By CHRIS ROOTS
Godolphin Australia boss Henry Plumptre, who labelled Diamond Jubilee second placegetter Brazen Beau “magnificent in defeat” after Saturday’s thrilling sprint at Royal Ascot, is looking forward to the colt making a farewell appearance in the July Cup at Newmarket next month.
There have been questions raised about Brazen Beau racing solo near the outside rail in Saturday’s 1200m dash, when he was ambushed late by Frankie Dettori on American sprinter Undrafted. He went down by half a length, but the gallant performance opened the door for him to head to the more testing July course at Newmarket.
“We have spoken with [trainer] Chris [Waller] and [Shiekh Mohammed’s bloodstock advisor] John Ferguson in England and it is felt that the July Cup is a good option for him after a courageous effort,” Plumptre said.
“He is over there and, provided his post-race recovery goes to plan and it is not a rain-affected track at Newmarket, he will race in the July Cup. Chris feels he will get better with another couple of weeks on the training track over there.
“There is a theory that you might only get one run out of them when you go to England so close to the race but Choisir won both the King’s Stand and Golden Jubilee and then was second in the July Cup.
“Starspangledbanner won the Golden Jubilee and the July Cup and this horse was absolutely magnificent at Royal Ascot and deserves his chance to go out a winner.”
Brazen Beau will race in the Godolphin blue if he runs at Newmarket, with the original owners’ lease ending after the week at Royal Ascot in a deal that was done when he was sold as a stallion earlier in the year. The son of I Am Invincible is booked to return to Australia and stand at stud for a $44,000 service late in the year.
He was brave down one of the toughest 1200m courses in the world on Saturday without the company of another horse. It would have been a win for the ages had Brazen Beau and Craig Williams pulled off the solo win away from his 14 rivals, which all preferred the middle and inside of the testing straight course.
Undrafted was ridden to have the last crack by Dettori and got the better of Brazen Beau in the last 75 metres. Williams explained the plan that took care of all but one of his rivals. “We were very confident in regards to a scenario, which ended up playing out, that we would go a little bit to the left-hand [side],” Williams said.
“Unfortunately, in a couple of occasions in the race, he lost concentration from being on his own, so it would have been an advantage if he was with another horse.
“It’s just the way that it was — he was so gallant and tough and unfortunately couldn’t get there in the end. Under no circumstances did he lay down — it was truly an Aussie spirit and he fought hard.”
Australia’s other representative, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Wandjina, was beaten 4 lengths in sixth place and never looked a winning chance.