Weir keep­ing gear change as Ever­est trump card

The Sportsman Weekend - - News -

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

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