Robert and Brandon the heroes at Cranbourne

May 12, 2017

Youngster Brandon Stockdale’s victory on Robert De Hero at Cranbourne was important for more than one reason.

Stockdale’s perfect ride got the honest performer home for a strong win in the Travis Harrison Apprentices’ Cup (1300m), which commemorates the life of a young jockey that died before his time in an accident in 1996.

Apprentices strive to win the event every year but the race panned out perfectly for Robert De Hero before Stockdale steered him to victory at his first ride for Flemington training partners Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra.

“I’m thrilled to win this race for Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra, who gave me an opportunity and it’s my first ride for them and the owner,” Stockdale said.

Stockdale noted the race was run at a strong tempo, which suited his mount but he had some work to do when Robert De Hero tracked up easily to be behind the leaders on the home turn.

“We had a nice run,” Stockdale said.

“They rolled along at a good gallop and going around the turn, I had to see where were going to take a run because he’d tracked into it that well.

“He was strong on the line and he ran an enormous race.”

Robert De Hero’s win was his third from 18 starts in a consistent career that has also produced nine minor placings and more than $88,000 in stakes.

Congratulations to Brandon Stockdale, Robert De Hero’s terrific bunch of owners and all involved with the horse’s latest victory.