Only The Brave wins Group 3 Feature
The Grant Dixon trained 3yo Only The Brave warmed up for this week's Queensland Derby with a tough win in the $30,000 Group 3 The Slipnside (2,138m) at Albion Park on Saturday, holding out local star Wicked Style in a tight finish.
Caught three wide in the early stages, Only The Brave was pushed on to take the lead. Unchallenged until the home straight, Group 1 winner Wicked Style briefly looked to have his measure before Only The Brave fought back to take the win by a neck in a mile rate of 1:58.4.
By McArdle, the former kiwi pacer has won seven of his lifetime starts to date for earnings of just over $74,000.
Only The Brave is the first foal of the unraced Abercrombie mare Legacy and is from the family of the ill-fated WA Group 1 winner In The Force and the talented Pure Power.