Australian-owned Home Of The Brave will attempt to go two places better than his great great grandsire Danehill when he contests next Saturday’s G1 2000 Guineas (1 mile) at Newmarket.
Home Of The Brave won the European Free Handicap over seven furlongs at Newmarket at his first start this year on April 15.
Danehill won the European Free Handicap in 1989 before finishing third to Nashwan in the 2000 Guineas.
His son Danehill Dancer sired the 2006 winner Misu Bond, Choisir (Danehill Dancer) sired the 2008 winner Stimulation and now Starspangledbanner (Choisir) with Home Of The Brave.
Trained at Newmarket by Hugo Palmer, Home Of The Brave races for Flemington Bloodstock Partnership, a group including David Moodie, Ash Hardwick, Michael Ramsden, Peter Raff and Frank Cotela.
Consigned by Etienne and Ann Drion at the 2013 Arqana Deauville yearling sale, Home Of The Brave was purchased for 80,000 euros by Troy Corstens and Justin Bahen.
“It was Damon Gabbedy, Arqana’s representative in Australia, that suggested we should go and have a look,” Corstens said.
“We went there not intending to buy. We probably looked at 150 horses and when we saw this colt we loved him.”
Corstens and Bahen were involved in the purchase of Starspangledbanner as a yearling and Corstens says there are similarities between him and Home Of The Brave.
“They both look the same, bright chestnut and lots of presence,” Corstens said.
“Home Of The Brave is possibly a little more athletic but they are both very similar, which is what attracted us to him.”
Corstens returned to Deauville last year, purchasing a colt by Pivotal which is in training with Palmer, and a filly by Fastnet Rock which is in France with Mikel Delzangles.
“To be honest we’ve found the costs of training on a par with here. The prize money is nowhere near as good however there are very good opportunities if you get the right horses and we think have found a good one.” Corstens said.
Mystiko is the last winner of the Free Handicap to go on to success in the Guineas in 1991.
A forward showing in the Guineas will see Home Of The Brave head on to the Royal meeting at Ascot in June.
“The Commonwealth Cup is a new race for three-year-olds and it looks perfect for him,” Corstens said.
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