Horses To Follow » Brookie


Brookie ran a really encouraging race on his racecourse debut to finish third in the first division of the two-mile maiden hurdle at Leopardstown on Monday. Settled in mid-division early on by Peter Carberry, his jumping was a little novicey, which was understandable, but he travelled well out of the back straight in a share of fifth place, about seven lengths behind the leaders. He came under a ride on landing over the second last, but he responded well. He picked up around the home turn to move into a clear fifth place. He had moved into third place by the time he got to the final flight and, a little awkward over that obstacle, he kept on well up the run-in to finish a clear third behind Brooklynn Glory and Pats Choice.

This was a really smart debut from Tony Martin’s horse. There was a lot to like about the attitude that he showed, about the strength with which he went to the line, and there is room for improvement in his jumping. He could improve significantly for this experience. He is really well-bred, a half-brother to top two-mile chaser Captain Guinness, and out of a half-sister to Jerrysback, and he should be winning his maiden hurdle soon before stepping up in grade. He is an exciting prospect.
Leopardstown, 7th March 2022