Greg Stewart is our winner for November with Brutal Power – he spoke to Richard about some of his racing experiences
Greg also told us about Brutal Power:
I purchased Brutal Power last year from Michael Moroney’s stable at Flemington. He was only lightly raced 6-year-old, having only had 10 starts for one win and four seconds.
I sent him to Lisa Whittle in Alice Springs where he ran 3rd at his first start, which showed promise. However, he suddenly took a disliking to the dirt, dust, flies and heat, to name a few reasons suggested for his poor performances.
So, after lengthy discussions about what to do, Lisa suggested sending Brutal Power to Gary and Nichole Searle and try him back on the grass. Gary and Nichole decided to take a 50% share and race the horse at Port Lincoln.
Once arriving at the seaside resort his attitude changed, his work improved and he started to race consistently. He ran second on the 12th November beaten .1 of a length (a head).
It was then we realised he did not like the whip and he seemed to get his head up when it was used, which cost him that race. Next start, with no whip use he won by a head. Gary, Nichole and their daughter Brianna Callanan have done a great job with him and full credit must go to them.
Brutal Power is by The Factor from an El Prado mare Oubliette who was imported from the USA. At the time of writing Brutal Power has now won 2 races from 24 starts with 6 seconds and 3 thirds.
Oubliette is also the dam of Adalita (by Congrats) who won $96,000, and Brutal Power’s full sister Tinny Bar Blue who is also trained by Searle Callanan racing but in different ownership.
The second dam is Miss Lenora (by Theatrical) who was a winner of five races including the Bewitch Stakes at Keenland. Her dam L’Attrayante (by Tyrant) who was the only horse to win both the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and the Irish 1000 Guineas, after moving to the USA, she won the E.P Taylor Stakes in Canada.
L’Attrayante left several stakes winners including Madeleine’s Dream a full sister to Miss Leonora who like her mother was able to win the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches.
Greg has been involved in racing for many years having horses with a number of trainers including Mick Whittle and Pat Barnes but now mostly with Lisa Whittle and the Searle Callanan stable. His best horse is undoubtedly Periduki (by Perugino) who won over $700,000 from 25 wins.
We wish Greg the best of luck with Brutal Power and his other horses.