Australia’s star three-year-old sprinter Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) will have Saturday’sGroup 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) as his sole target at Royal Ascot.
Syndicate manager Grant Morgan said consideration had been given to running in both theGroup 1 King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) tomorrow, but for a combination of reasons, the colt will have only one run, which may be his last before he joins the Darley stallion roster.
Morgan said he and trainer Chris Waller had taken into account the weather and the chance that a run in the King’s Stand Stakes might flatten the colt.
“The King’s Stand was a strong possibility during the planning stages but as Brazen Beau (pictured) has continued to tick every box during the preparation the Diamond Jubilee has swung back into favour.”
The forecast is for fine weather at Ascot for the whole week and Waller is happier to run in the longer race if the track is dry.
“He has an outstanding record up the straight and he has been strong through the line in both his Group 1 wins,” Morgan said.
Brazen Beau, who will be bidding to give Waller his 15th Group 1 win for the season, has also been placed at 1600m as a two-year-old which should equip him well for the extremely stiff 1200m at Ascot.
Brazen Beau worked over 800m at Newmarket on Saturday, dashing up the final 200m.
“He quickened up beautifully,” Waller said. “It got his breathing going and stimulated his blood ahead of the race.
“He’s moving great and he pulled up well.”
Among Brazen Beau’s opponents in the Diamond Jubilee will be Group 1 Australian Guineas winner Wandjina (Snitzel) who pleased Gai Waterhouse with his work on the Side Hill gallop at Newmarket on Sunday morning.
The absence of Brazen Beau leaves Shamal Wind (Dubawi) (pictured right) to represent Australia against 18 opponents in what will be the second race on the day-one card.
The Royal meeting opens with Australia’s, Hong Kong’s and the world’s No.2-ranked galloper Able Friend (pictured below) taking on French runner Solow in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes (1600m).
Trainer John Moore couldn’t be happier with the son of Shamardal who has relished the open spaces at Newmarket after spending most of his life in the closer confines of Hong Kong.
“I’m delighted with what I’m seeing, he looks a picture of health,” Moore said.
“He’s been the best traveller, he’s eaten up, he’s drunk up, he’s enjoyed the gallops, he has his pick of grass for an afternoon, so what more could you ask leading into the race.
“It’s been problem-free. All in all I’m very excited about what I’ve seen…bring on Ascot.”
Ascot management report that watering continued on Saturday after forecast storms missed the track on Friday. A good-to-firm surface is expected for most of the five-day meeting.
The Queen Anne Stakes will be televised at AEST 11.30pm Tuesday 16 June evening, with the King’s Stand Stakes at AEST 12.40am (Wednesday 17 June morning).
Australian-bred Brazen Beau captured working in preparation for his Royal Ascot run.