A swift rise through the grades culminated in a first Black Type success for progressive stayer Sweet as Bro (4g High Chaparral x Successfilly, by Success Express), who captured the $263,000 Listed Kilmore Cup on Sunday.
The Leon Corstens trained four year-old did best in a thrilling tussle with Sistine Demon to win the 1600 metre feature by a half neck, his fourth win in just ten starts.
A last start winner at Moonee Valley, Sweet as Bro was entered in an easier race at the same venue on Friday night, but connections opted for the more lucrative option with happy results all round.
“I’ve got to thank the owners because I would have opted (for) Friday night,” he said. “I always like the easy way out.
“The owners said if we draw inside seven, we’re going to Kilmore. I said, ‘Whatever you want, doesn’t worry me.'”
Sweet as Bro was a $200,000 NZB Premier purchase for Spicer Thoroughbreds from the Windsor Park draft and has already returned the investment having won $207,590.
He is the best of four winners from Successfilly, a minor winner by Success Express (USA) from the family of Group I winner Cedarberg.
Sweet as Bro is the 52nd stakes-winner for High Chaparral, who has 25 yearlings entered for Inglis Premier starting on Sunday week.