Brave Smash Overview
The Sunday Silence sire line is one of the most powerful in the world and has been added to the 2019 Aquis Farm stallion roster with the addition of the dual Gr.1 winning sprinter Brave Smash (Jpn).
Purchased from Japan as a tried horse by Australian Bloodstock in 2017, Brave Smash arrived with the reputation of being a serious sprinter and quickly made his mark finishing third in the inaugural $10million the Everest behind Redzel and Vega Magic.
He competed consistently at the top level winning the Gr.1 MRC Futurity Stakes (WFA 1400m), defeating Tosen Stardom, Showtime and Humidor before recording the quickest ever time by a male in the Gr.1 MVRC Manikato Stakes (WFA 1200m), a quicker time than Chautauqua, Redoute’s Choice, Lankan Rupee, Buffering and Sepoy.
Brave Smash also gained further Gr.1 placings in the VRC Newmarket Handicap (twice), MVRC AJ Moir Stakes and MRC CF Orr Stakes, retiring with 19 top three placed efforts from 34 starts and over $3.5 million in earnings.
The best offspring of Tosen Phantom, Brave Smash is a grand-son of legendary sire Sunday Silence from the female family of Japanese Champions and Gr.1 winners Daiwa Scarlet, Daiwa Major and Vermilion.
Brave Smash Pedigree
|TOSEN PHANTOM (JPN)|
|NEO UNIVERSE (JPN)|
|SUNDAY SILENCE |
|POINTED PATH |
|BIRTHDAY ROSE (JPN)|
|TONY BIN |
|ELIZABETH ROSE |
|TOSEN SMASH (JPN)|
|TOKAI TEIO (JPN)|
|SYMBOLI RUDOLF |
|TOKAI NATURAL |
|ANNUS MIRABILIS (JPN)|
|REAL SHADAI |
|SCARLET BLUE |
Brave Smash BR News
Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint Could See An Invincible FinishThu, 28 Mar 2019
With this Saturday's Dubai World Cup meeting a highlight on the international racing calendar, the team at Yarraman Park Stud are sure to be up late watching the meeting with their sire I Am Invincible set to be represented by three individual runners in the USD $2 million Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint over 1200m on the turf track. The Australian-trained Illustrious Lad, fifth in the same race 12 months prior is joined by Gr1-winning mare Viddora and the Hong Kong-trained, but Australian-bred Wishful Thinker, drawing barriers 11, 12 and 13 respectively. The Peter Gelagotis-trained Illustrious Lad, a last start fifth behind Nature Strip, hasn't won since December, but his fifth behind Jungle Cat in last year's Al Quoz would see him capable of a very similar run this year. Outstanding, dual Gr1-winning sprinting mare Viddora from the stable of Lloyd Kennewell was a winner of the Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley four starts back where she defeated the Japanese-bred, but Australian-raced, Brave Smash, who she will battle against on Saturday night in the Al Quoz Sprint (see below item). The other son of I Am Invincible set for the race is the Richard Gibson-trained 5YO Wishful Thinker, a winner of three of his last four starts in Hong Kong including his most recent effort where he defeated the former Australian raced Gunnison, a winner of the Gr2 Todman Stakes.
Brave Smash Work Puts Him In Al Quoz PictureThu, 28 Mar 2019
Meanwhile, Manikato Stakes winner Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom-Tosen Smash, by Tokai Teio) will also take his place in the Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint against the three Australian bred I Am Invincible horses (Viddora, Illustrious Lad, and Wishful Thinker). Trained by Kris Lees, the Japan-bred Brave Smash's last start was in the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap where he ran third to Sunlight (Zoustar) and Osborne Bulls (Street Cry) – see below. Brave Smash began his racing career in Japan where he was a Listed winner over 1600m, before arriving in Australia in 2017. Kept to sprint distances in Australia, Brave Smash has been consistent, and he arrives in Dubai as a strong chance against a top class international field. According to racenet, Mystic Journey's jockey Antony Darmanin gave Brave Smash a solid work-out for the stable which drew rave reviews from onlookers.
No Hong Kong For Australian Sprinting DuoTue, 26 Mar 2019
An interim agreement regarding the quarantine rules between Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and Hong Kong authorities will prevent star sprinters Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom-Tosen Smash, by Tokai Teio) and Viddora (I Am Invincible-Snow Flight, by Colombia) from travelling to and racing in Hong Kong after their Dubai assignment on Saturday, reports racenet.com.au. The Gr1-winning pair are both entered for the Gr1 Al Quoz Spring (1200m) at Meydan on Saturday, and were nominated for the Gr1 Chaiman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) in Hong Kong at the end of April. A long standing dispute surrounding the new Conghua racing and training centre in China, which will affect Australian horses heading to the Asian racing jurisdiction, has only been temporarily resolved, meaning Australian horses can travel to Hong Kong only as long as they return directly to Australia. No arrangement has yet been made for horses travelling to Hong Kong from elsewhere to then return to Australia.
Brave Smash (pic: Mark Gatt)
The Autumn Sun Nominated For Hong Kong Gr1sFri, 22 Mar 2019
A recently announced change to Australian and Hong Kong quarentine regulations (reported here) has had the desired effect, with a significant number of Australian gallopers possible runners at Sha Tin’s Champions Day on 28 April. Champion 3YO Colt-elect The Autumn Sun is among a cohort of serious horses nominated by local trainers. The son of Redoute’s Choice, who is odds-on for Saturday’s Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), has been nominated for the Gr1 QE II Cup (2000m) and Gr1 Champions Mile (1600m). Also put forward for the QE II Cup are So Si Bon, Harlem and Extra Brut, while punters.com reports, “Fundamentalist, Le Romain, Shoals and So Si Bon have been nominated for the Champions Mile”. Australia’s ultra competitive sprint sector has seen key nominations made for the Gr1 Chairman’s Sprint (1200m), among them Brave Smash, In Her Time, Pierata, Santa Ana Lane, Shoals and Viddora.
Brave Smash is among nominees for HK's Gr1 Chairman's Sprint (pic: Mark Gatt)
Sunlight Wins Gr1 Newmarket HandicapMon, 11 Mar 2019
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On a magnificent day of racing at Flemington in Melbourne, Widden Stud stallion and former 3YO champion Australian sprinter Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute's Choice) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO filly Sunlight (Zoustar-Solar Charged, by Charge Forward) scored an all-the-way 0.8- length victory for trainer Tony McEvoy in the $1,250,000 Gr1 Newmarket Hcp (1200m), defeating 5YO gelding Osborne Bulls & 6YO entire Brave Smash. Ridden for the first time in a race by McEvoy’s newly imported (from Singapore) Adelaide stable jockey Barend Vorster, Sunlight cruised through the first three-quarters of the long straight sprint before kicking strongly under a driving ride by Vorster. Run of the race was favourite Osborne Bulls who came from practically last with an eye-popping finish to just be denied, with Brave Smash very brave in third. A $300,000 yearling at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, Sunlight’s latest dazzling performance improved her record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes, Gr3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes, Gr3 Quezette Stakes, Gr3 Magic Night Stakes & Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 Lightning Stakes, Gr1 Golden Slipper & Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes) from 14 starts for $3,824,950 in earnings.
Sunlight raised the bar again (pic: Mark Gatt)
Headstrong Slingshot An All-Star Sitting ShotFri, 8 Mar 2019
Just over a week out from the inaugural running of the $5 million All-Star Mile, the obvious two picks, as one ruminates, appear to be Alizee and Mystic Journey in a lopsided affair that boasts disparate bookends of genuine Gr1 milers and good quality Saturday metrop horses. Alizee is a bona-fide star, however her Futurity win was a little too close for comfort with a wall of horses, including the luckless Brave Smash, right on her hammer. It's impossibe to knock Mystic Journey, who may well – all due respect to the mainland 3YO fillies – turn out to be the best of Australia's sophomore females. At $11 is one of Australia's most gifted young gallopers, albeit one of the most head-strong, who likes to shoot to the lead. In some respects, Lindsay Park's training trio of David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig are damned if they do and damned if they don't with Hawkshot who they received when Darren Weir was suspended. The son of Fiorente has been allowed to stride to the front in his last two starts, but if he does that in the All-Star he'll likely be a sitting shot 100m from home down the long Flemington straight at weight-for-age. The problem with him is that he just wants to roll forward, and gets his head up and reefs if not allowed to. The dilemma is Hawkshot probably can't win if he leads but could still place; if held up, and resentful of the restraint, he might not place, but equally he could win if produced late by getting a cuddle and cart into the business end just behind either Mystic Journey or Alizee. If wishes were horses beggars would ride, but here's wishing the Hawk gets his chance to swoop.
Trapeze Artist Heads Gr1 Canterbury Stakes NomsTue, 5 Mar 2019
With three Gr1 victories already to his record (see below), the Gerald Ryan-trained Trapeze Artist, a son of Arrowfield Stud's Champion Sire Snitzel, is currently one of 12 nominations for Saturday's Gr1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) to be run at Royal Randwick. Fourth behind Alizee in the Gr2 Expressway Stakes on February 2, the 4YO has since had two barrier trials, winning on both occasions highlighted by an impressive four and three-quarter length romp on March 1. A possible Royal Ascot contender in June, victory on Saturday will only add further gloss to his appeal as a stallion prospect once he retires from racing. In what is sure to be an outstanding race, fellow nominations include Gr1 winners Brave Smash and Le Romain for Kris Lees, Shoals for Anthony Freedman, Godolphin's Kementari, while the Gr1 Beneteau mare Prompt Response is now in the Chris Waller stable, having had a change of ownership led by Widden Stud.
Hartnell First Emergency For All-Star MileMon, 25 Feb 2019
Godolphin’s quadruple Gr1 winner is the first emergency among six announced by Racing Victoria for next month’s All-Star Mile, reports punters.com. The emergencies are calculated in order of prizemoney earned to date (highest to lowest) of the top earning runners that weren’t among the Top 10 most voted-for horses. The current pecking order behind Hartnell is: Almandin, Rekindling, Le Romain, Brave Smash and Redkirk Warrior. The word ‘current’ is important because there are a few caveats. Should one or more of the current six emergencies earn one or more of the remaining three Wild Cards for the $5 million feature, then (up to) the next three horses beneath the current six emergencies would move up to fill the vacated emergency slots. But wait, there’s more: any additional prizemoney earned in the interim by the current six emergencies or horses beneath them could lead to a reshuffle of emergency positions.
Hartnell (pic: Steve Hart)
Leading Horses On The Move From Weir StableMon, 4 Feb 2019
Despite Darren Weir’s and Jarron McLean’s Show Cause hearings with Victorian Stewards adjourned until Monday, AAP reports that several high profile racehorses are set to move to other stables. Among the leading autumn contenders mentioned is boom sprinter Nature Strip, scratched from Saturday’s Caulfield clash with Written By, who is expected to be transferred to Chris Waller. Brave Smash will reportedly head to Kris Lees, Extra Brut to Ciaron Maher Racing, and Amphitrite to Lindsay Park. Trap For Fools, trained by Jarrod McLean, will be trained henceforth by Robert Hickmott.
Nature Strip is expected to be transferred to Chris Waller (pic: Mark Gatt)
Significant Australian Dubai NominationsWed, 30 Jan 2019
Based on nomination numbers, AAP reports 18 horses still remain in play for the lucrative Dubai World Cup meeting, with nine of them boasting credentials as Gr1 winners. The entries relate to a quartet of Gr1 events, plus a single Gr2 race. Following what has already been a tried and true path for Australian entries, the 1200m Al Quoz Sprint (won by Ortensia and Buffering) is key amongst the targeted nominations. Santa Ana Lane, Brave Smash, Viddora and Voodoo Lad are Gr1 winners whose connections will fancy their chances, although the younger brigade includes rising stars Lean Mean Machine and Osborne Bulls among some of the other possibles.A performer in last year’s race, where he finished fifth, Illustrious Lad could be back for another shot. With $49 million in total purses on offer and the chance for international recognition, the Dubai World Cup meeting is a massive drawcard, particularly for what it might do to a pedigree page of future broodmares; appropriately, the Gr1 Dubai Turf (1800m) has attracted some choice Gr1-performed females, including Oohood, Shillelagh and Aloisia.
Shillelagh has been nominated for the Gr1 Dubai Turf (pic: Mark Gatt)
Waller Heads Australian Dubai EntriesFri, 30 Nov 2018
The Meydan Group has released the list of horses accepted for the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival which commences on 3 January, 2019 at Meydan Racecourse. The list comprises 202 horses from 17 countries. Australian trainers have nominated 26 horses. The Chris Waller stable has the largest number of horses nominated with 15, followed by David Hayes with 8, Darren Weir 2, and Peter Gelagotis 1. The Australian contingent includes Gr1 winners Shillelagh and Comin' Through (Chris Waller), and Brave Smash and Land Of Plenty (Darren Weir). The UAE season will by highlighted by the 24th running of the US$12 million Group 1 Dubai World Cup on Saturday, 30 March 2019. Click here to view the full list of accepted invitees.
Dual Gr1 winner Shillelagh could be Dubai bound (image: Mark Gatt)
Aquis Secures Brave SmashThu, 8 Nov 2018
Aquis Farm has secured recent Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) winner Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom-Tosen Smash, by Tokai Teio) to join its ever-growing stallion roster. The in-form 5YO Darren Weir trained sprinter, who also won the Gr1 Futurity Stakes earlier this year, has amassed more than $3.3 million in prize money and will line up in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington this Saturday. Aquis Farm CEO Shane McGrath said he was delighted to have secured the horse during a momentous week for the organisation having won the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) with Extra Brut and the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stud Stakes (1200m) with Sunlight. "He’s a genuine top class racehorse, multiple Group 1 winner of the Manikato and Futurity Stakes. He’s beaten the best sprinters in the land in his Group 1 wins, and only went down a small margin when second in the G1 Newmarket Handicap," said McGrath. "He is such a tough, consistent horse. He’s won in Japan as a 2YO and has consistently raced against, and beaten the best horses going around in Australia." Aquis Farm has joined forces with successful Queensland breeding operation Glenlogan Park in the ownership of Brave Smash.
Brave Smash Wins Gr1 Manikato StakesMon, 29 Oct 2018
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On Cox Plate eve at Moonee Valley in Melbourne, 5YO Japanese-bred entire Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom-Tosen Smash, by Tokai Teio) doubled down on a future stud career with his second top-flight Gr1 sprint success when landing the $1 million Manikato Stakes (1200m) by 0.2-lengths for trainer Darren Weir. Facing a field that included four entries from Aidan O’Brien’s global powerhouse stable Ballydoyle, Hugh Bowman and Brave Smash overpowered leader Spirit of Valour with 30 metres to go as a wall of horses went to the post. Kementari, scouting wide into the turn after getting well back, flashed home to deny Spright a placing, but the hard luck story of the race was former Magic Millions 2YO Classic heroine Houtzen. Getting back to her best form this prep, the I Am Invincible mare went for a gap in the last 50 metres that rapidly closed just when she looked a genuine winning chance. Jagged back by Ryan Maloney, Houtzen instead finished in sixth place. Brave Smash had blinkers added for Friday night, with Weir commenting, “The plan was to put the blinkers on in the Everest but Hughie (Bowman) said he probably didn’t need them, but he needed them tonight to get in the right spot.” Owned by a syndicate headed by Australian Bloodstock and Mt Hallowell Stud, Brave Smash improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Futurity Stakes & Listed Bendigo Bank Stakes) and 9 placings (also including the Gr1 Moir Stakes, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Gr1 C.F. Orr Stakes and 2017’s The Everest) from 28 starts for $3,437,686 in earnings.
Brave Smash pounces in the Manikato Stakes (pic: Mark Gatt)
Group 1 Manikato Stakes Field & BarriersWed, 24 Oct 2018
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The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1 million weight-for-age Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in Melbourne on Friday night. A capacity field of 14 has assembled for the race. Champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has accepted with four runners for the race, namley US Navy Flag, Spirit Of Valor, Intelligence Cross & Fleet Review. The current $4.40 TAB favourite is the Godolphin-owned Kementari, followed by the only 3YO in the race, Sunlight, at $4.60, then Houtzen at $8, Malaguerra at $9, and Brave Smash & Irish sprinter US Navy Flag at $9.50.
Latest Everest MarketThu, 4 Oct 2018
With all 12 slots now confirmed and locked away, the current TAB market for the $13 million Everest (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday week (13 October) is:
- Santa Ana Lane - $7
- Trapeze Artist - $7
- Vega Magic - $7
- In Her Time - $8
- Redzel - $8
- Shoals - $8
- US Navy Flag -$11
- Brave Smash - $13
- Graff - $13
- Viddora - $13
- Home Of The Brave - $15
- Le Romain - $21
Viddora Wins Gr1 Moir StakesTue, 2 Oct 2018
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At Moonee Valley in Melbourne on AFL Grand Final eve, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) celebrated an elite race success when 6YO Australian-bred mare Viddora (I Am Invincible-Snow Flight, by Colombia) scored by an effortless 1.3-lengths for trainer Lloyd Kennewell in the $500,000 Gr1 Moir Stks (1000m) for 3YO+ at weight-for-age, defeating 6YO horse Brave Smash & 5YO mare Spright. In making amends for finishing runner-up to She Will Reign in last year’s race renewal, Viddora burst into serious calculations for the lone remaining slot in The Everest with a sweeping run from mid-field. Purchased by her trainer Lloyd Kennewell for $40,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the draft of Riva Ridge Stud, Viddora’s impressive record improved to 9 wins (including Perth’s Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes, $1 million Magic Millions Snippets, Gr3 RN Irwin Stakes & Listed Lightning Stakes) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 Moir Stakes, Gr1 Ubet Classic, Gr3 RN Irwin Stakes, Listed SAJC Manihi Classic & Listed BRC Falvelon Handicap) from 27 starts for $2,400,180 earnings. “That’s my biggest moment in racing right there, right now,” Kennewell said after the Moir. That might change if Viddora gets invited to The Everest party.
Ball Of Muscle Wins Gr2 ShortsMon, 17 Sep 2018
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At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's world-class triple Gr1-winning shuttler Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a Group race success when 8YO Australian-bred gelding Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) scored a minor upset win when defying his opponents to run him down in the $200,000 Gr2 Shorts (1100m) for 3YO+, defeating Invincible Star & Brave Smash. Ball Of Muscle improved his record to 11 wins (including the Gr2 Magic Millions QTC Cup, Gr3 Heath 1100, Listed Absolut Stakes & Listed Takeover Target Stakes) and 14 placings (including the Gr1 Moir Stakes, Gr2 ATC Shorts, Gr2 Caulfield Sprint & Gr2 GCTC Victory Stakes) from 35 starts for $1,124,425 in earnings. Trainer Joe Pride said Ball Of Muscle wouldn’t be out of place in the Everest. “He's racing in career-best form and he would give a great sight,” Pride said. “I haven't had any contact about The Everest but who knows. Some of these other horses may or may not have performed at Randwick but this horse is extremely consistent. He's very fast and will give a sight.” From the grand producer and deceased former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore, Ball Of Muscle is a half-brother to Gr1 Darley Classic winner Terravista, Singapore Horse Of The Year and Hallmark Stud sire Super Easy, stakes winner Our Lukas, and a full brother to Gr1 Galaxy winner Tiger Tees.
Moir Still Plan for Nature StripFri, 14 Sep 2018
Trainer Darren Weir has confirmed that Everest bound sprinter Nature Strip will make his next appearance in the Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night, 28 September. The Australian Turf Club announced on Wednesday that it had secured the boom sprinter for the $13 million Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday 13 October. "It's been a good week with Nature Strip being confirmed to run in The Everest giving us two runners [the other being Brave Smash]," Weir told racenet. "Nature Strip will head to the Moir Stakes to keep things ticking over and I keep saying I don't have any doubt about him running 1200 metres in The Everest." Weir added: "We are yet to lock in a jockey. We will work that out after the Moir."
Brave Smash On Track for EverestFri, 14 Sep 2018
Australian Bloodstock managing director Jamie Lovett says he is expecting an improved second-up performance from Everest contender Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom-Tosen Smash, by Tokai Teio) in the Gr2 Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on Saturday. The Japanese-bred sprinter lost no admirers when kicking off his Everest campaign with a close-up third (beaten just 1.1 lengths) behind Ball Of Muscle in the Gr3 The Heath (1100m) at Caulfield two weeks ago. Brave Smash will represent slot-holder Chris Waller Racing (CWR) in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 13 October. "He is a horse that isn't getting a lot of airtime when it comes to discussions around the Everest but I do think his $22 in the Everest is overs," Lovett told Sky Sports Radio. "If he runs a good race on Saturday then he will certainly put his hand up to say the is a genuine chance in the Everest." Lovett added: "We were thrilled with his first-up run [in The Heath]. He obviously didn't have the screws tightened for that run but he has really come on from that. I don't expect him to beat Redzel over 1100 metres, but I would be disappointed if he doesn't finish a length or two off them."
Ball Of Muscle Wins Gr3 Heath 1100Mon, 3 Sep 2018
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At Caulfield in Melbourne, Darley's world-class triple Gr1-winning shuttler Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a Group race success when 8YO Australian-bred gelding Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) joined the millionaires club when sprinting to a dominant front-running win in the $150,000 Gr3 Heath 1100 (1100m) for 4YO+, defeating Voodoo Lad & Brave Smash. Ball Of Muscle improved his record to 10 wins (including the Gr2 Magic Millions QTC Cup, Listed Absolut Stakes & Listed Takeover Target Stakes) and 14 placings (including the Gr1 Moir Stakes, Gr2 ATC Shorts, Gr2 Caulfield Sprint & Gr2 GCTC Victory Stakes) from 34 starts for $1,013075 in earnings. From the grand producer and deceased former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore, Ball Of Muscle is a half-brother to Gr1 Darley Classic winner Terravista, Singapore Horse Of The Year and Hallmark Stud sire Super Easy, stakes winner Our Lukas, and a full brother to Gr1 Galaxy winner Tiger Tees.
Ball Of Muscle (image: Mark Gatt)