Brave by name and nature

Dec 21, 2012

He may not have been first across the line but there is no doubt that the aptly named True Brave deserved his Moonee Valley victory on Thursday night.

Awarded the race, a 1533m maiden, on protest, the lightly raced and promising four-year-old endured a tough run and was oh so game!

Settling well for Brad Rawiller, the son of Churchill Downs looked to be in a nice position behind the leaders on the fence but, after being shuffled back before the turn he ended back in second last position.

Making up ground to the turn, True Brave was baulked at the top of the straight and again late - both times by Green Roller, the initial winner.

But stewards decided that the race deservedly belonged to True Brave and so our lad was awarded his maiden victory.

Consistent in his lead-up runs, not always having the best of luck, True Brave has always shown good ability and he now looks ready to right on with it.

Bred by Max Smart and raced by him with Pat Walton, Peter Redden, John Ivill and Bill Miller, True Brave is a half brother to his stakes placed multiple city winning stable mate Winged Charm (pictured).

His dam True Charm - also bred by Smart, was a winner at Sale and she is a granddaughter of the Karrakatta Plate winner Cheeky Trot.