Bréhat, a French import now prepared by Anthony Freedman, will continue towards next month’s Mornington Cup 2013 when they race for just the second time down under at Flemington on Saturday.
The Motivator stallion won three of their 13 starts in France under former jockey Elie Lellouche before being imported to Freedman late last year when purchased by Australian Bloodstock.
The five-year-old debuted for their new trainer at Morphettville on January 5 running a credible fourth when beaten three lengths by Hastein in a mile handicap on an extremely hot day and will race again this weekend making their Victorian debut in the $100,000 Craftsman Handicap (1720m).
Drawn on the rails with champion hoop Glen Boss to ride Brehat is rated a $10 chance in the latest bookmaker.com.au odds for Flemington Race 6 on Saturday, markets led by the 60kg top-weight Lord Of Brazil who won the Tony Beddison Cup at Moonee Valley in November.
Their best runs in France came when at 2100m and above so connections know that the 1720m on Saturday will still be a bit short for them to fire but that they are hoping they can improve on their effort at Adelaide.
“Even though it might look a little disappointing on paper, that he’s run fourth in a moderate race in Adelaide, it was a 44-degree day and he’s probably never seen heat like that,” Luke Murrell from Australian Bloodstock said.
“All this horse’s best form is at 2000, 2400 (metres).
“He’s got a terrific turn of foot but this sort of racing, at 1600 and 1700 like the weekend for example, it’s all a bit a new to him. There’s no doubt in our minds that he’s a good one, though.
“The horse’s style is to get back and run on – he’s got barrier one on Saturday and there’s not a lot of pace – so there are a few things against him this week and we won’t be disappointed if he gets beat, but we certainly think he will run really well.”
Saturday’s run is being used as a lead-up by Brehat for their new hometown cup with Freedman keen to race them in $350,000 Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) on Wednesday February 13.
The Mornington Cup winner is exempt from ballot for another very big cup clash that Brehat may target during the spring, the $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) in October.
“We think he could be a lightweight hope in a Caulfield Cup, so if he can get there through this exempt race at Mornington that would be great,” Murrell said.
“Obviously the Mornington Cup doesn’t fit in well for a lot of horses, but we’ve targeted it for a while.”
Australian Bloodstock could also be represented in this year’s Mornington Cup field by another galloper with the Kris Lees-trained Award Season also targeting the feature.
The in-form Dansili five-year-old has won their past two races on the trot backing up from a blistering 3.5 length effort over 1750m at Muswellbrook last month to win a Benchmark 75 over the mile and a half at Warwick Farm on January 5.
“There’s nothing as a perfect lead-up run for him so he’ll go around next Friday night at Canterbury,” Murrell said of Award Seaosn.
“That will give him some experience on the tighter turning tracks, but he’ll back 500 in distance, so it certainly won’t be ideally but it will be a lead up run into Mornington.”
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