Talented Kiwi colt Beauty’s Beast has been sold to a group of Australian owners and will continue his racing career under the care of leading Melbourne trainer Danny O’Brien.
Beauty’s Beast made his racing debut for trainer David Greene in June of last year and broke his maiden with a dominant win in the More FM Northland Sports Maiden (1200m) at Ruakaka on August 14.
The Guillotine gelding returned to the races, after a stint in the spelling paddock, with a win at Ellerslie on February 12 and earnt a trip to Australia for the 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival after taking out the Triton Pacific Owens Plate (1300m) at Tauranga and the Towes Insurance Brokers Handicap (1400m) at Te Aroha on April 5.
Beauty’s Beast took on a strong field in the Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) at Royal Randwick on April 19 and led all the way to record an impressive victory from Woodbine and Engagement.
Former trainer David Greene told The Informant that he was disappointed to lose such a talented horse from his stable, but said that he is confident that the three-year-old will thrive as a member of the O’Brien stable and can be competitive at the highest level of racing.
“It’s disappointing to lose a horse of his quality, but unfortunately that’s the nature of the game we’re in,” Greene said.
“He’s clearly the best horse I have trained and he’s still got plenty of upside to him.
“There’s no reason at all why there’s not a Group One somewhere with his name on it.
“He only had the nine starts and the last preparation he had five starts and he nearly won them all.
“He just kept getting better with each one and there’s still plenty left in the tank.”
Danny O’Brien has had plenty of success during the 2013/2014 racing season, winning the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) and Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) with Shamus Award, but his stable has suffered a couple of blows in the past two weeks after both Shamus Award and Shamexpress were retired to stand at stud.
Shamus Award will stand at Widden Stud for a service fee of $27,500, while Shamexpress has been sold to Windsor Park Stud and will have a first season service fee of $16,000.