Weir keeping gear change as Everest trump card
DARREN Weir will resist the temptation to apply blinkers to Brave Smash’s race - day gear until the sprinter’ s grand final in T Everest.
Brave Smash will start in tomorrow’ s Listed Test a Ross a Stakes (12 0 0m) at Cau l field as his final outing before the $10 million race Rand wick on October 14.
Weir said his thoughts were to save the blinkers for The Everest in an effor to have the sprinter ridden closer to the speed without having to be used early.
As low start meant Brave Smash got back in the field be - fore unleashing a powerful finish when second to Vega Magic first-up at Caulfield last month before scoring at Moonee Valley on September 16.
“I’d be a little keener to ride him little quieter mid field on Saturday if we run and be strong through the line ,” Wei told RSN927.
“He’s got t habit of not step - ping away great and missing the start half-alength. “First-up got himself in at ricky position and then at Moo nee Valley Dam ian( Lane) rode hi mike the best horse.
“Heading towards The Ever- est you’d have to improve those barrier habits a little to be a chance of running in the money.”
Weir said he would accept with Brave Smash tomorrow’s Cau l field race before making a fin a decision whether the five -yea r- old Japanese -bred horse runs closer to the day. “I’m keen to run ,” Weir said. “He’s a bull( entire) and a bit big and that gives us three weeks to T he Everest.
“I think fourth-up into The Everest would be terrific .”
“I’ m keen to run ... think fourth-up into The Everest would be terrific .” DARREN WEIR