Brave import will be at Home in G1
AFTER four unsuccessful attempts to win a Group 1, Godolphin import Home Of The Brave’s opportunity knocks louder than ever in tomorrow’s $500,000 MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
The son of the Tony Santic-bred Starspangledbanner wound-up the Northern Hemisphere chapter of his life when finishing last in the Group 1 Breeders’ Mile Cup at Del Mar on November 4 in a field that included Darley’s resident first season sire, four-time Group 1 hero Ribchester.
Home Of The Brave has adapted quickly to his new surrounds finishing second in the Group 3 VRC Aurie’s Star (1200m) at Flemington at his Australian debut.
He went back home to Sydney to score an emphatic 2-len all-theway win in the Group 2 ATC Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) and inflicting a rare defeat on one-time Everest favourite Trapeze Artist in the process. Epsom D’Argento was second.
“He took a few big scalps in the Group 2 Theo Marks, so he deserves the chance to perform at Group 1 level,” trainer James Cummings said.
“He was a bold frontrunning winner last time and he out in front at his previous start at Flemington but he doesn’t need to race like that.”
Prior to his stunning win at Rosehill Gardens, Home Of The Brave’s last victory was in the Group 3 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket over 1408m dispelling any doubt the grandson of Choisir running the journey.
“I don’t see any issue with seven furlongs here,” said Cummings. “He’s won over the trip on tough courses in England. Mark Zahra will ride the right race on him.”
“He’s worked a lot better than he did prior to his first run at Flemington. If anything, he is a bit sharper.”
Home Of The Brave’s experience at Group 1 level stands in contrast to his stablemate Osborne Bulls whose black-type appearances are limited to two Listed races, both wins however.
A combination of Winx’s sire, Street Cry, and Darley’s barnstorming 2011 Ramornie Handicap winner Jerezana, Osborne Bulls is one of the most progressive horses in Sheikh Mohammed’s string reflected in his record of eight wins and two places from 11 starts.
“Osborne Bulls is in great form and he’ll be fit enough even though he hasn’t run for a few weeks,” Cummings reported.
“He was very fresh in his gallop on the grass at Flemington Tuesday morning and we’re looking forward to seeing how he shapes up at this level.”
Home Of The Brave.