Japan 1-2 in Futurity Stakes 2018

Feb 24, 2018

Brave Smash led home a Japan-bred quinella when he triumphed in Saturday’s Group I Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Brave Smash finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Tosen Stardom in a result that also gave NSW-based syndicators Australian Bloodstock a Group I quinella.

Australian Bloodstock targeted The Everest with Brave Smash when he arrived in Australia last autumn. The stallion finished a length short of his goal race when third to Redzel but Brave Smash has shown he is better suited over 1400m and further in his last two runs.

Brave Smash was an unlucky third to Hartnell in the Group I CF Orr Stakes (1400m) on February 10. However, luck went his way on Saturday when jockey Craig Williams was able to drive Brave Smash ($4.80 fav) through a gap at the 100m.

Darren Weir, the trainer of the first two home, said getting Brave Smash and Tosen Stardom to win Group I races was a relief.

“It’s important that you get results with them. They are very well-bred horses and very well performed horses and you need to get the result on the board,” Weir said.

“Both horses have now done it. It’s a huge thrill but it’s a huge relief as well.”

Three-year-old Showtime ($7) led for most of the race before finishing third, a half-neck from the runner-up while the Weir-trained Humidor impressed with his strong-finishing fourth.

Weir said his three Futurity Stakes runners were likely to head to the Group II Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemingtonon March 17 before heading to Sydney for the Doncaster Mile in April.

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