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    Braun’s not Robinson Crusoe with his NRS beliefs Braun’s not Robinson Crusoe with his NRS beliefs

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    BEFORE you even say it, he knows the obvious “you didn’t have to put him in that race!” For Dean Braun, however, the issue... Braun’s not Robinson Crusoe with his NRS beliefs

    BEFORE you even say it, he knows the obvious “you didn’t have to put him in that race!”

    For Dean Braun, however, the issue goes beyond Saturday night’s Tabcorp Park Melton meeting.

    Discussing his prospects in the Four and Five-Year-Old Championship, the prominent horseman used the occasion to express his frustration with the National Rating System.

    Rest assured Braun isn’t Robinson Crusoe with his beliefs!

    In fact, during the past couple of years trainer after trainer after trainer have proclaimed their disapproval for the system.

    For Braun, Willie Go West is the perfect example.

    A ‘veteran’ of 17 starts, Willie Go West is engaged in the weekend’s Group Two, which includes recent Victoria Cup winner, Max Delight.

    “He’s still a baby as far as experience is concerned and shouldn’t be racing against Grand Circuit horses,” Braun said.

    “I understand Saturday is a race for four and five-year-olds, which for example, brings Max Delight into it, but I’m talking the bigger picture.

    “Willie Go West has won eight races, half of those as a three-year-old, but he has to race in open company instead of pretty much being an M0.

    “His national rating is 94 so there aren’t a lot of options to avoid the likes of Max Delight.

    “Horses like him are getting up in class too quickly and that’s why more than ever are being sold to America.”

    As for his Group Two hopes, Willie Go West has drawn to settle in a prominent position from barrier four.

    “I’ve made no secret of the fact I think he is a nice horse on the way up, but that’s the point…he’s on the way up,” Braun said.

    “He shouldn’t already be there, he should be working his way there still.

    “I’m happy with his draw and expect him to be more than competitive.”

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