Brave Smash (JPN) - More For Me
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I expected the Magic Millions National Sale to be a tough one. And that is how it turned out.
I was pleased to get all seven yearlings I had vetted through the clinical and x-ray checks. This was a first!!! On day one I had five weanlings I was keen to purchase with two going through the following day.
These five were all outstanding types out of good families from successful farms. I was confident I would get a couple but finished up with just the one colt, an outstanding individual by the multiple Group 1 winner and Everest placed Brave Smash (JPN).
I have been wary of the Japanese sires but Brave Smash fits a different profile to most. Firstly, he was a fast precocious 2yo winning twice. He was trained as a stayer as a young horse in Japan but once he came to Australia was eventually trained as a sprinter winning the Group 1 MVRC Manikato Stakes and MRC Futurity Stakes. He was also placed twice in Victoria's top sprint, The VRC Newmarket Stakes and was 3rd in the ATC Everest.
The weanlings I have seen by him look like sprinters with our colt as a good example. He has a terrific hindquarter and good shoulder. I love the way he walks. He is athletic and light on his feet. Twenty years ago, it would have been a good guess to say he was by Rory's Jester, one of our very best juvenile sires who appears in this colt's pedigree.
Our colt is out of a More Than Ready mare. There are not many better sires in the world than More Than Ready. He did it all as a sire and has already left a huge mark on our industry as a sire, sire of sires but I think more as a broodmare sire. He is currently 3rd on this season's Broodmare Sire's List with Bivouac being his best performer this season. He has been a top 10 broodmare sire for the past five seasons.
Our colt's dam, More For Me was a Melbourne metropolitan winner at two and was placed in the Listed Woodlands Stakes. This is the race Xtremetime won at Rosehill. She has had one winner from two to race but her second foal to race ran in the Listed Talindert Stakes and Adelaide Magic Millions 2yo Classic. These are high profile 2yo races so he must have displayed good ability.
The second dam is the Danehill stakes winning mare Langness with the third dam being the Champion sprinter Isca. She was an Australian Sprinter of the Year winning the VRC Lightning Stakes and Newmarket Handicaps. She was by the great juvenile sire and broodmare sire Rory's Jester. Interesting.
I love buying out of families where a Derby or Oaks horse is on the page. In this case, we have both an Oaks and Derby placed horses.
I will send the colt to Kris Lees to train. Kris trained Brave Smash and said he underestimated just how good a sprinter he was. Kris was thrilled when I called him to say I had purchased him this colt.
There is an awful lot to like about this colt.
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