El Hermano Serves Brooks Well

It’s no surprise that Cambridge trainer Mark Brooks is a fan of the stock of the Cheval Stud-based sire El Hermano.

He continued his outstanding strike rate with the stock of the Pins stallion when El Pescado won on debut at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Brooks prepares the three-year-old for the gelding’s breeders and Cheval Stud principals Frank and Faye Drummond.

Their colours have also been carried to two recent wins by another highly-promising Brooks-trained son of El Hermano in El Tyson.

El Pescado had finished runner-up in a trial at Te Awamutu, but was largely ignored in the betting at Te Rapa and went out at odds of 12-1.

He settled well back in the running and was at the tail-end on the home turn before rider Matt Cameron got serious.

El Pescado weaved his way through the field and held a strong gallop to win going away by two and a-quarter lengths.

“I don’t think he will have much trouble in the next grade after a performance like that and I do think he will be better on top of the ground as well,” Brooks said.

“However I guess it will all depend on whether we still have him or not as I expect a few offers to roll in after the performance.”

His sire El Hermano was a $500,000 yearling, but was unraced due to an early injury.

He is a brother to the former outstanding performer El Segundo, who won four Group One races including the Cox Plate.

Brooks will long remember Saturday’s Waikato meeting as he also saddled the maiden steeplechase winner Jack Romanov.

The five-year-old produced the gamest of displays after being under hard riding from Richard Cully a round from home.

Jack Romanov answered his jockey’s call and rallied gamely to add a jumping win to his previous two flat successes.