ABC next for Cullenburn


Brendon Hill knows he’s still in ‘bonus time’ with promising pacer Cullenburn, but he also knows it’s time for the well-bred three-year-old to stand up and be counted.

The brother to former open class star Locharburn made relatively light work of his resuming run at Addington on Thursday night, winning in the hands of Tim Williams.

And, while winning is always nice, especially when you are carrying the weight of money he did, for Hill the biggest success came after the race.

“Plugs still in, not taxed at all and did it under his own steam, perfect,” Hill said on Friday morning.

“I gave him a pretty hard run at the trials and he probably didn’t need that first up so it was good to see he did it pretty easily.

“He loves being in front and rolling along, that’s really his go.”

Hill has forever said that the best of the son of Christian Cullen won’t come until he’s four, but there’s enough in there at the moment to suggest that they can put a bit more pressure on his big frame and that means he will return to Addington next week for a heat of the Australasian Breeders Crown.

The heat will feature Think About Me, so it is going to be no walk in the park, but Hill is keen to get the win to ensure the trip across the Tasman is as stress free as possible.

“Winning next week is the difference between racing three times and only racing twice as well as being over there for an extra 10 days, so there’s a bit of importance on it.

“At the end of the day, it’s not the be all and end all of it, but it would give us that little bit more breathing room to work with.”

A big figure purchase by Ian Dobson as a yearling, Cullenburn was good enough to finish third in the Sires’ Stakes Final on Cup Day, so the rigours of Group One racing should prove to be no problem for him.

The colt will have the next couple of days off before preparing for next week’s assignment and Hill is excited about the future, even further ahead than Australia.

“Give him another 12 months and he’s going to be an even better horse, I think. I’ve always said that.

“Right now, though, he’s going great so we have to make the most of that.”

Cullenburn was one half of a winning double for Williams on Thursday night with Cash N Flow winning the feature pacing event later in the night as well for Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.


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