Brave Kid 'up to the Derby'
Brave Kid will attempt to do the impossible and win seven races for the season, and he will do it in style in the Group One Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby without champion jockey Douglas Whyte.
The John Size-trained four-year-old has had a stunning rise up the ladder in his first preparation, from winning over 1,000m at his debut on November 29 to making it six from six yesterday just three months later and stepping up to 1,800m for the first time with 133 pounds on board.
Only the Size-trained Armada has previously gone unbeaten in six starts during his first preparation and no horse has won seven races in a single season, let alone in a row, so history is well and truly against Brave Kid when he takes on the classic on March 14. Whyte was doubtless mindful of all of that when he made his agonised decision last night to stick with the Caspar Fownes-trained Super Satin in the Derby.
'I can tell you that I have never had a more difficult decision to make between two rides and if anyone can get Brave Kid there for the Derby, it would be John Size,' said Whyte.
'Brave Kid has come so far so fast and everything that's been thrown at him, he has handled. I have no doubt he is up to the Derby.'
'The one thing that made up my mind is that Super Satin proved himself in the Derby Trial last time out against the same horses that we know will be lining up in the Derby. Brave Kid has come through a different group of horses on his way up the ratings and it's harder to get a guide, but there's no doubt he is going to be one of the big horses here.'
Size said Brave Kid had continued to progress every time he stepped out to race and had earned his place in the classic, winning the same race yesterday that launched Collection into the Derby as a hot favourite last year.
'He's fully qualified to be in the Derby so he'll be there,' he said.
Size had a good day at the office, landing a treble with Entrapment (Whyte), Brave Kid and Enriched (Zac Purton).