THOUGH HE failed to win a classic race, BRINKS regained form in time to claim runner-up spots in the 2000 Guineas and Jamaica Derby, plus a third-place run in the St Leger, to put his miserable early season performances behind him, again showing signs of the runner who promised much as a two-year-old.
Carmelo De Grazia
Tackling nine and a half furlongs in Saturday’s Winston ‘Fanna’ Griffiths Classic, BRINKS has the good fortune of conditions on his side – classic winners ruled out – meaning no derby-winner ATOMICA or 2000 Guineas and St Leger winner BLUE VINYL being around to flop his show.
Carmelo De Grazia Suárez
Sharing topweight 126lb with PERFECT BREW takes care of BRINKS’ old rival, who, though on a hat-trick, barely managed to outrun sprinter and stablemate POWER RANKING at seven and a half furlongs on last while carrying 117lb
Stepping up to challenge in-form BRINKS at level weight puts PERFECT BREW in a pickle similar to the 2000 Guineas when he was outclassed by BLUE VINYL and runner-up BRINKS, finishing a distant seventh. Though he has shown improvement since fitted with the figure eight and tongue tie in four subsequent races, PERFECT BREW has not crossed paths with classic company until now
With the remainder of the line-up reading like a classic-season third 11, BRINKS, who has worked extremely well, six furlongs in 1:14.4, should use his pace to run rivals into the ground. Trainer Ian Parsard must have gone easy with BRINKS in that workout. Prepping for the derby, BRINKS clocked 1:12.2 the previous Sunday
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