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Blinkers for Brave Smash

Monday, 25th September 2017

The connections of Brave Smash are confident the former Japanese galloper is still a leading contender for The Everest despite his loss at Caulfield on Saturday. The Darren Weir-trained Brave Smash was sent out as the dominant $1.65 favourite in the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m) but was gunned down by the progressive Ciaron Maher-trained Bons Away. “I wasn’t really unhappy with the run. If you watch the run again, he didn’t have the kindest run and everyone saw that, but I think he is going to be a horse who will appreciate blinkers,” Australian Bloodstock’s Luke Murrell told ANZ Bloodstock News. “He got to the eventual winner and wanted to run with him and look at him after the post. He has almost stopped when the jockey eases up on him. That is his major issue, but we knew that going into the race on Saturday.” Murrell added: “He will have blinkers on and a properly run 1200 metres in The Everest, which will be right up his alley.” Brave Smash will represent slot holder the Australian Turf Club in the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October.

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