Blue Army ris­ing

Godol­phin duo chas­ing black-type in two states

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

JAMES Cummings is aim­ing to snare Godol­phin’s first twostate stakes dou­ble of the new sea­son with Plague Stone in the Rose­bud Syd­ney whilst an hour later Mel­bourne comes the de­but of the high­lyre­garded im­port Home Of The Brave.

clev­erly-named son of Cool­more’s shut­tle stal­lion Starspan­gled­ban­ner, Home of The Brave has been a reg­u­lar com­peti­tor on the world stage against some of the best sprinter/mil­ers around.

Home Of The Brave’s Aus­tralian de­but comes in to­mor­row’s Group 3 VRC Aurie’s Star (1200m) at Flem­ing­ton.

Af­ter break­ing his maiden by 4-lens at New­mar­ket at sec­ond start, it’s been black-type rac­ing only for the flashy chest­nut in­clud­ing four Group or Grade 1’s on both sides of the At­lantic.

Home Of The Brave’s fi­nal north­ern hemi­sphere outing came at ‘the horse rac­ing Olympics’ fin­ish­ing last of the 14 run­ners in Grade 1 Breeder’s Cup Mile run at Del Mar.

“Home Of The Brave has con­tin­ued to ac­cli­ma­tise well as we get closer to his first-up as­sign­ment in the Aurie’s Star,” Cummings said.

“While he’s had a solid pre­lim­i­nary foun­da­tion for this, he will no doubt show im­prove­ment through the run as he gets more ac­cus­tomed to how races un­fold here.

“As a racy and sharp style of horse, he should still show the speed re­quired to be com­pet­i­tive among these horses.”

Home Of The Brave boasts some com­pelling fig­ures to land the Aurie’s Star, not least, his deadly first-up record of four wins and a sec­ond from six ‘fresh’ ap­pear­ances.

He is equally adept on good or soft tracks and has been tunedup for the race with a cou­ple of out­stand­ing tri­als with Hugh Bow­man rid­ing both times.

Home Of The Brave was given a rea­son­ably solid test when win­ning his July 9 heat at Rose­hill by al­most 5-lens be­fore a more mea­sured ef­fort when 0.2-lens sec­ond to Siege Of Que­bec and head the likes of Show­time, Happy Clap­per and Sedanzer.

Mean­while at Rose­hill Gar­dens, Godol­phin’s stun­ning Lonhro son Plague Stone is out to add to­mor­row’s Listed ATC The Rose­bud (1100m) to his tally af­ter an em­phatic first-up win in the Pre­lude on July 21.

“Plague Stone has been bot­tled up and held to­gether as we pro­ceed sec­ond-up to the Rose­bud,” Cummings re­ported.

“He con­tin­ues to look very sharp since his strong win over five fur­longs a few weeks ago and looks set to let down strongly yet again in what looks an­other suit­able race early on his cam­paign.”

Plague Stone.

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