Brooklyn buzz won’t fade

There’s no available markets for February’s Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) but when they’re released it’s sure to have Brooklyn Hustle close to the top.

It’s been a couple of days since Jason Warren’s filly made a winning debut over 1000 metres at The Valley, overcoming a slow start from the inside barrier and rocketing through the field for an unlikely victory.

Tongues are still wagging, in part as there was something for everyone.

Her performance was aesthetically pleasing to casual observers while punters who scrutineer performances with a heavy reliance on the stopwatch are also impressed. Breeding buffs are instantly recognising the precociousness in her pedigree as well.

“It was a bit of a surprise she went that well, we didn’t expect to have a Blue Diamond favourite after Saturday, but that’s how it’s turned out,” Rosemont Stud’s boss Anthony Mithen told RSN’s Racing Pulse on Monday.

The stopwatch views Brooklyn Hustle’s win favourably. She ran the equal quickest final 600 metres of the meeting (33.16 seconds), sharing that honour with four-year-old mare Caribbean Pearl.

Five-year-old gelding Invincible Al, a regular sectional star, was the only horse on the day to have a quicker final 800 metres.

From a pedigree perspective, Brooklyn Hustle’s grand sire is 2001 Breeders Plate (1000m) winner Choisir whom also finished second in the Golden Slipper later that season.

Choisir’s sire was Danehill Dancer who won his first three starts as European juvenile in 1995, culminating in Group 1 National Stakes (1400m) success at the Curragh.

And Brooklyn Hustle’s sire is Starspangledbanner who also made a winning debut as a two-year-old at The Valley, scoring in the $250,000 Inglis Juvenile (1000m) on Cox Plate day in 2008. That race is now named in his honour as the Inglis Banner and is worth twice as much.

Starspangledbanner contested the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) second up from a spell at his third start and Brooklyn Hustle may follow an identical path.

“She will have a run (before the Blue Diamond), it might only be one but we’ll just sit down and work it out,” Warren said last Saturday. Mithen has since echoed those sentiments.

“I would have to benchmark her against Lee Freedman’s two-year-olds when I was working there, I’m not going to say she’s an Alinghi but she’s certainly better than anything I’ve had,” Warren added.

We may have to wait over two months for Brooklyn Hustle to reappear at the races, most likely in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) for fillies at Caulfield on February 9, but the sense of anticipation is unlikely to fade.

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