FILLIES don’t easily win five-in-a-row these days, but Horse Chestnut’s daughter Brave Move is five-straight after winning Saturday’s Highlands Stud Listed Ladies Mile over 1600m at Kenilworth, and 6 from 10 in a career fast gathering momentum.
The four-year-old from Adam Marcus’ stable has raced under the radar, making her way through the divisions, but she announced herself loudly by the manner in which she disposed of a decent field including Brett Crawford’s Gr1 Woolavington winner Lady Of The House and Joe Ramsden’s classy filly Call To Account.
“We’ve been patient with Brave Move, we’ve taken her from the lower merit rated handicaps and I think it was the right thing to do, because she’s built confidence with every win right into this Listed race, her best win yet,” said Adam Marcus.
The young Marcus agrees that runners who take steps up in class with so much ease are well above average and he commented: “She’s a lovely filly to train, she has a beautiful temperament.
“We decided not to take her to Durban this season to race against the big guns, rather to keep her in Cape Town. I think it will prove to be the right decision because she has grown in confidence and stature.”
Marcus and his father Basil selected and bought Brave Move from the National Two-Year-Old Sale in 2015 and he recalled: “We both liked her a lot. She’s not a particularly big filly, but something about her appealed to my Dad and I. We like to buy from James Armitage at Sandown Stud, we’ve had plenty of success with Sandown-breds, and this one was tailor-made for us.
“My dad is the biggest share holder, the others are in the Brave Bid syndicate comprising Yagan Nair and some of his friends who love love the game. Yagan has been in racing a while and he’s a good supporter of my yard.”
Brave Move will be racing again in a fortnight. She will be entered for the WFA Final Fling Stakes over 1800m and Marcus said: “Two weeks
between feature races is not ideal, but they’ve had to move races around to fit them in for the end of the season, so we’ll be racing her.
“After that we’ll give her a bit of a break ahead of the Cape Summer. Looking long-term, we’ll have to consider the major Gr1’s like the Paddock Stakes and the Majorca. But we’ll keep it step-by-step.”
Brave Bid has earned over R450,000 so far and that’s a figure that may well increase rapidly. We have a feeling she’s destined to play a role in next year’s fillies’ features.