He doesn’t know it, but Toowoomba gelding Yellow Brick is preparing to take his supporters on possibly the racing trip of a lifetime.
The crack four-year-old is on a potential path towards the $10 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill on November 4 with wins in the inaugural King Of The Mountain and Gold Coast Guineas already under his belt.
But first things first.
This Saturday Yellow Brick will be out to kick-start some of Clifford Park’s best race day celebrations when he looks to return to racing victorious in the Listed Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood Handicap.
Clifford Park bookmaker Pat Kynoch expects Yellow Brick to start one of the shortest priced Weetwood favourites since Tiny’s Finito saluted in 1991.
His followers will be punting on Yellow Brick returning to racing in the same manner he performed in his impressive three-year-old season.
A first-up victory on Saturday would also etch another page in Weetwood history as the race’s first winner to be trained by a father-daughter partnership.
Tony already has a Weetwood in the bag as a solo trainer after scoring with Choice Bro in 2016.
Maddysen admits to harbouring her customary race-day nerves ahead of Saturday’s exciting assignment but is steadfast in her belief of Yellow Brick.
“It’s special as a Toowoomba trainer to have a horse in the Weetwood,” Maddysen told MC James O’Shea at Wednesday’s public Weetwood barrier draw at Clifford Park. “Especially a horse of his calibre running, and to support the local club. So hopefully its a good stepping stone in the right direction.
“I wasn’t even here the day we won the Weetwood (Choice Bro), so I don’t even know the feeling. I was a long way away, but I’m very excited and hopefully we’re the first father-daughter partnership to bring the Weetwood home.”
Yellow Brick has delighted team Sears in a “pressure-free” build-up to his ambitious campaign.
“I think the pressure is just there if you put it on yourself,” Maddysen said. “Dad and I are happy with the horse we are taking to the races. At the end of the day it’s all down to luck, and hopefully we have some good luck on the day. I’m a little bit nervous, but I get nervous all the time.”
By Glen McCullough