BRAZEN Boy will try and live up to his massive boom on debut in the $140,000 Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) at Sandown on Saturday.
The Phillip Stokes-trained gelding had the twitter sphere talking when he blitzed rivals by 14 lengths in a 850m Morphettville trial which was described by racing.com presenter and former voice of SA racing Terry McAuliffe as the best trial he’d witnessed since Blue Diamond winner Miracles Of Life.
But Stokes has warned punters keen to jump in at the $2.40 on offer with tab.com.au.
“I’m certainly not spruiking his chances,’’ Stokes said.
“He’s obviously got a lot of talent. But he also thinks he knows it all and he really doesn’t.
“He’s settled in well over here and his work on Tuesday was pretty good.
“We were able to sit him in behind one, and I’d like him to be able to do that on Saturday but I’m not sure how Jamie (Kah) will be able to achieve that from barrier 12,’’ he said.
Brazen Boy is in battle for favouritism with another boom youngster Forbes, trained by Anthony and Sam Freedman.
“I think the Freedman horse is pretty smart,’’ Stokes added.
“I seen it jump out and it looked pretty good coming from off the speed.
“My bloke is a nice horse, but I’ve won this race twice before (with Lunaspur in 2003 and Freestyle in 2004) and I don’t think he’s a polished as they were at the same time,’ he said.
Brazen Boy will kick off a big day for Kah who will trying to continue her outstanding spring.
The star rider, who leads the Melbourne Premiership, has a brilliant book of rides.
She rides La Mexicana ($2.70 fav) in the Listed Twilight Glow Stakes, Shamino ($5.50) for Stokes in the Listed Clanbrooke Doveton Stakes, the Mike Moroney pair of Buffalo River ($3) in the Group 3 Sandown Stakes and Sound ($4.60) in the Group 2 Zipping Classic, while she’ll also partner Carif ($4.20) for Peter and Paul Snowden in the Listed Sandown Cup.
She also rides the Mark Kavanagh-trained Horrifying ($9.50) in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas and My Pendant in the Group 3 Summoned Stakes for Danny O’Brien.