SPIRIT of Boom two-year-old The Brotherhood has made the perfect start to his racing career.
Coming off a good second in a Doomben trial, the colt ran right up to that promise, winning a 2YO (1000m) at the Sunshine Coast at his raceday debut on Sunday, January 12.
Ridden by apprentice Baylee Nothdurft, The Brotherhood, well supported to start $2.60 favourite, raced off the pace but chimed in halfway down the straight to win by a length.
Wayne "Bushy" Lawson, doing his best Stuart Kendrick impersonation in the post-race interview with the trainer at the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions sales, said he was a little bit surprised the horse was that far off the leader in the run.
He said "the other day he showed good speed in a trial in Brisbane".
"They had too much (early speed) for him today but he hit the line well, which was good."
Lawson said Nothdurft didn't panic early and helped the horse along.
"He's riding well the kid at the moment,'' he said.
"He's an apprentice but he's really riding like a senior and it makes a difference when they've got that confidence.
"Hopefully, he (The Brotherhood) can step up to city grade now. We'll just see how he pulls up and where we go from there."
The win was the first leg of a Sunday double for Kendrick Racing, also winning later with King Mombassa.
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