Sustained speed without breaking the clock saw Home Of The Brave outpoint a few Group 1 winners in the Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Punters Intel data shows Home Of The Brave ran consistent sectioals for almost the entire trip, just backing off a bit between the 600m and 400m, making it impossible for anything to run him down.
After establishing an early break the gelding ran 11.02 (1000m-800m), 11.94 (800m-600m), had a breather 12.08 (600m-400m) then 11.80 (400m-200m) and 11.93 home.
When you’re a couple in front and run the equal fastest last 200m of the race you don’t get beaten.
Whether he gains an Everest slot remains to be seen but there were plenty of eyes on the deposed favourite Trapeze Artist and the times say he ran a blinder.
Trapeze Artist clocked the equal fastest last 600m of the race in 35.36 (with Shillelagh) and he ran the fastest 600m-400m of 11.72 and 400m-200m of 11.54 before his condition gave out under the weight.
Epsom favourite D’Argento was also run off his feet by Home Of The Brave and his last 600m of 35.46 says he is warming up nicely for the mile.
It’s no surprise that Lean Mean Machine ran easily the fastest last 600m in the Run To The Rose (1200m) as he charged through the pack along the inside.
The colt clocked 36.47, one of only two horses to break 37 in the race, and his last 200m of 12.23 was more than half a second faster than any other.
Runner-up Graff should lose no admirers for the Golden Rose, he kept working out wide, covering 6.4m more than the winner, and was the only other to break 37 running 36.71. He was responsible for the fastest 400m-200m of 11.86.
Zousain had plenty of raps on him going into the race and finished fourth, he clearly either needed the run or really struggled in the ground.
He ran the third fastest last 600m of 37.04, second fastest 400m-200m of 11.92 before dropping right away with 12.90 home.
A pair of Star Thoroughbreds charges appear set for big springs. The first is Dealmaker who easily posted the best last 600m in the Stan Fox (1500m) of 36.45 and was the only runner to break 12 seconds between the 400m-200m (11.80).
The other is Noire who managed the fastest last 600m of the day in the Sheraco Stakes (1200m) of 35.15.
There’s win in the near future in Drachenfels if he can back up his eye-catching third in the 1400m benchamark race on Saturday. But you’d want him to draw a bit better and settle a little closer.
After running the slowest 1200m-1000m of 12.21 he conceded some 23m near the 800m and sped home in 35.73 for his last 600m, 11.60 (400m-200m) and the best last 200m of 12.08.
Fastest last 600m: Noire 35.15
Most ground covered (to win): Zourkhan +22.9m
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