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.

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