The aptly named and very gutsy Brave Tin Soldier filly Running Brave returned to the scene of her greatest triumph with a rousing end-to-end victory in Sunday’s R500 000 KZN Breeders Mile at Hollywoodbets Greyville.
The KZN Breeders topliner on their annual raceday, Muzi Yeni produced shades of his and the courageous filly’s 2019 Gr2 Gold Bracelet triumph, when he kept the powerful galloper going to withstand all challengers.
At the 200m, the Paul Matchett-trained Running Brave (35-1) kicked again and, despite drifting inwards, powered home to beat Nexus (47-20) by a length in a time of 97,72 secs.
Nexus had every chance under a left-handed drive by Richard Fourie, but just wasn’t good enough on the day.
The next two places were filled by Gr1 winners, as recent KZN Fillies Guineas victress Missisippi Burning (11-2) stayed on well for third, ahead of Gauteng challenger, Ronnie’s Candy (13-2).
Bred by Summerhill Stud, Running Brave is a daughter of The Fort Stud’s Brave Tin Soldier ( Storm Cat) out of the Jet Master mare Movingandgrooving and cost just R30 000 off the National 2yo Sale.
Running Brave has won 6 races with 10 places from 25 starts for stakes of R1 328 524.