History on the cards for impressive Brave Kid
Brave Kid wasn't able to win his seventh race for the season in the Hong Kong Derby last time out, but a switch back to 1,600m in the Group Two Chairman's Trophy looks made to order for him to make history today.
It has been well-documented that no horse has won seven races in a single season, but the John Size-trained Brave Kid (Douglas Whyte) made it to six so quickly that he has left himself in the ideal spot to take that one extra step.
The difficulty in the task is that, now that he has won his way to a rating of 112, there are no soft touches for Brave Kid, but at least he still has time and a few opportunities left to take the record.
It didn't happen in the Derby over 2,000m, but Brave Kid was a determined third to Super Satin, still issuing a proper challenge inside the 200m despite taking something out of himself in the muddling tempo by overracing.
There is no question of his suitability at 1,600m and his draw in seven should see Whyte poised just behind whatever the speed provided by Beauty Flash (Matthew Chadwick), Sight Winner and Able One, who may revert to his forward-running role at 1,600m and is well drawn.
Whyte and Size have won the last two editions of the race with Armada and More Bountiful and it is those renewals of the Chairman's Trophy that also point the way to the four-year-olds being the ones to beat.
In many of its runnings, the Chairman's Trophy has been either on the same day as the Derby or in such close proximity that it wasn't a viable target but, when the Derby-standard four-year-olds have run in the race, they have been competitive.
In the past two years, the Derby and Chairman's Trophy have been sufficiently separated to attract 2008 Derby runner-up Jackpot Delight, who gave Armada a good scare coming back to the mile, and last year More Bountiful came back after fifth in the Derby to win this race.
So Beauty Flash, Brave Kid and Fair Trade (Brett Prebble) all command plenty of attention, but Brave Kid looks the best suited of them, with Beauty Flash finding himself conceding five pounds to all but Collection owing to his Group One win in the Classic Mile and Fair Trade having to deal with an awkward outside barrier.
Brave Kid has raced seven times for six wins and a third for a handsome pay cheque of: HK$5m