27 year old Englishman JAMES DOYLE has landed the plum ride on Brazen Beau in the Darley July Cup on Saturday week after trainer Chris Waller booked the jockey to partner the colt in a piece of work at Newmarket on Tuesday morning.
The Australian challenger was partnered by Doyle, who is the number one stable rider for Godolphin, for the first time in a four furlong exercise on the July Course this morning. The horses first look at the course where he will have his final race start on July 11.
Brazen Beau will bid to become the first horse trained outside of Europe to win the July Cup since Japanese raider Agnes World prevailed 15 years ago next Saturday.
Doyle replaces Craig Williams who partnered Brazen Beau into second in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot and came under plenty of criticism for electing to plot a solo course down the stand side of the track.
Doyle said: “We didn’t do anything spectacular but he quickened up nicely from the two and hit the line nicely. He’s a ride to look forward to, big time.”
He added: “He’s very relaxed for a sprinter, not a buzzy type and I wouldn’t swap him for anything else in the race. Obviously you’ve got to respect the Charlie Hills horse as he spanked me in the Commonwealth Cup.”
Hills’s Muhaarar is the only horse shorter in the betting than the Australian superstar at a best-priced 7-2, with Brazen Beau at 4-1 and Mustajeeb next at 12-1.
Doyle has piloted home 14 Group 1 winners in his career to date, winning in France, Great Britain, Ireland and the UAE.
The young hoop has come a long way since 2010 when he contemplated giving up riding and doing a plumbing apprenticeship, due to the low number of rides he was getting in the UK.
The biggest break of his career came at the start of this year when he was appointed the number one stable jockey for global racing empire Godolphin, a coveted job amongst the jockey ranks. He didn’t waste anytime to repay the faith shown in him winning 2 Group 1’s, a Group 2 and a Group 3 in his first 2 months of riding for the “men in blue”.
Doyle knows every blade of grass on the Newmarket track, where Brazen Beau will attempt to become a dual-hemisphere Group 1 winner, and is sure to give him every possible chance.
Doyle’s final word on the race was
“I can’t wait for the Darley July Cup and I wouldn’t swap him for anything else in the race.”
Hindsight is 20/20, but I can’t help but think if Doyle had ridden the colt in the Diamond Jubilee he would have already notched up a Uk Group 1 win.