Champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller was on hand to oversee Brazen Beau’s Monday morning gallop in preparation for Saturday’s Group 1 £500,000 Darley July Cup (6 furlong) at Newmarket in England.
Godolphin retained jockey James Doyle had his second feel of the brilliant Brazen Beau on the July course at Newmarket and said the colt felt terrific.
“I did a little bit more with Brazen Beau than I did last week and he’s in fantastic shape,” Doyle told the Racing Post.
“Obviously, you’ve got to respect Muhaarar who turned in a freakish performance at Ascot but my fellow goes there on top of his game.”
Doyle will be wearing the Goldolphin royal blue when he has his first race ride on Brazen Beau in the July Cup, taking over from Craig Williams who partnered the colt when second to American sprinter Undrafted in the Group 1 £525,000 The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) at Royal Ascot on June 20.
Waller arrived at Newmarket in time to see Brazen Beau have a look at the undulating Newmarket straight course and was pleased with the way the I Am Invincible colt handled it.
“It’s great for Brazen Beau to get a feel of the place as it’s a bit more undulating than Ascot, here you go down as well as up,” Waller said.
“He worked 400 metres I suppose which was maintenance work and it’s just a question of keeping a lid on him until Saturday.”
“Even though he finished second at Ascot I reckon he nailed it. It was a fantastic run.”
Waller is very excited to have a runner in the July Cup and said that having a horse like Brazen Beau was one of the highlights of his training career.
“Having a horse like Brazen Beau is up there with seeing your kids being born and marriage so I’m very excited about the July Cup,” Waller said.
“One of his best attributes is that he’s so laid back. If there is any stress involved he just takes it in his stride.”
Brazen Beau earned a trip to the UK following his two Group 1 winning performances in the Spring and Autumn with champion Hong Kong jockey Joao Moreira on top.
He proved to be the superior sprinting three year old during the 2014 Melbourne Spring Carnival with a win in the Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 1.
Then during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival this year Brazen Beau was able to beat the older horses with a stunning two and three quarter lengths win in the Group 1 $1m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 14.
With the Wesley Ward trained Undrafted not competing in the July Cup, bookmakers have placed Brazen Beau at the top of the market order with Ladbrokes.com.au marking him at $3.60 ahead of the Charles Hills trained Muhaarar at $4.20.
Muhaarar created a huge impression in scoring a three and three quarter lengths win against the three year olds in the Group 1 £375,000 The Commonwealth Cup (6 furlongs) on June 19, the fourth day of the five day Royal Ascot Carnival.