Sydney’s Chris Waller has brought his Group 1 winning form from home to the Melbourne Cup Carnival celebrating back-to-back Coolmore Stud Stakes wins with his 2014 victory with Brazen Beau.
Waller prepared the first two over the line in the opening Group 1 on Victoria Derby Day with the now very valuable I Am Invincible colt Brazen Beau ($8.50) easily defeating long-priced stable mate Delectation ($51) to the line in the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m).
“He slayed them!” part-owner Tony Keating told the media post-win.
“He’s the champion colt in this country.”
Finishing off the Coolmore Stud Stakes trifecta in third was then a brave Kuro ($6.50), Joe Pride’s son of Denman suffering his first defeat in five starts.
Twelve months ago Waller took out the stallion-making Coolmore Stud Stakes with Zoustar who came off the back of the Golden Rose Stakes – Roman Consul Stakes double.
This year Brazen Beau had two lead-up runs into the Group 1, his second at elite level after a second behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained Almalad in Brisbane’s JJ Atkins over the mile during the winter.
The first was a fifth behind today’s beaten Coolmore Stud Stakes favourite Rich Enuff in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington, followed by his two length win in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
“I’ve purposely kept him under the radar the last week,” Roman said of Brazen Beau.
“It’s just magic.”
Ken Keys’ Caulfield Guineas runner-up Rich Enuff was one of the first out of the barriers today with the field soon splitting into two.
Also up on the speed was Eloping while Brazen Beau was kept just off the speed, working his way into the race in his own time.
Eloping held the lead throughout from Time For War and Rich Enuff, while Blue Diamond winning filly Earthquake was up on the pace in the other back with Rubick on the inside.
With 300m left to go Brazen Beau came with a barnstorming run and absolutely flew over the next 150m on the outside putting in an enormous run.
He was far too strong on the line then holding a good margin over the brave runner-up in an all-New South Wales top three finished off by Kuro who did well but couldn’t pick up enough pace to challenge Waller’s duo.
“I don’t think it mattered where he would have been (in the run),” Waller added.
“He had a tough draw and had to go back to get cover.
“He was exposed 500m from home as were many of them but he was strong on the line and a lot of the others weren’t.”
Waller’s second Roman Consul – Coolmore Stud Stakes double winner in as many years, Brazen Beau wasn’t fit enough for the Flemington straight first-up in the Danehill two back but was flying down it today after another ace ride from ‘The Magic Man’ Joao Moreira.
Winner of the two Group 1s at Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day last month, the Brazilian-bred, Hong Kong-based Moreira also rode Brazen Beau to victory in the Roman Consul Stakes.
He stuck with the up-and-comer today in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and was thrilled to get the job done for Waller and the connections in a huge pay day with a horse picked up for just $70,000 from the 2013 William Inglis and Son Classic Yearling Summer Sale.
“He’s a lovely horse and he’s done everything right today,” Moreira said.
“He couldn’t make my day any better.
“He jumps brilliant and we didn’t really want to be too close.
“Once I put him out in the clear he gave me everything he’s got and he got there easily.
“Good horses always do pull up nicely and quiet and he’s definitely one of them (a good horse).”
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2014 Coolmore Stud Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Flemington Race 4 – 01/11/2014
|1||2||BRAZEN BEAU||Chris Waller||Joao Moreira||–||15||56.5kg||$8|
|2||9||DELECTATION||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||1.25L||7||56.5kg||$51|
|3||8||KURO (NZ)||Joseph Pride||Blake Shinn||1.55L||16||56.5kg||$6.50|
|4||13||ARMADA||Peter G Moody||Ben Melham||5.3L||13||56.5kg||$151|
|5||12||HUSSON EAGLE||Patrick Payne||Brad Rawiller||5.4L||11||56.5kg||$101|
|6||15||ELOPING Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Stephen Baster||5.5L||12||54.5kg||$26|
|7||1||RICH ENUFF Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Ken Keys||Michael Rodd||6L||10||56.5kg||$2.90F|
|8||14||EARTHQUAKE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||6.2L||2||54.5kg||$9|
|9||3||SCISSOR KICK||Paul Messara||Craig Williams||7.7L||8||56.5kg||$12|
|10||6||GHIBELLINES||John O’Shea||Steven Arnold||7.9L||6||56.5kg||$61|
|11||16||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||10.15L||14||54.5kg||$41|
|12||5||RUBICK||Gerald Ryan||Kerrin McEvoy||10.9L||1||56.5kg||$8.50|
|13||7||NOSTRADAMUS||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||11.65L||3||56.5kg||$26|
|14||4||TIME FOR WAR||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||12.4L||9||56.5kg||$51|
|15||10||GALAXY PEGASUS||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Nicholas Hall||19.4L||5||56.5kg||$41|
|16||11||INKLING||Peter & Paul Snowden||Mark Zahra||34.4L||4||56.5kg||$51|