Waller upbeat as Brazen disappoints.
Byline: Lewis Porteous
TRAINER Chris Waller yesterday took time to reflect on a lifeenhancing journey that reached its conclusion with Brazen Beau's seventh-placed finish in the Darley July Cup.
Last month's narrow Diamond Jubilee Stakes runner-up is set to take up stud duties in his native Australia and, although a little deflated with a slightly anticlimactic end to a career that has yielded two top-level wins down under, Waller made clear his intention to have further runners in Britain down the line.
"He's been a superstar," said Sydney's leading trainer. "It's a shame to come so close at Royal Ascot but he's got a lot of recognition. It's been an unbelievable experience and for sure I'll be doing it again."
James Doyle, riding Brazen Beau for the first time in the colours of Godolphin, felt his mount did not show his best on the fast ground and Waller added: "Coming down the dip he said he did not feel quite as comfortable on it as he had when the ground had been a bit easier here in his track work. He's pulled up fine and maybe after being here six weeks he's starting to switch off a little bit as well."
A career at stud now beckons for Brazen Beau, who looks set to be a busy boy for Darley come the breeding season.
Waller said: "He's got a big book of mares waiting for him in Australia and I would say he'd be coming back here as well. He sells himself. He's a strong, beautiful horse."