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The Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau will don the classic royal blue silk colours of racing powerhouse Godolphin for his swansong run in the July Cup 2015 at Newmarket in England next month before his retirement to stud.
Godolphin has officially taken over ownership of the star I Am Invincible colt who was last seen running second as the beaten equal favourite in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot over the weekend.
Leading throughout with Craig Williams in the saddle the brave three-year-old, winner of the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) down the Flemington straight in Melbourne the run before, Brazen Beau was just pipped at the post by American galloper Undrafted ($14).
He is now set to have one final run before bowing out in the Group 1 July Cup (1207m) at Newmarket on July 11, after which the current dual Group 1 winner will stand at Darley’s Northwood Park for a service fee of $44,000 during his opening season as a sire.
In the Diamond Jubilee the colt, who is now the pre-post favourite in July Cup markets at bookmakers around the world, wore Ontrack Thoroughbreds’ yellow jockey silks.
While Waller will continue to train the galloper for his final race start, those colours will change to Godolphin’s royal blue as Brazen Beau looks to continue the good form of Australian horses in the July Cup in recent years.
Back in 2003 Choisir finished runner-up in the race to Oasis Dream after wins in the Golden Jubilee Stakes and King’s Stand Stakes in England that year.
A prodigy of Choisir in Starspanledbanner then completed the Golden Jubilee Stakes – July Cup double seven years later in 2010.
Darley purchased the very valuable stallion prospect Brazen Beau for a sum believed to be over $10 million last December, with the colt leased back to his original syndicate of owners.
That deal expired however after his Royal Ascot run.
Godolphin Australia head honcho Henry Plumptre said Brazen Beau was “magnificent in defeat” in the Diamond Jubliee and was keen to see the colt atone with a July Cup win for the punters to end a superb career on the track.
“We have spoken with Chris [Waller] and [Shiekh Mohammed’s bloodstock advisor] John Ferguson in England and it is felt that the July Cup is a good option for him after a courageous effort,” Plumptre told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“He is over there and, provided his post-race recovery goes to plan and it is not a rain-affected track at Newmarket, he will race in the July Cup.
“Chris feels he will get better with another couple of weeks on the training track over there.
“There is a theory that you might only get one run out of them when you go to England so close to the race but Choisir won both the King’s Stand and Golden Jubilee and then was second in the July Cup.
“Starspangledbanner won the Golden Jubilee and the July Cup and this horse was absolutely magnificent at Royal Ascot and deserves his chance to go out a winner.”
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