Brave Smash Profile
The transformation of Brave Smash under the training of Darren Weir has been outstanding.
His sire is Tosen Phantom, a son of the outstanding Neo Universe, and from the famed Sunday Silence family.
After winning a two year old race over 1400m, Neo Universe became a star on the track and racing in some of Japan’s biggest races up to 3200m. He was good enough to win the Japanese 2000 Guineas over 2000m, the Japanese Derby over 2400m and place third in the Japanese St Leger over 3000m. He also ran fourth in a Japan Cup over 2400m.
Tosen Phantom won twice at 1600m and placed at 1800m, and his best performed progeny in Japan have been at 1600m.
Brave Smash's dam is Tosen Smash, a daughter of champion Tokai Teio, who only won once and that was over 1800m on dirt. Her sire Tokai Teio won the Japanese 2000 Guineas and Derby, the Japan Cup (defeating Australian star Naturalism) and the Arima Kinen, Japan's biggest race, over 2500m.
Brave Smash's pedigree doesn't scream sprinter yet he has emerged as a sprinting star in Australia.
In a 13 start career in Japan, Brave Smash raced once at 1200m (for fourth), once at 1400m (runner up in Group 3), won his maiden at 1500m, seven times contested 1600m races (winning one Listed race, three seconds, one third, one fourth), was unplaced in two 2000m starts and ran last in the Derby over 2400m. It would suggest that he would be best placed at 1600m with that level of performance.
Since arriving in the care of Darren Weir, Brave Smash has had ten starts – eight times at 1200m and twice at 1400m – with his only unplaced run being in the Group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley. He has won the Group 1 Futurity Stakes over 1400m and placed in races such as The Everest, CF Orr Stakes, Moir Stakes and Newmarket Handicap.
He has been redeveloped into an elite sprinter in Australia by Darren Weir and his team.