Brave im­port will be at Home in G1

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

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.

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