Savabeel colt Brando was purchased by David Ellis from the 2019 Ready to Run Sale for $500,000.
Trained by Te Akau’s Jamie Richards, he came quickly to prominence finishing an unlucky second on debut, but following this with back to back wins in October 2020 and on Waikato Cup Day in early December that year.
He successfully stepped up to stakes’ level when a dominant winner of the $60,000 Listed Shaw’s Wire Ropes Uncle Remus Stakes over 1400m on Boxing Day 2020 at Ellerslie. Ridden by Te Akau stable jockey Opie Bosson, he was the consummate professional in winning against a class field.
In January 2021 Brando was a narrowly beaten runner up in the $225,000 Group 1 Devan Plastics Levin Classic over 1600m.
Brando has raced five times for three wins and two placings with stakes of $89,250.