Thoughts on Brute Force

August 20, 2019

Brute Force will make his debut in the 3.00 at Kempton this afternoon. Rob Winston will be aboard in the one mile novice. The gelded son of Paco Boy was the victim of circumstances on his intended debut a few weeks ago at Windsor when an unruly horse had a knock effect that resulted in Brute Force becoming upset and withdrawn from the stalls having stood patiently for five minutes. 

It is unfortunate that for reasons related to betting incomes and media rights racecourses would rather that young, inexperienced horses ran at the end of evening cards when the light is getting poor and jockeys, officials and stalls handlers are reaching the end of a long day. With young inexperienced horses everyone needs to be right at the top of the game. One hopes that a solution can be found that has horses best interests at its heart, rather than the income of racecourses who have no interest in passing on the earnings that they make from media rights to horsemen and women. The BHA currently appear to be making big efforts to regulate further in several areas that they currently don’t. It is important that they don’t forget areas that they already have jurisdiction over. The horse must come first and the BHA need to act when horsemen and women raise concerns about safety. It is telling that one of their own officials, an experienced horseman himself said he didn’t feel it was his place raising what he agreed was a safety concern with his employer. This sort of attitude suggests that the BHA have some serious internal issues they need to look at, anyone should feel comfortable raising a safety concern in any situation to avoid potential accidents down the line.

To the event today, Brute Force will probably want a little bit further in due course, his mother won over a mile and a half on the flat before going on to a National Hunt Career. His sire Paco Boy was seen to best effect over 7-8 furlongs. The main aim for today is that he has a positive experience at the races that we can build on going forward.

It looks an interesting race for Brute Force to make his debut. Loving Glance is a nicely bred filly who sets the standard on recent form having finished second twice. However, Mostawaa looked a useful type when winning well at Newmarket last November, clearly things haven’t been straight forward since then but should he return fully fit and retain all that ability he would be the one to beat. Happy Face has been placed twice but needs to find a bit to compete with Loving Glance. Albadr is the most interesting horse of the lightly raced horses, the form of his debut is muddling as the pace was slow, that was some time ago and he has been gelded since he his half brother to a couple of useful horses and his sire was effective in California on synthetic surfaces.

Brute Force is owned by A.C. Entertainment Technologies and was bred by Kate Hills he will be led up by Andy Williams who rides him out everyday and will be overseen by Travelling Manager Shaun Johnson at the races.

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