Chris Waller’s last start Champagne Classic winner Brazen Beau shoots for back-to-back Brisbane Group 2 wins this weekend as the top nominee for the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes 2014.
A key support race of Doomben 10,000 Day, this year’s $250,000 Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) attracted 17 two-year-olds at early entry stage today.
Leading the nominations is Waller’s Sydney-based I Am Invincible colt Brazen Beau who has won two of their three starts to date.
After two Sydney runs they travelled north to Queensland for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
There they made an immediate impact with a nice one and three quarter length victory over Looks Like The Cat in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben on May 10.
They return to the track, but go up to 1350m, this weekend then for the Sires’ Produce and are in line for a shot at the $500,000 Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 7 if they make an impact at Doomben.
The BRC Sires’ Produce is the logical 2014 JJ Atkins lead-up with claims for the upcoming Group 1 to go on the line.
Brazen Beau jumped to the top of JJ Atkins betting at a quote of around $3 following their Champagne success and will stay there at a firmer price if successful again on the weekend.
The next best in the JJ Atkins futures odds are then Champagne Classic runner-up Looks Like The Cat and in-form Victorian Pressing.
Local Tony Gollan-trained Husson colt Looks Like The Cat was well beaten by Brazen Beau last time out on the back of a win on debut at Eagle Farm, but gets the chance to turn the tables stepping out of more distance in the Sires.
Undefeated to date and sure to start near the top of the markets if accepted is then Mick Price’s son of Sebring Pressing who has won both their career starts at home at Caulfield.
The most recent of those was an all too easy three and a half length victory Over Petrology in the Listed Sky High Mt Dandenong Stakes (1200m) on May 3 when ridden by Brad Rawiller.
They get their chance at a Group victory to add to their imposing record then this weekend, Pressing a chance of backing up in JJ Atkins 2014 on Stradbroke Handicap Day also.
Other notable JJ Atkins-bound juveniles among the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations this year include Allan Denham’s Collate gelding Furbish who ran eighth in the Champagne when stepped down from a 1300m Eagle Farm win to the 1200m, last start Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic winner Aimee after their fifth straight win and the John O’Shea-trained Exceed And Excel maiden Careless.
Also in the mix for the weekend are the likes the Gai Waterhouse-trained Almalad who won at Gosford in December on debut, Ken Russell Memorial Classic runner-up Sagatona and Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes winner Time For War looking to atone for their 10th in the Champagne Classic.
See below for the full BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes 2014 nominations, the field due out on Wednesday.
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2014 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Nominations
Doomben Racecourse – 24/05/2014
|1||AIMEE||Noel J Doyle|
|3||BRAZEN BEAU||Chris Waller|
|7||HAVEN ANGEL||Jon Walk|
|8||HOLLYWOOD BARBIE||Matthew Dunn|
|9||LOOKS LIKE THE CAT||Tony Gollan|
|11||POWER DE TED||Helen Page|
|13||PUNTA NORTE||Robert Heathcote|
|17||TIME FOR WAR||Gerald Ryan|