Brave Smash joins $10m Everest field
BRAVE Smash has become the latest horse to secure a spot in next month’s $10 million Everest at Randwick.
The Australian Turf Club has secured an agreement with Australian Bloodstock to have the former Japanese galloper represent the club in the rich race on October 14.
Brave Smash – from the stable of Australia’s most-winning trainer Darren Weir – brings an international flavour to the inaugural running of the world’s richest race on turf.
The five-year-old entire, who started his racing career in Japan, ran second at his Australian debut behind fellow The Everest contender Vega Magic before a strong win at Moonee Valley.
ATC executive general manager-racing James Heddo said the ATC was delighted to partner with Brave Smash, who is currently rated an $11 Everest chance.
“We have selected Brave Smash for several reasons and think he is an excellent fit for the ATC,’’ Heddo said.
“We have great confidence in Darren Weir’s judgment that the best of Brave Smash is yet to come, and the stable can now focus solely on one race and aim to peak on October 14 in The Everest.”
He said the ATC was committed to building the international profile of its carnivals and racing, and to attract more overseas competitors.
Brave Smash joins Houtzen, She Will Reign, Chautauqua, Redzel, Fell Swoop and English to secure slots in the Everest to date. Five slots are still to be filled.