A Brazen attempt for a Showdown

Darley's first crop sire Brazen Beau

Last year’s announcement of The Showdown attracted a record 60 stallion nominations to the VOBIS Sires program for 2017 from 18 individual Victorian stud farms. Amongst those nominations, Godolphin has shown their support of the initiative by nominating all their Victorian-based Darley stallions.

Of the 842 nominations for the inaugural Showdown at Caulfield on 27 April, Darley Northwood sires Brazen Beau, Street Boss, Reset and Kuroshio collectively sired 126 of these. Forty seven of these alone are Brazen Beau progeny, with six sitting in the Top 25 of race ballot order (as at 19/2/19).

Darley’s General Manager in Victoria, Andy Makiv, said, “This is a terrific initiative to Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and Racing Victoria and presents great opportunities for Victorian broodmare owners, racehorse owners and trainers.”

“We send a significant portion of our own broodmare band to our Victorian-based stallions with this scheme in mind. There is little doubt it has had a big impact on the Victorian thoroughbred breeding and racing industries.”

Darley’s young sire Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible), currently sits on top of the Australian First Season Sires List by earnings ($1,030,255). His two standout progeny in recent months have been Chris Waller’s Accession and Godolphin’s Golden Slipper favourite Tassort.

Brazen Beau himself was an outstanding sprinter. He made his debut in an 1100 metre maiden at Canterbury, a field which included eventual Group winners Hampton Court and Testashadow. In his juvenile year he also won the Group 2 BRC Champagne Classic (1200m) and finished second in the Group 1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 BRC Sire’s Produce Stakes (1350m).

That was just the beginning when, as a three-year old, Brazen Beau won the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 VRC Newmarket Handicap (1200m), beating Chautauqua and Terravista. Another win followed in the ATC Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) before a luckless second in Royal Ascot’s Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m). His performances earned him Champion 3YO Colt in Australia in 2014-15.

Fast cementing a solid reputation as a stallion, a Brazen Beau colt from Pouter was the record-breaking top lot at the recent Inglis Classic Sale, selling for $550,000. He also sired the second top lot of that sale, earning him the record of siring the top three Classic lots ever sold.

Starting today, there will be twenty four Brazen Beau progeny on offer at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. All lots are either already nominated or are eligible to be nominated, for the lucrative VOBIS program.

“Brazen Beau looks the perfect horse for The Showdown, so anyone who’s got them I wish them luck, and obviously the buyers will be looking at them strongly.” Andy said ahead of the Sale.

The progeny, consisting of 10 colts and 14 fillies, include a colt out of Group winner Innovation Girl (Lot 227), a relative to Jukebox (Lot 452) and a relative to Group 1 winner Atomic Force (Lot 636). Another two Brazen Beau lots have been catalogued for the upcoming Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, and five at Inglis Australian Easter Sale.

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