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Brutal answer from smart colt

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Written by Paul Vettise

Questions were asked of the boom colt Brutal (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) at Moonee Valley on Saturday and he responded with the most positive of answers. He kept his perfect record intact with a powerful performance, not a runaway victory but a quality one that has him on target for higher honours.

‘I really did like his last 50 metres when he flattened out and they don’t have to win by big margins,” said Wayne Hawkes, who trains the colt with his brother Michael and their father John. “It’s only his second start and it’s still all new to him.”

“It’s only his second start and it’s still all new to him.” - Wayne Hawkes, Trainer

Brutal hit the line strongly to win the Listed McMahon’s Dairy Mitchell S., at the expense of Tavisan (NZ) (Tavistock {NZ}) and the previously undefeated Leonardo Da Hinchi (Hinchinbrook). While his pedigree suggests he will cope with more ground, a decision has yet to be made on his immediate future.

Brutal two from two, winning the Listed McMahon's Dairy Mitchell S.

“I don’t know whether we keep him sprinting or stretch him out,” Hawkes said. “There really hasn’t been a plan after today. He’s a lovely horse who’s got a fair future. He’s a seriously good sort with plenty of upside and improvement to come.”

“He’s a seriously good sort with plenty of upside and improvement to come.” - Wayne Hawkes, Trainer

Brutal had won on debut with an effortless front-running effort at Caulfield, but rider Dwayne Dunn sat back in third spot on Saturday before nursing him around the home bend. “The other day he went down to the start like a bit of a lad, but today he was more professional,” he said.

“It’s all a matter of planning for the right race and that’s what John, Wayne and Michael do so well. I really liked the way this horse knuckled down late and savaged the line.”

Pedigree Notes

A half-brother to stakes winner Talaria (NZ) (Pins), O'Reilly colt Brutal was bred by Ruth Kerr-Taylor and her daughter Anne Storey and sold through Mapperley Stud’s Karaka 2017 draft for $220,000.

Dam Alberton Princess (NZ) (Golan {GB}) was purchased for $65,000 by Matamata trainer Gary Hennessy the year before Brutal’s sale. She has subsequently produced a colt by Ocean Park (NZ) (Thorn Park) and is currently in Australia where she will be served this season by Darley’s Ribchester (IRE) (Iffraaj {GB}).