Chris Waller’s star colt and stallion prospect Brazen Beau who is off to stud after his next run has drawn the outside barrier in this weekend’s July Cup 2015 at Newmarket Racecourse but remains favourite for the English feature at bookmakers down under.
In Australia at Ladbrokes.com.au the dual Group 1 winning son of I Am Invincible pays $2.80, sitting top of the markets for the £500,000 Group 1 Darley July Cup run over six furlongs (1207m) in England on Sunday morning (Australian time).
Winner of the Coolmore Stud Stakes – Newmarket Handicap double in Melbourne during his final racing season at home, Brazen Beau made his international debut in the £525,000 Group 1 The Diamond Jubilee Stakes over the same distance as the July Cup back on June 20.
He ran a brave second to American-bred Undrafted in the Royal Ascot classic after having his chances hampered by the same wide barrier 15 of 15 alley he is drawn in again for the July Cup.
The July Cup will be the final time punters see the brilliant youngster race as he prepares to stand at Darley’s Northwood Park back in Australia for a first season service fee of $44,000.
Second favourite in the July Cup odds at $3.20 is Oasis Dream colt Muhaarar coming off a Royal Ascot win in the inaugural edition of the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup over the six furlongs from last month improving on an unplaced effort in France’s Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m) at Longchamp the run before.
Muhaarar has Paul Hanagan replacing Dane O’Neill, who instead rides the nicely-drawn Muthmir, in the saddle this weekend and has drawn well mid-field in barrier seven.
Brazen Beau meanwhile had Craig Williams aboard for his run at Royal Ascot but Williams comes off in favour of one of Godolphin’s retained English-based hoops James Doyle from the nasty draw.
Following the ace two three-year-old sprinters in the July Cup markets are then the William Haggas-trained Group 1 Kings’s Stand Stakes third placegetter Muthmir ($11) in barrier two and young chestnut filly Anthem Alexander ($13) who ran third to Muhaarar last time out with Pat Smullen retaining the ride from a nice gate five draw.
Waller has been thrilled with the progress of Brazen Beau leading into his swansong race since arriving at Newmarket at the start of the week.
He overlooked the final piece of work from the young star and was impressed with what he saw as Doyle put him through his paces on the undulating Newmarket course.
“I was happy with that. It was pretty standard work for him, we just let him quicken up over the last 400 metres,” Waller told the Sporting Life on Monday.
“He seems very well and his run at Ascot was very good and what I saw this morning, I was happy with what he achieved.
“It was really just maintenance work. We don’t need to improve him, we have just got to keep him happy and keep the speed in him. James seemed happy with him.
“The track here has more undulations than at Ascot so it is good for him to have a go on it.
“It’s a privilege being in here in England and we have been well looked after. It was great to get a taste of the action at Ascot but a success would be so much sweeter.”
Waller’s confidence is likely to have taken a blow however post-July Cup barrier draw after he said a nice gate was something they were banking on.
“We know we’ve got the horse good enough he just needs a good draw and luck in running,” the master Sydney-based horseman said.
“If he gets that, I’m sure he will be there at the finish.”
See below for the current July Cup 2015 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au who are across all the top races both locally in Australia and abroad.