Fred Ready To Rock In Super Stayers Test

STEWART and Cherylee Barber reckon they need to have Bedrock Fred home in SA after he has completed his current Queensland commitments.

David Brasch

22 June 2022

STEWART and Cherylee Barber reckon they need to have Bedrock Fred home in South Australia after he has completed his current Queensland winter carnival commitments.

Bedrock Fred (Spring Gun-Dashing Dee Dee) goes into the Group 3 Super Stayers (710m) at Albion Park on Thursday night coming off victory in the Group 3 The Dashing Corsair.

Trained in South Australia by Cherylee, Bedrock Fred has not been home since February.

He has campaigned successfully in WA with Krystal Shinners, then Victoria with Graham Jose and now in Queensland with Tony Brett.

“Every one of those three has said he settled into their kennels perfectly and took over,” said Stewart.

“But, after he goes through the Winter Carnival, we want him home just to be able to give him a cuddle. He is special to us.”

Bedrock Fred earned his spot in the Superstayers with a 41.60 scorching eight lengths win in The Dashing Corsair.

Thursday night’s Superstayers Invitation was not even on the radar for Bedrock Fred according to Stewart Barber when he organised to send the dog to Queensland.

“I thought he was a chance in the Dashing Corsair and then go on to the Queensland Cup,” he said.

“It’s great to be in such a race, by invitation.”

Barber know this week’s assignment will be tough.

“Gee, he’s got his work cut out this week,” said Stewart.

“But, if he can run up to last week’s run, he can still be hard to beat.”

Bedrock Fred has been a quiet achiever right throughout his career.

As well as the Dashing Corsair, he has won the South Australian Distance Championship but been a finalist in the Group 1 WA Galaxy, the Group 1 Qld Cup, the Group 3 Howard Ashton and the Group 3 The Miata.

Last week’s 41.60 came as a little surprise to Stewart.

“Last year he was in Queensland with Tony (Brett) and we thought if he could get down to 41.80 he would be competitive,” he said. “But, he was unlucky last year in the Group races up there.

“And, I thought he was a certainty beaten in his heat of the Sandown Cup. He found lots of trouble.”

While the four-dog invitation of the Superstayers suits Bedrock Fred, it also suits Group 1 stars like Gypsy Wyong, Untapped and Zipping Kansas.

“Gee, Zipping Kansas will be hard to beat in this format,” said Stewart.

“But, our bloke will give 120 percent like he always does. Yes, he’s got a few fly bye points up.”

The Barbers have a couple of half relations to Bedrock Fred, by My Redeemer-Dashing Dee Dee, ready to start racing and showing great potential.

Tony Brett gets his chance to dominate the Group 3 finals via star galloper Orchestrate in the Group 3 Super Sprinters (520m).

He has drawn perfectly in the seven and goes into the race off a brilliant 29.82 top grade win at Albion Park at his latest outing.

He meets a super field which includes last week’s Flying Amy Classic victor, Photo Man, again off the rails, and Victorian Equalizer the Group 1 Brisbane Cup winner last year.

Toss in Albion Park stars like Extra Malt, Impact, Dulceria, Farmor Beach and Power Moves and it is a race worthy of the name … Super Sprinters.