‘Defies Logic': Brute Banner A Bolt From The Blue

IT is not lost on trainer Kim Mulrine that Brute Banner is in The Thunderbolt at Grafton but should really be in the midst of a distance campaign.

IT is not lost on trainer Kim Mulrine that Brute Banner is heading to Saturday night's final of the "sand scorching" The Thunderbolt (350m) at Grafton but should really be in the midst of a distance campaign.

Brute Banner, which utilised his rails draw to win a semi-final of The Thunderbolt (350m) on Sunday night, has drawn the rails for the $75,000-to-the-winner final.

"Yes," said Kim. "He's by Blue Moon Rising, a stayer, and out of a bitch by Dyna Double One who often sires strength.

"But, if you look at the progeny of Blue Moon Rising, he is getting sprinters."

The fact Blue Moon Rising was a 29.509 winner around Wentworth Park before a glamorous staying career, is not lost on breeders.

In recent weeks, Blue Moon Rising has been represented by the very fast Kangaroo Jack (WPK 29.56), and the littermates Boston Banner (WPK 29.50) and Sergis Banner (placed at WPK in 29.58).

Brute Banner winning his The Thunderbolt semi-final Picture Robert Brandolini

The latter pair are littermates to Brute Banner.

Bruce Wood and Glen McKinley bought Brute Banner and two others in a package deal just before the New Year from Barry Gibbons.

"The best thing about these dogs, and all of Barry's damline is that they are great chasers," said Kim who has been training for 43 years.

Brute Banner has started 24 times for 16 wins.

"Nothing fazes this dog," said Kim. "He is a great traveller and great chaser. He has his chance off box one."

Kim rates Dino Way, drawn perfectly in the eight, his biggest danger in the rich final.

"He was a big run in the semi-final behind Brute Banner," said Kim.

Dino Way won last year's Grafton Cup.

Kim said she and her family have their Collector (between Canberra and Goulburn) property for sale and all are planning on moving to Queensland once they find the right property.

Former group 1 winning stayer Blue Moon Rising

"I've been putting up with the cold down here for far too long," said Kim.

Kim's husband Andrew, daughter Catherine, son Patrick, daughter-in-law Rachael will make the move to Queensland.

"We are all looking forward to the move, probably to around the Churchable area," said Kim.

"And, with the new track (The Q) coming up out at Ipswich way, we are looking forward to relocating."

Of Brute Banner's future, Kim is unsure.

"Bruce (Wood, part-owner) has asked if we think he will get 500 metres," said Kim.

"At the moment, we have our fingers crossed for him to win The Thunderbolt on Saturday night."

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