Caption: Barooga Brett after winning the 2019 Silver Chief with Brooke Ennis
Group 1 Silver Chief
(525m) The Meadows
Best males whelped on or after July 1, 2019.
Heats December 23. Final January 1,
$100,000 to the winner.
By DAVID BRASCH
Jimmy Psalia is 83 and admits he’s slowing down, so much so that he’s no longer able to train his own dogs.
That was the story back in 2018 when Jimmy and his partner, the late Norma Gost, had a couple of young dogs showing potential and they needed to find a trainer for them.
They were brothers, by Barcia Bale-Destini Gold, and Jimmy had given Norm and Janis Rinaldi $5000 for the pair when they were three months.
Norm and Janis were scaling down, getting ready for retirement.
\”They were nice pups, well handled by the time we got them at three months,\” Jimmy said. \”No trouble at all.\”
Jimmy got them educated at Gippsland and the report said the blue dog was a \”good pup\”.
\”Good pup\” is an underestimation. Named Barooga Brett, he went to Jamie and Brooke Ennis to win 27 and be placed in 28 of his 88 starts for $417,000 in stakes.
When the new year ticks over, Jimmy will sit back and remember the start of 2019 when Barooga Brett, as the $1.90 favourite, downed champion Sennachie to win the Silver Chief the Group 1 glamour event that pits the star young males together for a time-honoured clash.
\”When I bought those pups, they were the perfect age for the Maturity,\” Jimmy said. \”But the club then went and changed the dates. Barooga Brett went from being one of the oldest in the series to one of the youngest.
\”He made the final but ran last.
\”But by the time the Silver Chief came around, he had the age advantage on them all and won it.
\”The Silver Chief is a pretty hard race to win.\”
While Jimmy rode the Group 1 victory with Jamie and Brooke, a couple of other Group wins also stand out for Jimmy in Barooga Brett\’s career.
\”The night he gave Simon Told Helen a start and ran over the top of him to win the Silver Bullet was fantastic,\” Jimmy said.
Barooga Brett also won the invitation Group 1 Temlee, beating a field that would stand against any in modern times.
Chasing him home that night were Orson Allen, Hasten Slowly, My Redeemer, Poke The Bear, Buck\’s Future, Cosmic Bonus and Circle Of Dreams. All but one were a Group 1 winner.
\”Gee he gave us some great thrills,\” Jimmy said. \”Jamie and Brooke loved him … naturally.\”
These days Jimmy, at 83, manages to rear a few pups on his property near Geelong. His grandson Brett Nye gave him a hand for a while until work commitments took over.
\”I\’ve slowed down a little these days. I\’ve got a litter by Barooga Brett, three dogs and two bitches, whelped in July out of Lady Torah,\” Jimmy said. \”They are nice pups, but everyone says that about their pups.\”
Lady Torah, by Dyna Tron, won 13 races and $49,000 for Jimmy.
Barooga Brett was named after Cobram-Barooga, the Victorian country area where Jimmy\’s family mostly reside, and his grandson.
Good race dogs are nothing new for Jimmy.
\”We\’ve had some good ones in the past, dogs like Our Henry, Ballroom Dancer and of course Lady Toy,\” he said.
The latter was a high-class race bitch winning the Group 1 National Distance. She was four times Group 1 placed. Jimmy laments losing her son Toys Son (by Fernando Bale) who had run a maiden class record at The Meadows but tragically died not long after.
Barooga Brett recently joined the stud dog band at Newhaven Stud with Nick De La Roche.
\”He\’s a nice young guy and he tells me he\’s been selling straws for Barooga Brett,\” Jimmy said.
The fact Barooga Brett was such a great race dog makes that only natural.
He won the G1 Silver Chief and Temlee, the G3 Silver Bullet and Listed Cup Night Sprint.
He was a finalist at G1 level in the Maturity, Brisbane Cup, a Topgun and another Temlee, and at Group level in the Horsham, Cranbourne and Healesville Cups.
The Silver Chief set him on the path to greatness. It does that all the time!