Perfect Brew - Anthony Thomas
Perfect Brew - Anthony Thomas
KINGSTON, Jamaica - AFTER a promising start to his career last year as a two-year-old, the Richard Azan-conditioned Perfect Brew was expected to figure throughout the Classic races this season, but the bay gelding never lived up to expectations.
Perfect Brew, after his seventh-place finish in the 2000 Guineas over one mile (1,600m) on July 5, was reverted to the shorter-distance races. The Bern Identity offspring has hit top form and is now realising his true potential following back-to-back wins.
On Saturday (August 20), Perfect Brew, running with the tongue tie on, defeated his stablemate Power Ranking in a three-year-old and upwards (non-winners of three) event travelling 7½ furlongs (1,500m). Perfect Brew was registering his third win from 12 starts.
Ridden by Anthony Thomas, Perfect Brew sat just off the pace down the backstretch as he watched Power Ranking (Javaniel Patterson) blaze the trail ahead of GT Boy (Oneil Mullings) and Regal and Royal (Roger Hewitt).
Approaching the half-mile turn, as expected Power Ranking upped the tempo with Perfect Brew moving on the outside of Golden Wattle (Tevin Foster) in chase of the leader. Power Ranking came off the turn, still with the lead, and continued to battle gamely in deep stretch.
When all seemed lost inside the final furlong (200m), Thomas produced his mount and Perfect Brew responded well and nipped Power Ranking on the line for the win. Golden Wattle finished third, with final time recorded at 1:35.0.
Randy McLean, one of the part owners of Perfect Brew, said that he was pleased with the run.
“It was a good performance from Perfect Brew on Saturday. I mean, he is coming on nicely and he actually, I think, persevered in the end. We thought it was a good ride from the jockey as he handled himself well, and Perfect Brew is maturing nicely and we are pleased with the run.
“Well, he has won three races and he now goes to non-winners of four, and hopefully that he can win at that level and go on to Overnight Allowance company. I think he is an above-average runner; he is settling down and coming on nicely,” McLean said.

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