Brazen Beau to lead strong Australian charge at Royal Ascot   Leave a comment

Brazen Beau to lead strong Australian charge at Royal Ascot

Brazen Beau, with Craig William aboard, defeats Damien Oliver on Wandjina in a jump out a

Brazen Beau, with Craig William aboard, defeats Damien Oliver on Wandjina in a jump out at Flemington last month. Source: Getty Images

Darley Stud’s powerful stallion roster will play a major role in showcasing the Australian thoroughbred over the five days of the exceptional Royal Ascot meeting starting in England tomorrow.

Of the four runners, Able Friend, Shamal Wind, Wandjina and Brazen Beau, that will carry the “Aus” suffix to their name — denoting they were bred in Australia — the first two are by Darley stallions Shamardal and Dubawi respectively.

Brazen Beau, by Australia’s reigning first-season sire champion I Am Invincible (by the Green Desert horse Invincible Spirit) and bred by former Sydney jockey Bernie Howlett, is set to join the Darley roster at its Victorian division in spring.

A dual Group I winner this season on Flemington’s 1200m straight course, Brazen Beau may be running for the last time when he takes on Group I Australian Guineas winner Wandjina (by Snitzel) and 22 others in the Group I Diamond Jubilee Stakes (about 1200m) at Royal Ascot’s closing day next Saturday.

Should Brazen Beau perform to Australia’s high expectations and join fellow home-breds Choisir (2003), Starspangledbanner (2010) and Black Caviar (2012) on the Diamond Jubilee Stakes honour roll, Darley would have to consider a shuttle season for him to one of its European bases.

Indeed, Exceed And Excel and Lonhro, Darley Stud’s two stallion premiership winners in Australia who have served northern hemisphere seasons, have quality two-year-olds that will run at Royal Ascot for Godolphin. the racing arm of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Darley empire. Exceed And Excel has the colt Burantino, a six-length winner of the Listed Woodcote Stakes on the English Derby card 10 days ago, nominated for tomorrow’s Group II Coventry Stakes (1200m). And the unbeaten filly Rah Rah, conceived in Lonhro’s first US season in 2012, will bid for a hat-trick in Wednesday’s Group II Queen Mary Stakes (1000m).

It was a day of high mixed emotions on June 6 for the Darley-Godolphin operation and notably for the Green Desert horse Cape Cross, which was a two-season shuttler to Australia. His stud career features 2009 English Derby-winner Sea The Stars and the outstanding multiple Group I-winning mare Ouija Board, dam of 2014 English Derby winner Australia.

The 2015 English Derby resulted in a quinella for the Darley stallions Cape Cross and Halling with the colts Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs. And on the same day at Brisbane’s Doomben racecourse Srikandi (by Dubawi), Boban (Bernardini) and Generalife (Lonhro) ran a trifecta for Darley stallions in the Group I $2 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

Burantino’s runaway win at Epsom Downs completed a two-hemisphere stakes double for Exceed And Excel, with his three-year-old Jebali winning the Group II $400,000 Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Doomben.

The Godolphin all-blue colours were on Jack Hobbs in the English Derby and Godolphin also had to be content with second place with the Tapit colt Frozen, behind triple crown-winner American Pharaoh in the Group I Belmont Stakes in the US.

There was some compensation at Belmont where Wedding Toast, by Darley’s Kentucky Derby-winning stallion Street Sense, trounced star US filly Untapable (by Tapit) in the Group I Ogden Phipps (1700m, dirt).

The 2015 Royal Ascot meeting opens tomorrow with the Group I Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) in which the top three fancies, Hong Kong’s pin-up horse Able Friend (Shamardal), France’s Solow (Singspiel) and England’s dual Group I miler Night Of Thunder (Dubawi), represent Darley stallions.

While Able Friend will be saddled for Hong Kong owners by his Australian-born trainer John Moore, the towering five-year-old gelding — which has won 12 races including the past six starts — was born, raised and sold as a yearling by Stuart Ramsay’s Turangga Stud in the NSW Hunter Valley.

Yet Shamal Wind, the barnstorming Group I Oakleigh Plate (1100m) winner in March, will wave the Australian flag for the owners and trainer Robert Smerdon in the Group I King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) — a feature won in past years by Aussie raiders Choisir, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti and Scenic Blast.

It is understood Shamal Wind will be served to southern hemisphere time in Ireland by Sea The Stars (by Cape Cross) before she is returned to Australia.

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Posted June 15, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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