being slow out of the stalls on his flat debut, over 10 furlongs. He was back at Ripon again 26 days later, when stepping up to 12 furlongs, but once again he failed to get competitive. His final start on the flat to date was at Pontefract, when dropping back to a mile, he was once again well down the field, but now had a handicap mark.
Brickadank next made his hurdles debut as Southwell in December, where once again he could never get competitive. This was followed by two further runs, in December at Wetherby, and again at Wetherby in February 2021, both in novice hurdles. He was now eligible for his first jumps handicap mark, and was allotted 92. He made his handicap debut at Newcastle in March under the champion jockey Brian Hughes, but over an extended two miles and four furlongs, he weakened from the last to finish in ninth. Dropping in trip to two miles and one furlong he once again disappointed at Carlisle in April, after racing two freely, and failing to get home.
Things finally took a turn for the better next time at Market Rasen, when from a reduced mark of 84, he stayed on to be third, beaten by six and a half lengths, after once again being too keen early on. He built on that run on his latest start at Hexham, running his best race to date, to once again finish in third place.
Brickadank has shown on his last two starts that he is capable of winning a race. He probably acts on most surfaces, with two miles appearing to be his trip at this moment, but he would make life a lot easier for himself if he could learn to settle better in his races.
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