Bring On the Muscle flexes on debut

By Jonny Turner

Bring On The Muscle has only had one start but he has already formed some great habits.

The two-year-old came into race 2 at Gore yesterday having won five out of his five appearances at the trials and workouts.

The trotter kept his winning run going in his first attempt at the races, when putting away a field of more seasoned rivals by three lengths.

Despite just being a baby in racing terms, the Clark Barron trained Bring On The Muscle raced like a true professional when leading throughout.

“We have sort of been lucky, he has been pretty well schooled for today,” Barron said.

“It is always a wee risk first up, but he brought his A-game.”

While he has shown the public his ability in his recent trials, Bring On The Muscle has shown Barron his promise right from a young age.

“He has always shown ability, he is a big, strong lad for a two-year-old.”

“He has taken a wee bit of maturing, so we have just waited on him.”

“We have taken the patient approach and now we will reap the benefits, hopefully.”

Untested in his win for driver Brent Barclay, Bring On The Muscle looks to have the scope to step up to quality age-group company.

Barron suspects he will, but he is unlikely to rush the horse into any big races right away.

“You would like to think so, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.”

“We thought we would crawl before we walk and teach him the basics and see where we go from there.”

“But you would have to think he is up to it.”

Bring On The Muscle was bred and is raced by Barron’s wife Jackie.

The horse races in the colours of long-time Southland studmaster, as well as breeder and trainer, the late Owen Crooks.

“They’re my father-in-law – Jackie’s father Owen Crooks’ colours.”

“Jackie was keen to get them back out there and it is a fitting result, really.”

Bring On The Muscle took out the second race on the Gore all-weather track since 2020, after Canterbury visitor and hot favourite Sucrita took out the first.


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