Bronson on track for Group 1 berth

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The & -trained Brosnan got a long overdue maiden victory in the second event at on Saturday, toughing it out to win the 2YO Handicap (1400m) by four-tenths of a length.

The grey son of had raced three times prior to Saturday – all of which was at Group level – so the drop back in grade was the key to his victory.

Bronson wins at Flemington

Having been last seen when seventh behind in the Group 1 ATC Stakes (1400m) at on April 2, the market gravitated towards the maiden galloper, which saw him start a $2.50 favourite with online bookmakers.

After jumping well from barrier two, – who won the opening event on the program – put the colt in the box seat, before coming to the middle of the track in the straight and setting out after the leader.

Despite needing most of the Flemington straight to get to Thoughts, Brosnan got the better of the debut winner late and was then able to hold off a late challenge by runner-up Anphina.

Brosnan holds a nomination for June's Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at , where he is a $21 chance with Ladbrokes.

This very race 12 months ago saw Blushing Tycoon prove too good, with that galloper subsequently running seventh in the Brisbane Group 1.

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