Brawn's the one


September 22, 2017
BRAWN (Aaron Chatrie) capturing the Nigel B. Nunes Memorial Cup over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park earlier this year.

MORE than a few questions will be answered at the end of tomorrow's 10-furlong Governor General's Stakes in which BIGDADDYKOOL sits atop the handicaps with 57.0 kilos, renewing rivalry with WILL IN CHARGE, who used almost the same weight, 49.0 kilos, to beat him by a neck at the distance in last month's Prime Minister's Stakes.

Throw into the mix the fact that United States-bred BRAWN was a powerful winner at 1820 metres after finally discarding his wayward gate habit in the Nigel Nunes Memorial and returns with 51.0 kilos, dropping a whopping 14lb after clocking a fast 1:55.1 with 126lb.

At the handicaps, BRAWN sticks out like a sore thumb, receiving 14lb from BIGDADDYKOOL, who only beat him by a length-and-three-quarter at 1820 metres when giving him five pounds in April's Legal Light Trophy.

BRAWN's fate rests with what he does at the start of his races, never the sort with which to deposit total trust. However, he seems, for whatever reason, to get a cleaner break in his route races as opposed to the antics he keeps up whenever he leaves the gate down the backstretch.

A true pace is expected especially with WILL IN CHARGE in at 49.0 kilos, thereabouts, looking to stake his claim as a Superstakes aspirant. In the Prime Minister's Stakes, the four-year-old chestnut colt had things his way and was able to use his mile pace and light impost to speed away from topweight BIGDADDYKOOL and English import KALAMATA, who is even slower.


Should fight


However, with BIGDADDYKOOL's stablemate HOUDINI'S MAGIC having developed early pace this season and Wesley Henry preferring his mounts on the lead, WILL IN CHARGE, as light as he may be, won't have the luxury of being a lone speed this time around.

The closers, BIGDADDYKOOL and BRAWN are the horses who should fight out the finish. Both enjoy two turns and have looked well at exercise. The return of Panamanian Dick Cardenas to the island has apparently eased Linton Steadman out of the job aboard BIGDADDYKOOL, who takes a lot of riding especially whenever the pace quickens at the half-mile.

At 51.0 kilos, BRAWN must be one of the most tempting horses on the 10-race card. To be that light at a distance which he will relish, his main rival being 14lb heavier, cannot be ignored. Aaron Chatrie knows him like a book and had warmed him up extensively before he entered the gate for the Nigel Nunes.

A similar performance from BRAWN should take him home, fingers crossed.

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