Brother’s Keeper will carry 60kg in Sunday’s Esperance Cup (2015m), but despite the magnitude of his task, trainer Tiarnna Robertson is confident he will run a big race.
Only Impact Rating (2009) with 61kg and Count Nikolai (1982), who lumped 60.5kg, have carried more weight to win the past 35 editions of the Esperance Cup.
Brother’s Keeper carried 60kg when a cracking second to Truly Gold in the Narrogin Cup (1900m) and is sure to strip fitter after racing first-up in nearly a month.
Brother’s Keeper has drawn ideally in barrier two and experienced hoop, Troy Turner, chasing his first success in the Esperance Cup, retains the ride.
Robertson downplayed Brother’s Keeper’s big weight and says the Casino Prince five-year-old has a big opportunity of posting a career-best win.
“He is a horse that can carry weight,” Robertson said.
“I can’t fault him and he has come through the Narrogin Cup really well.
“There looks to be a bit of speed in the race which will suit.
“He is fit and sound and I’m sure he can measure up.
“He doesn’t win out of turn, but is very consistent.
“I think he can run a cracking race.”
Brother’s Keeper has won and been placed six times from 13 starts since commencing his campaign in Kalgoorlie last August.
Robertson says he deserves to claim a country cup after seconds in the Toodyay Cup (1850m) and Narrogin Cup (1900m).
Brother’s Keeper can continue Robertson’s momentum after the sparkling win of stable star Fabergino at Ascot last weekend.
The gun sprinter just toyed with her opposition and bolted in by four lengths after knee surgery and an eight-month layoff.
“She pulled up really well and I couldn’t be happier with how sound she is,” Robertson said.
“She is having a few easy days in the paddock before I put a saddle on her.”