A great card of racing yesterday at Flemington saw a mix between race fit gallopers and future spring contenders step out to do battle.
A great conundrum always presents itself at this time of year, when the A grade runners return from a spell. The big question is, how wound up are they?
Punters around the country will dissect trials and jump outs and will be quick to tell you “Did you see it’s trial? This thing is flying!”
But can you really beat race fitness?
Champion Trainer Darren Wier took out races 5,6,7,8 with horses either 3rd up or deeper into a preparation. Every other winner at Flemington was having at least their second run back from a spell.
Taking all this information into account, our horse to follow from Flemington comes out of Race 7. Home Of The Brave set out at a decent clip making the running in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star down the famous Flemington straight. The winner Voodoo Lad was perfectly ridden by 7 time Scobie Breasley winner Damien Oliver who sat last in the small field of 7. Oliver judged the speed of the race perfectly and peeled out at the right time to reel in Home Of The Brave in the last 100m.
Home Of The Brave was having his first start in Australia for team Godolphin, and although having 2 impressive trials leading into yesterday’s race, the son of Starspangledbanner just lacked that race fitness to put the race away. We believe this race will bring the import on in leaps and bounds and will be better suited next start if stretched out to1400m.