Unbeaten Brave Kid proves he's ready to do battle over 2,000m
John Size's Brave Kid continues to stalk the Derby by the route less travelled, but the four -year-old's fifth win from as many runs ensured that he is about to slip more firmly onto the radar.
Going to 1,600m for the first time, Brave Kid enjoyed a soft run under Douglas Whyte before justifying his long odds-on quote to take him to the top of Class Two, and a place in the Derby field is now assured.
'I'll see how he pulls up from this but, if he's fine, he can run again over 1,800m on Gold Cup day, then into the Derby,' said Size. 'If for some reason he doesn't come out of this well enough to run again in 12 days, then he can go straight to the Derby. He travels very kindly in a race now after being a bit keen in his earlier races so he's heading in the right direction to run out 2,000m.'
Whyte has a firm line on the quality required for the classic crop, as he has been the regular partner of Super Satin, and was full of praise for Brave Kid but also sounded a caution.
'He is shutting down like he'll handle further and he has a perfect record, but he's also a first preparation horse. He has to step up in distance and he has to do it against proven, more-seasoned horses,' he said.
'He's come a long way fast at this stage but can't stop now and has to keep doing it. If the Derby was in June and John could back off him now then bring him on again later, I'd be confident he'd be the one to be on.'