NEWCASTLE thoroughbred owner Paul Davis hopes his wife Karen’s luck can rub off on Brave Smash when the Japanese import tries to beat the odds in The Everest (1200m) on Saturday at Randwick.
The couple are part-owners in the Darren Weir-trained five-year-old stallion which was brought Down Under by Hunter-based syndication company Australian Bloodstock (AB) with the aim of making the inaugural $10 million The Everest – the richest turf race in the world.
AB founders and directors Luke Murrell and Jamie Lovett are also part of the ownership group of Brave Smash, which has one win and two seconds in listed company in three runs since coming to Australia. The debut start was a close second to Everest $5 chance Vega Magic and helped Brave Smash secure the Australian Turf Club’s slot in Saturday’s feature.
Brave Smash was a $34 hope with TAB Fixed Odds on Thursday.
Paul Davis, a retired former COO of Peabody Energy, said he had been involved in the thoroughbred industry all his life and had owned many horses with his wife, who was listed as the stakeholder in Brave Smash.
He said they take turns in having horse ownership under their respective names and Karen was “well in front” when it came to who had the most success.
“She’s had pretty much all of the good ones. I get the slow ones,” he laughed. “But I don’t mind being second if we have good ones.”
Davis, a co-director of Kingston Bloodstock, was excited to be part of the first Everest, which was easily the biggest race he and Karen have had a runner in.
“It’s very different certainly from most of the races we’ve been in,” he said.
“It’s a lot of prizemoney and the first time this race is being run so this is a unique opportunity to be involved.
“When Luke first got onto the horse he indicated he had run some fast times over in Japan and that’s what brought our interest, particularly because he’s a stallion as well and that may bring value later on if he performs.
“If he runs up to his first run, he’s certainly got a chance. We hope so anyway.
“I’ll be there on Saturday to support Karen, I wouldn’t miss it.”
The couple also have an interest in the Matthew Smith-trained Touch Of Mink, which will race in the Reginald Allen Quality at Randwick.
Murrell said Brave Smash was an exciting prospect but he was not expecting an Everest win.
“Darren said there’s one or two little signs that he’s struggling to acclimatise, which can often happen,” Murrell said.
“I’m going there hoping he beats a couple home. If he doesn’t, he still wins $175,000 [for finishing last] and gives everyone a day out.
“We’ll put him in the paddock and start again.
“Damian Lane said he’s the fastest horse he’s ever ridden, he’s potentially a superstar. But he’s just trying to grow a winter coat at the moment, because they are about to have snow over in Japan, so his body’s taking a little time to catch up.”