Brother Patrick faces Biggest Test by Julio Santarelli
Brother Patrick has answered all challenges in Kalgoorlie and now heads to Perth to confront his biggest test in the Perth-Best Place On Earth Handicap (1600m) at Belmont Park on Saturday.
The Dean Nazzari-trained galloper has won three of his four races in outstanding fashion and looms as a top local prospect for the Coolgardie and Boulder Cups later in the year.
The only occasion Brother Patrick has missed the money was an 11th placing to Revy Jay when a post-race veterinary examination revealed he had suffered cardiac arrhythmia.
Formerly prepared by Paul Messara in Scone, the five-year-old gelding is by Anabaa out of Sister Patricia who won the Boulder Cup in 1999.
“If we want to head towards the race round he will have to boost his current rating of 75 and that a key reason why he is racing in Perth,” said Nazzari.
“I also want to see how he will go against a better class of opposition after his recent performances at home.
“I think he is pretty handy but this will give me a clearer picture of how good he is.
“I’m confident he will acquit himself well and would be disappointed if he didn’t finish in the first three at least.”
Stable mate Bells Victory is also enjoying a purple-patch of form and holds a two point lead over Brother Patrick in Kalgoorlie Horse of the Year honours.
The Bel Esprit gelding has won three of his four races with his only failure a fourth placing behind Foryouandme when racing over 1600m for the first time.
Nazzari said stepping back to the mile in the Bob Turner Handicap on Sunday would pose no problem for Bells Victory.
“He raced wide throughout on that occasion and probably covered more than 2000m,” Nazzari said.
“He is going well and will be hard to beat.
“The journey is of no concern.”
Nazzari said he expected Inform to show further improvement in the Goldfields Toyota Maiden (1400m).
The son of Saxon ran on from near last to be placed third and four lengths from Point Of Return on May 20, his best performance in three career starts.