Home Of The Brave Too Classy In Minstrel Stakes

Australian owned Starspangledbanner colt Home Of The Brave, bought from the 2013 ARQANA Deauville Yearling Sale, scored an exciting win overnight at The Curragh where he downed globe-trotting Group 1 winning sprinter Gordon Lord Byron to win the Group 3 Minstrel Stakes.

Group 3 placed and a winner from three starts at two, Home of the Brave has gone ahead this year winning first up in the Listed European Free Handicap at Newmarket before finishing sixth in the Group 1 English 2,000 Guineas to Gleneagles and then sixth again to Muhaarar in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

The Hugo Palmer trained-colt led throughout over the seven furlong trip for James Doyle and ran right away at the finish to win by three and a half lengths with Gordon Lord Byron, the horse that won the Group 1 ATC George Ryder Stakes in 2014, a brave second.

"Home Of The Brave is quite an immature horse which is why he was so lightly raced as a two-year-old,” said Hugo Palmer.

"I thought he would win but I didn´t think he would win like that. He is the second stakes winning son of Starspangledbanner, so we will try and work from here to upgrade his value as a stallion.

"The Hungerford Stakes is the next obvious target and the Prix Maurice De Gheest might be his Group 1 next year.”

With three wins and two placings from seven starts, Home Of The Brave has a bright future and is one of three European Group winners for fertility hampered Starspangledbanner, who stands at Rosemont Stud in Victoria.

He was an 80,000 euro purchase from the Deauville ARQANA Yearling Sale for Australian syndicate Flemington Bloodstock, which involves Justin Bahen and Troy Corstens, whose father Leon trained Starspangledbanner before his purchase by Coolmore.

Home Of The Brave is the first winner for Blissful Beat, an unraced half-sister by Beat Hollow to Group 3 winners Rashbag and Suggestive.

The current yearling from Blissful Beat, a colt by Exceed and Excel’s Group 1 winning son Excelebration will be offered at the 2015 ARQANA Yearling Sale next month as Lot 26.

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