Brazen Beau has been retired to stand at stud after he failed to fire in the 2015 July Cup at Newmarket in England on Sunday morning (AEST).
Brazen Beau went into the July Cup as a clear favourite following his close second in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1207m) during the Royal Ascot Meeting, but he never looked comfortable in the run and was unable to respond when asked for an extra effort by James Doyle before tiring late to finish seventh behind Muhaarar, Tropics and Eastern Impact.
Doyle said after the race that he could find no excuses for the below par performance of Brazen Beau in the July Cup and he admitted that the I Am Invincible did not feel like the same horse that he had ridden in trackwork throughout the week.
“I’ve watched his replays a few times and after a furlong he can grab hold and shake his head, as he did today,” Doyle told the media after the race.
“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.”
Brazen Beau will now begin a new career as a stallion at Darley Stud at Northwood Park and he will stand for a first season fee of $44,000 after scoring five wins from his 12 race starts.
He made his racing debut with a dominant victory in the Australian Turf Club Maiden Handicap (1100m) at Canterbury on February 5 last year, but Golden Slipper plans were put on hold when he failed to fire in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) at Warwick Farm on March 8.
Brazen Beau returned to winning form in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben on May 10, but he suffered narrow defeats Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) on May 24 and the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m).
The son of I Am Invincible started his 2014 Spring Racing Carnival campaign with a flat performance in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 13, but he took out the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on October 4 before he claimed a maiden Group 1 victory in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.
Brazen Beau started his autumn campaign with a second place finish behind Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on February 21 and he took out the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) before he made the trip to the United Kingdom for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the July Cup.
Brazen Beau was purchased for $70,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book and accumulated over $1.5 million in prizemoney for connections.