Australia’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes runner-up Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) will have a second crack at a major UK sprint, but not for the 38 owners who have raced him throughout his career so far.
Trainer Chris Waller confirmed on Sunday that the Group 1 Darley July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket next month is on Brazen Beau’s agenda.
The three-year-old beat the best sprinters of Europe and Britain in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot on Saturday, only to be touched off by the American runner Undrafted – vision below.
“At the moment the intention is to run in the July Cup but it will take a few days to see how the horse has come through the run,” Waller said.”He seems fine but it was an 18-hour day for him from the time he left the stable and came home again after a tough run.”
Brazen Beau (yellow silks) has returned to Newmarket to the Godolphin Stable of Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum who bought the horse for $10 million last spring and leased him back to his original owners for the Royal Ascot race.
He will return to Australia for the breeding season where he will stand at Darley’s Northwood Park Stud in Victoria.
While the colt’s ownership has changed, Waller will remain involved in his preparation for the July Cup.
Waller leaves England today and will return before the race which is run on July 11.
“I’ll go back to England when I’m needed … probably a few days before the race,” he said.
Waller meanwhile dismissed suggestions of a tactical blunder in the Diamond Jubilee in which Brazen Beau raced alone on the grandstand side of the track on ground that jockey Craig Williams believed to be the best available given his draw in the outside barrier.
“We wouldn’t do anything differently,” Waller said.”Craig walked the track and that was where the best ground was.“It’s a shame something else didn’t go with us and the American horse just got to us. It was still a great effort and Brazen Beau did us proud.”
Brazen Beau, who started favourite, reached the lead with around 200m to run but couldn’t withstand the finish of Undrafted, who raced in the centre of the track, going down by a half-length. The third horse was a further 1-1/2 lengths away.
While the Ascot 1200m appeared to fully test Brazen Beau, the same trip at Newmarket is no less severe with a steep incline over the final 250m.