Blue Army rising
Godolphin duo chasing black-type in two states
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.”