TALENTED Brazuca (AUS), bounced back from a rest with a pillar-to-post success in a Pinnacle Stakes over 1600m on the inside track at Turffontein Saturday.
The lightly-raced five-year-old entire was expected to be ring-rusty and drifted off the boards to 14-1 in the face of support for Shukamisa (5-2) and Romi’s Boy (4-1), but the race played into the hands of Brazuca’s jockey Donovan Mansour.
There was no pace on early and the jockeys who found themselves near the front after the jump were hesitating to make a move – all but Mansour, who explained: “Brazuca needed a good gallop to bring him on and I decided to let him stride, rather than fighting him, to make use of the opportunity. That’s the way he likes to race.”
Brazuca got away from the opposition and while his stride started shortening late, he had enough in reserve to stay on and win.
“He got tired at the end and shifted out, but he won well. This is exciting,” enthused Mansour, who has won on Brazuca three of four times he’d secured the mount.
Abashiri ran on late for second, ahead of Banner Hill.
Trainer Johan Janse Van Vuuren, whose runners have shown a welcome return to form this week, commented: “I told Donovan to make the pace himself if it proved to be necessary, and it worked here on the inside track.”
Janse Van Vuuren has earmarked November’s Charity Mile and the Victory Moon Handicap for Brazuca, who has won six of 18 starts for owners Jarryd and Laurence Wernars. He’s a son of Galileo’s freak star Teofilio and a mare by Choisir and was raised by Wall Street Thoroughbreds.