A relatively quiet week ahead for Proven Thoroughbreds following yet another Saturday winner for the Steve O’Dea stable.

Veteran galloper COOL SEQUENCE captured the eighth Saturday winner for Proven and O’Dea in the last eight weeks.

Whilst we will be without a runner at this Saturday’s Brisbane meeting, our Sydney trainer Joe Pride is well placed to register our 49th winner for the year with last start winner IS THAT SO and the in-form TAHSIN among this week’s starters.

BLACKBOOKER: STOCKMAN went within a whisker of winning second-up at Wyong on Sunday. Racing around a tight track over 1350m were hardly favourable conditions for the stoutly-bred three-year-old but he performed exceptionally and looks to have an above average future.

Upcoming Proven Thoroughbreds runners:

Warwick Farm Wednesday October 23

BM70 Handicap 1400m:


Joe Pride/Robbie Dolan

Comment: Excellent first-up when finishing 1.8 lengths off the winner over 1200m. That was the shortest distance he had ever raced over so the step up to 1400m looks ideal and he’s a winner second-up.

Doomben Wednesday October 23

Maiden Set Weights 1200m:


Steve O’Dea/Stephanie Thornton

Comment: Looks ready to win following a pair of sound runs at her only two starts to date. The 1200m shapes as though it will suit her racing pattern.

Thursday Hawkesbury October 24

Maiden Handicap 1000m:


Joe Pride/Jay Ford

Comment: Knocking on the door after placing over 1000m last start but needs to keep improving to shed the maiden tag here.

Canberra Friday October 25

Class 1 & Maiden Plate 1600m:


Joe Pride/Jay Ford

Comment: Broke through in good fashion last start, relishing the mile distance. Stays at the trip and can continue on his winning ways with the right run.

Randwick Saturday October 26

Open Handicap 1400m:


Joe Pride/Jay Ford

Comment: Stayer resuming not expected to feature first-up. That said, he was a surprise winner fresh last campaign over 1500m.

Eagle Farm Saturday October 26

BM70 Handicap 1815m:


Steve O’Dea/Stephanie Thornton

Comment: Should have won on resuming from a freshen-up at the Sunshine Coast earlier this month but was held up in the straight at a crucial stage. Rises sharply in distance now but is a natural stayer and been in work a while. Can certainly figure down in the weights.

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