MUZI Yeni, encouraged by the way Running Brave (35-1) cantered to the start, rode a confident race on Paul Matchett’s high-class filly to win a strong renewal of the KZN Breeders Mile at Greyville on Sunday from a hard-trying Nexus. Missisippi Burning held Ronnie’s Candy out of third.
Yeni told: “Running Brave wasn’t herself last time (after a rest in the Gr1 Empress Club Stakes), but she was on her toes in the parade ring today and on the way down I thought, ‘this is the filly I know!”
Yeni thanked the starter and said: “She needs to be handy, up there on a quick pace and he helped her to a good break.”
Running Brave shot swiftly into the lead and set a commanding gallop. She was travelling smoothly coming into the home bend – a few of her rivals already off the bit – and ran through well. Nexus looked dangerous at the 200m mark, but Running Brave found another kick and won going away.
“She’s like her name, brave,” he said. “When they came at her she controlled it. She won a courageous race.”
Fanie Bronkhorst, part-owner with Loedolf Neethling and assistant trainer to Matchett, said that Neethling would’ve “shouted his lungs out at home”. He thanked the Randjesfontein team and breeder Mick Goss and said: “Running Brave is all heart, she doesn’t give up.”
Running Brave, a R30,000 buy from the 2017 National Two-Year-Old Sale, is a four-year-old daughter of the under-rated Storm Cat stallion Brave Tin Soldier, who stands with Jill Fox at The Fort Stud. He has an open book for the 2020 season and looks a no-brainer at R5,000 a pop.
The filly herself has banked just a shade short of R1,4-million from 25 runs, with six wins and 13 places.