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Big Spring Tipped For Brandenburg
Sydney trainer John Sargent is over the moon with the way Group 1 performer Brandenburg has returned to his Randwick barn and he is now eyeing some lofty spring targets with the son of Burgundy. Brandenburg had a quality 3YO season, placing twice at Group level in spring before winning the G.2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) in February and placing in both the Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and Gr1 Doncaster Mile (1600m). His connections have knocked back some sizeable offers for the New Zealand-bred colt and he is now preparing for what could be a lucrative spring. "We waved off some big offers for him over the last few months," Sargent told Sky Sports Radio. "It was huge money. Darren Thomas, his main owner, and a lot of his friends are in the horse. They don't want to sell, they want to have a good time. Sargent says Brandenburg has matured a lot during his break. "I think he will be a different horse in the spring. You will see him up with the big boys because he has matured a lot to make up that sort of gap between three and four. He will probably kick-off in the Winx Stakes (Gr1, 1400m) at Randwick." Although he has only been tested up to a mile, Sargent believes Brandenburg could possibly handle the 2040m of a Gr.1 Cox Plate. Brandenburg was bred by Christopher and Susanna Grace and is a half to multiple Group winner Luvaluva. He races for a similar ownership group sporting the silks of Darren Thomas' Seymour Bloodstock.