Top hoop Nash Rawiller has declared the step up to a mile for Saturday’s JJ Atkins 2014 for race favourite Brazen Beau a non-issue and is looking forward to the ride on the youngster this Stradbroke Handicap Day.
Rawiller, who boasts eight Group 1 wins for the season already, is gearing up for a strong book of rides at Eagle Farm on the weekend including aboard the Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau in the $500,000 Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m).
In the pre-field JJ Atkins betting markets I Am Invincible colt Brazen Beau is already close to going in the red paying $2.20 to post their third win at career start number 4.
A $70,000 yearling buy from the 2013 William Inglis and Son Classic Sale Summer Book, Brazen Beau has won just under $200,000 in prize money to date.
They’re in line for a big $320,000 pay day if successful on the weekend though and return to winning form after going down as the beaten favourite last start.
Two back they broke through at Group level with their G2 Champagne Classic (1200m) victory at Doomben when pulling away for an impressive win in their first Brisbane start.
They jumped awkwardly in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) next run however missing the kick by about two lengths.
It was a massive late effort for Brazen Beau and Rawiller then as the two made up lots of ground and eventually finished just under a quarter length off the upset winner Time For War.
The Gerald Ryan-trained Time For War also backs up in Saturday’s JJ Atkins but Brazen Beau looks the one to beat as they get up to a mile, a distance Rawiller believes they’re capable of handling.
“I’ve got no issue with Brazen Beau at 1600m,” Rawiller told The Daily Telegraph.
“I think it is important I ride a good race on him.
“It is not going to be one of those races where I can ride him like he is the best horse — I need to ride him to get the mile.
“He’s very promising and feels to me like a Group 1 horse.
“I believe he is a horse that can go all the way in the spring.”
The horse’s most obvious spring target if all goes to plan will be the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on Saturday October 11.
Futures Caulfield Guineas betting is already open at bookies around the country, Brazen Beau narrow $10 favourite in the pre-nomination markets.
Rawiller’s other Group 1 rides for Waller on Saturday are then aboard another favourite with Vilanova backing up from a Grand Prix win to tackle the $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) and honest dual Group 1 winning mare Red Tracer taking them on in the $1.36 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).
The Japanese-bound Rawilller is in line for his fourth Group 1 jockey title in seven years with his strong tally already and more likely to come before the season’s out.
“When you are a kid growing up, you dream of being one of the top Group 1 jockeys,” Rawiller said.
“This season has been special to me as I haven’t had a More Joyous or a Pierro to win multiple Group 1 races for me.”
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