It was the stuff of a cold break-up, jockey Craig Williams informed by a text message he would not be required to partner Chris Waller’s star colt Brazen Beau when the horse has his swansong race in the 2015 July Cup at England’s Newmarket Racecourse next month.
I Am Invincible colt Brazen Beau is set for retirement to the breeding barn at Darley’s Northwood Park but not before the $1.5 million earner and very valuable stallion prospect, his first season service fee set at $44,000, runs in the Group 1 July Cup (1207m) on July 11.
Winner of the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington in mid-March, Brazen Beau made his international debut last time out on June 20 at Royal Ascot.
With ace Australian hoop Craig Williams in the saddle the five-time winner finished a brave half-length away second behind America’s Undrafted in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m).
Williams however won’t retain the mount when Brazen Beau runs in the July Cup, connections opting to use one of owner Sheikh Mohammed’s retained jockeys, something the Aussie jockey only found out about on Saturday night.
“I got a text message saying that Sheikh Mohammed is going to use one of his retained jockeys in the July Cup,” Williams said on RSN’s Correct Weight.
“I was very grateful for the association that I had with the horse throughout his career when I was given the opportunity to ride him.
“He had the hopes of a nation on his shoulders (in the Diamond Jubilee) and the coverage and support was unbelievable and I felt disappointed that we couldn’t pull it off but he was so gallant and did a fantastic job.”
Williams currently leads Dwayne Dunn by one and Damien Oliver by two in the Victorian Jockey Premiership race this season after a treble at Flemington over the weekend took his record to 50 metro wins.
That lead could quickly dissipate however with Williams’ celebrations on Saturday cut short with a seven-meeting suspension.
“The championship isn’t going to be won and lost by this suspension,” Williams, who was staying positive, said.
“I’ll be back and have another seven meetings to compete at and they’re the ones that I have to make the most of now.”
Riders in line to pick up the Brazen Beau mount in the July Cup including Godolphin’s English-based hoops William Buick and James Doyle, as well as the operation’s retained Australian jockey James McDonald who is riding in the UK for a few weeks.
Sydney’s leading trainer Waller meanwhile will make the trip back to England next Sunday to look over the final steps of Brazen Beau’s July Cup preparation, the colt set to don the Godolphin blue for his final start.
“We stayed at Godolphin at Newmarket in the lead-up to Royal Ascot,” Waller told AAP.
“It is an amazing operation and he is doing very well.
“I’ll go back on Sunday for the final lead-up.”
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