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Chris Waller’s superstar colt Brazen Beau failed to impress in his final career run when seventh in England’s July Cup 2015 over the weekend.
Dual Group 1 winner back in Australia, three-year-old I Am Invincible colt Brazen Beau bowed out of racing in the £500,000 Group 1 Darley July Cup (1207m) at Newmarket Racecourse on Sunday morning (Australian time).
It was his second run outside of Oz after he finished second in The Diamond Jubilee Stakes the run before at Royal Ascot last month.
Brazen Beau came through the Jubilee Stakes in good order and had impressed Waller throughout the week leading up to his final career run before retiring to stud at Darley’s Northwood Park back in Australia.
He jumped near the top of the odds at bookmakers in Australia and aboard despite his outside barrier 15 of 15 draw.
The gate and undulating Newmarket course though proved his undoing, English jockey James Doyle unsure exactly what went amiss on race day in the last leg of the Global Sprint Challenge where Brazen Beau became the 12th Australian-trained horse to fail since Choisir ran second to Oasis Dream back in 2003.
In a thrilling finish in the weekend’s July Cup, fellow top fancy Muhaarar arrived late on the scene to salute for the punters when grabbing Tropics on the line.
Brazen Beau meanwhile was settled just off the speed set by Astaire and eventual runner-up Tropics who set the pace up front.
When asked for more though the valuable stallion prospect failed to answer Doyle’s call and finished a disappointing, no-excuses seventh behind last start Group 1 Commonwealth Cup winner Muhaarar.
“I’ve watched his replays a few times and after a furlong he can grab hold (of the bit) and shake his head, as he did today,” Doyle said according to Racing Victoria.
“There are no excuses, I was one of the first in trouble when they started to quicken. He didn’t give me the same feel as he had been doing in his morning work and it was different ground.
“It is a lot tighter out there today than it has been during the morning, when they’ve had a bit of dew. That’s lot firmer out there now.”
Tropic’s jockey Paul Hanagan said the hilly course was what stopped the Charlie Hills-trained Tropics from breaking his Group 1 maiden status after yet another close call.
“He just didn’t really handle the track, the dip, the only time I could really move on him was when he hit the rising ground,” Hanagan said.
“I did always think he was going to get there, without sounding cocky.”
Hills confirmed that Tropics would now target a race on a flatter course to try and break through at elite level.
“He didn’t come down the hill too good but he’s a real fighter, he battled right the way to the line,” he said.
“We look forward to going back to a nice level track for races like the Prix Maurice de Gheest, the Haydock Sprint Cup, and finish back in the big sprint at Ascot.”
Brazen Beau meanwhile has run his last race.
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