Joao Moreira endorsed Brazen Beau as a Royal Ascot contender after the glamour colt outclassed a star-studded field in Saturday’s Lexus Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.
The Chris Waller-trained superstar pressed claims for recognition as the world’s best speedster in front of a crowd of 25,016, accounting for the three highest-rated sprinters in the world in the $1 million Group 1.
Expertly handled by Moreira, the world’s best jockey in the eyes of many, the three-year-old dominated the 1200-metre event to score by 2-3/4 lengths from Chautauqua, with Terravista a further half-length back third.
Moreira, who won the Coolmore Stud Stakes aboard the son of I Am Invincible last Spring, was jetted in for the Newmarket ride and the Brazilian superstar said he gave him the feel of a horse capable of winning anywhere.
“I have no doubts about it based on the way that he won today,” the Hong Kong-based rider said when asked if he could win at Royal Ascot.
“If he brings this form anywhere, he will be competitive.”
“I would love to ride him at Royal Ascot.”
Brazen Beau showed improvement off his fast-finishing second in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) to become the ninth three-year-old to win Australia’s most prestigious sprint race in the past 18 years.
With just 52kg on his back and the Newmarket run over an extra 200m, Brazen Beau settled closer than he did in the Lightning and dashed clear when asked by Moreira inside the 400m.
The $5.50 chance powered clear, having covered the split between the 600m and 200m in 21.27 seconds, to score from Chautauqua ($3.20) and Terravista ($5.50).
Lankan Rupee, the $3 favourite, settled midfield but failed to unleash the finishing burst he displayed in the Black Caviar Lightning, labouring late to finish sixth.
“Once I just pressed the button and put him under pressure a little bit he gave me such a good, strong kick,” Moreira said.
“A furlong to go I knew I was going to win the race and quite easily because he was just attacking the line, putting all that he’s got into the race.”
Waller conceded Brazen Beau, who has now won half of his 10 starts at $1.4 million in stakes, was suited by the handicap conditions of the race but deserved every accolade that comes his way.
“Obviously he’s beaten a world-class field and he’s beaten them with a bit of contempt really,” Waller said.
“Sure it’s a handicap, but he’s a three-year-old – he’s entitled to get a few kilos off them – but in six months’ time when he’s a bit older and stronger he might beat them with the top weight.
“You don’t see that performance every day. He’s beaten some very good horses and beaten them easily.”
Waller will see how Brazen Beau comes through the Newmarket before deciding whether he has another run before being freshened up ahead of the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) at Royal Ascot in June.