Day At The Track

'Brave One' floors rivals at Charlton

11:34 AM 06 Mar 2015 NZDT
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Tony Peacock and Azumah Nelson

Promising harness racing performer Barimah is certainly living up to his name and namesake.

Successful at his five of his seven starts for trainer Tony Peacock, Barimah is the Ashanti word for ‘brave one’.

Furthermore, the pacer is named in honour of Ghanaian-born triple world champion, Azumah Nelson, who showed a tremendous amount of guts, ability and bravery in the ‘square ring’.

Nelson was given the title ‘Barimah’ by the Ashanti King at the height of his boxing career during the 1980s.

Close friends with the former pugilist, Peacock stated he was waiting until he found “the right horse” before using the name in honour of Nelson.

“I’ve used Azumah’s name in a couple of horses, but I was waiting for the right horse for this name,” Peacock said.

“Meaning brave one, Barimah is an important title given to Azumah by the Ashanti King.

“So with that in mind, I wanted to make sure any horse that carries this title had to have above-average ability.

“I’m not saying Barimah the pacer is a superstar, but he’s better than average and will win his races.”

Barimah continued his rise through the rankings with a stylish display at Charlton yesterday.

Driven by talented reinsman Damian Wilson, the son of Bettors Delight led throughout to score by three-and-a-half metres from Teixeira, with The Ole Buckaroo a short half-head away third.

“He’s done really well again,” Peacock said. “Once he got to the front I knew they were never going to run him down.

“He is still only lightly-assessed and should get through the grades pretty quickly.

“We will find out where is he at once he gets on a tougher mark, buy for now, he is doing a good job.”

Peacock has no short term plans for the four-year-old, with the Vicbred Super Series the main target later in the season.

“For now he will just keep working his way through the classes,” Peacock said. “I’ve got no doubt he is capable of winning a couple in town.

“Further down the track I will put him in a heat of the Sires’ and see how he measures up.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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