COMEBACK pacer The Brooklyn Brawler will be given a short break before being set for some of the nation’s premier age-restricted events.
Speaking after the four-year-old’s win at Tabcorp Park Melton last night, trainer Phillip Walters has set his sights on The Bonanza and Chariots Of Fire with The Brooklyn Brawler.
The Bonanza is scheduled to be run in Melton on January 26, with the Chariots Of Fire set down to be conducted at Menangle on February 16.
Recently returning from a seven-month break The Brooklyn Brawler has been impressive winning his two starts, with Phillips confident the son of Art Major can compete against the best of his age.
The Brooklyn Brawler finished third in a Victoria Derby heat and second in the South Australia Derby before being sidelined last February.
“He’s come back in great shape,” Walters said. “I’m very happy with his progress.
“He had a little issue with his front nearside fetlock and ended up in hospital after having an allergic reaction to a treatment.
“I gave him plenty of time to get over it and everything has been spot on with him since he started working again.
“I’m looking at the Four-Year-Old Bonanza and Chariots Of Fire, so he will have a short break now, then get ready for those races.
“I think he can race at the elite level especially if he can lead as he doesn’t like them getting past him.”
With Walters holding the reins during his latest triumph The Brooklyn Brawler led throughout from barrier two to account for Smart Little Shard and The Real Affair in 1:59.3 over 2240 metres.
“He only did what he had to do and has pulled up a treat,” Walters said. “A short break now will do him good before he has to really step up.”