Graham Finds Spotlight


For someone who prefers going about his business low key and likes to shun the spotlight, Brad Graham has captured publicity

In the past seven days Graham has recorded Belmont city win with Stable Secret and Tonkatuff.

Stable Secret won a tight contest last Wednesday while Tonkatuff, who was solidly backed yesterday, ended a long losing drought.

Throw in a surprising new job offer with a leading Perth trainer and Graham, the low profile horseman, has found himself in racing’s spotlight.

Next fortnight the former South Fremantle footballer will take on a new role as an important ally to multiple Group 1 trainer Lindsey Smith.

Graham has accepted a position as stable foreman, a pivotal role as Smith operates a two-state satellite stable in Perth and Warrnambool.

“Lindsey asked me a couple of weeks ago and I thought hard about it,” Graham told The Races WA.

“I thought it was a challenge I wanted to take on and hopefully I can learn something off Lindsey.

“Lindsey is a very experienced trainer and is going ahead and hopefully I can go along for the ride

“Someone threw my name in the hat and Lindsey approached me, offering me a really good deal.

“I thought long and hard about it because the stable is going good, but it’s a challenge and hopefully a good one.”

Tonkatuff gave Shaun McGruddy a winning treble after earlier wins on My Fair Balentine and Proconsent.

He had Tonkatuff settled in seventh position to the turn before the seven-year-old charged home to score by just under a length.

Graham said a class drop was the key to Tonkatuff winning his seventh race in the Ascend Sales Trophies Handicap (1300m).

“Definitely,” Graham said.

“He hasn’t raced in mid-week class for two years and I thought it was a good race for him.”

Stable Secret competes in the Ascot Racing Carnival Handicap (1000m) on Saturday and has drawn the widest gate in the field of 10,

“I think the thousand metres you have the one turn and he can probably sit three or four deep,” Graham said.

“Hopefully he tracks up and hits the line hard.”

Sasha Starley maintains the ride on Stable Secret.

Julio Santarelli