Chris Waller leaning towards Diamond Jubilee Stakes for Brazen Beau at Royal Ascot   Leave a comment

Chris Waller leaning towards Diamond Jubilee Stakes for Brazen Beau at Royal Ascot
June 8, 2015 – 4:22PM

Adam Pengilly

Decision time: Chris Waller with Brazen Beau for whom he favours the 1200 metres.
Decision time: Chris Waller with Brazen Beau for whom he favours the 1200 metres. Photo: Getty Images
Chris Waller will depart Australia bound for his first Royal Ascot experience on Wednesday with an inclination to run Brazen Beau in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, “hoping like hell” the dual group 1 winner remains intact before the final day of the week-long meeting.

Only days after toasting his record-setting 14th group 1 winner for the season after Press Statement’s JJ Atkins win at Doomben, Waller is closing in on a decision with Brazen Beau’s owners and Darley – where the colt will stand next breeding season – on which race to target.

The King’s Stand Stakes over the shorter trip of 1000 metres next Tuesday has been the subject of much discussion, but Waller will leave Sydney with the Diamond Jubilee Stakes the favoured option with Brazen Beau on Saturday week.

“I’ve watched the replays of the 1000-metre race and they’re more like quarter horse races,” Waller said of the King’s Stand Stakes. “The 1200 metres will give him a chance to get on the bridle and hopefully he will be the last one off the bridle.

“Over 1000 metres, regardless of how good our sprinters are, they still go fast over there and he will be out of his comfort zone, so we’re hoping for a fine weather forecast through to Saturday.”

It means a clash with Gai Waterhouse’s Wandjina – rather than Robert Smerdon’s Shamal Wind in the King’s Stand Stakes – is looking ever closer for Brazen Beau.

Ladbrokes has listed Brazen Beau, the only Waller-trained horse to win multiple group 1s this season during his history-making term, a $3.80 favourite for the Diamond Jubilee with Wandjina on the third line of betting at $10.

Waller had readied Zoustar for the Royal Ascot meeting last year in what was intended to be his first European foray, but the colt broke down in Australia before leaving for the United Kingdom.

Waller said Brazen Beau “wasn’t completely out of the woods yet” despite appearing to travel well on the same flight as Wandjina and Shamal Wind last week.

“I thought he got onto the plane looking a little bit soft, but he’s lost a bit of weight on the flight which should have the horse looking in perfect condition,” Waller said.

“I’m not going to treat it like rocket science and I’m just going to keep a very straightforward approach. If he does do a piece of work it will just be to keep him ticking over and keep me happy rather than any fitness benefit.

“We’re getting the royal treatment staying with Godolphin, and their facilities are just priceless. A lot of it is out of our control, but we just have to hope like hell we keep him healthy going into the race. You don’t get the chance to scratch and run next week – it’s all or nothing.”

Meanwhile, Godolphin’s Mogador outlined his stakes credentials with a scintillating last-to-first win at Rosehill on Monday.

The colt bumped into leading Golden Slipper contender and stablemate Exosphere at his only two starts before showing a stunning burst of speed to down Kamacite at Rosehill.

Asked whether Mogador was a definite stakes contender, jockey Sam Clipperton said: “One hundred per cent. He wasn’t pulling me into bad spots and when I pressed the button he exploded.

“I really think the horse will take a lot out of that mentally. That will really season him and turn him into a racehorse.”

The colt was trimmed to $11 in Golden Rose betting with Sportsbet.


Posted June 9, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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