Trainer Chris Waller has revealed that he has done everything possible to have Brazen Beau as fit as possible for his return to racing in the 2014 Danehill Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
Brazen Beau was set to return to the races in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on August 30, but he was withdrawn from the race due to the heavy track and was subsequently ruled out of contention for the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens tomorrow.
The majority of his rivals in the Danehill Stakes have had at least one run this preparation and Waller admits that the I Am Invincible colt will face stiff competition in the Group 2 event, but is happy with the physical condition of the three-year-old heading into the race.
“He is very well,” Waller said.
“He has been in Melbourne for about ten days since trialing in Sydney and he had the two trials up there.
“He was targeting the Golden Rose, but it just around too quick and that sees him race up the straight tomorrow.
“Obviously it is not easy first-up, but we have done everything that we can to have him as fit as he can.”
Brazen Beau will be making his debut down the Flemington straight in the Danehill Stakes and Waller is hoping that the talented colt will be able to find some cover when he jumps from barrier four tomorrow before showing an impressive turn-of-foot in the final stages of the race.
“Fifth or sixth getting a nice salon passage at the 300 metre mark and surging clear would be the way that I would like to see it,” Waller said.
“It is always good to get cover when you are a bit vulnerable fresh and they can show him the way so to speak.
“We will see if he is good enough over the last part.”
Brazen Beau was included in the 2014 Caulfield Guineas first acceptances that were released earlier in the week, but Waller is yet to decide whether the talented colt is the right sort of horse for the stallion making race.
Waller is hoping that Brazen Beau will improve in a similar manner to the way Zoustar did off a Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival campaign, but he won’t be making any further plans with colt until after the Danehill Stakes.
“I don’t really know and it is almost impossible to tell until you see them under pressure and have seen them come back as three-year-olds,” Waller said.
“The ones coming through the later part of the two-year-old season normally improve and he is that type of horse.
“If he can improve he will be running in some good races through the carnival.”
Brazen Beau is currently available at Danehill Stakes odds of $4.20 and he has been easily the best-backed runner in the betting market with Ladbrokes Australia.