He may have beaten home just one other runner when seventh in his first official trial of the season but the Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau caught the eye at Warwick Farm on Tuesday morning as the Royal Ascot-bound youngster kicked up his pre-season work.
Purchased by Darley Australia last month, Waller’s smart I Am Invincible colt Brazen Beau is set to target a Group 1 sprint double in Australia this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival before heading overseas to England mid-year.
A winner of four of his eight career starts to date, the three-year-old was a $70,000 bargain buy at the William Inglis and Son 2013 Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book.
He went on to have a stellar juvenile season that included a four and a half length win on debut at Canterbury 12 months ago, a Group 2 Champagne Classic victory at Doomben and a second in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained Almalad last June.
Brazen Beau returned in the spring for three more runs, two of which he won including his impressive one and a quarter length victory over Delectation in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Derby Day in early November.
Darley then purchased the valuable stallion prospect in December for an undisclosed eight-figure sum rumoured to be as high as $10 million that they’ll be looking to earn back this year on track and then in the breeding barn when he stands at Northwood Park Stud in Victoria.
The colt’s Tuesday morning trial at Warwick Farm this week saw Hugh Bowman ride him to a seventh behind Memorial in undoubtedly the top three-year-old hit-out of the morning.
Golden Slipper winning filly Mossfun caught the eye running second over the 808m jump-out run in the wet before the trials were called off due to the weather and deteriorating track conditions.
Coolmore Stud Stakes runner-up Delecation, also prepared by Waller, ran a length away third in the trial with the stable also saddling up 2015 Randwick Guineas hope Kermadec who ran fifth to impress jockey Blake Shinn.
Waller’s two other runners in the trial were then Brazen Beau and Preferment who were the two last home but still far from disgraced.
Brazen Beau showed good early pace but Bowman didn’t push the youngster who was given an early trial just to start getting some metres in his legs.
“He hates wet tracks, so I didn’t ask much of him,” Bowman said.
Autumn plans this Melbourne Festival of Racing for Brazen Beau are to run in the $500,000 Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) on February 21 at Flemington and then in the $1 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on Super Saturday, March 14.
2015 Newmarket Handicap nominations were taken by Racing Victoria yesterday with 57 sprinters entered for the Lexus-sponsored short distance classic.
Four of those represent four-time Sydney Trainers Premiership winner Waller whose other entries are Delecation, Boban and dual Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Falls.
After his autumn down under Brazen Beau will then be sent to England for the Royal Ascot Carnival where his swansong race before retirement will be in the King’s Stand Stakes during their summer.
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