Dubai Station to target Gr 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot
Royal Ascot holds bittersweet memories for Brazen Beau but the time honoured carnival might provide the stallion with a fantastic result later this month.
Brazen Beau’s last start in Ontrack’s all gold colours was in the Group One Diamond Jubilee when he was run down late after racing the entire 1200 metres on his own after drawing the outside gate.
Brazen Beau is making his own headlines now that he’s at stud and next Friday his three year-old son Dubai Station has a shot at Royal Ascot redemption when he runs in the Group One Commonwealth Cup over the 1200 metre trip.
Dubai Station became Brazen Beau’s first European-bred Group winner when he scored in the Group Three Pavillion Stakes at Newcastle.
The Karl Burke-trained colt was a quick juvenile in 2019, winning over five furlongs at Haydock in June before running third in the G2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot later that month.
A return trip to the Royal meeting next Friday looks likely for the six-furlong G1 Commonwealth Cup.
Bred by Hall Of Fame Stud, Dubai Station is the first foal of the Iffraaj mare Princess Guest, who is a half-sister to Stakes-winning sprinter Imperial Guest.
“He’s a very good horse, he shows us that on the gallops at home as he does a lot of his work with Lord Of The Lodge and probably has a better turn of foot than him,” said trainer Karl Burke.
“We knew we had a horse but he had a few niggles last year and we had to iron them out in the winter, just cleaning up a couple of joints, but he’s given us no problems since.
“It’s great for the owner (Ahmad Alshaikh) because he nearly sold him but we persuaded him to keep him.
“He showed plenty early last year and wouldn’t want the ground too soft, it was slow enough today so we’ll go to Ascot and hope for fast ground in the Commonwealth and he’ll go with a chance.
“He might get seven furlongs but he’s got too much speed for a mile,” said Burke.
Brazen Beau, who is standing his sixth season at Northwood Park in Victoria at a fee of $49,500, has now sired four Group winners worldwide. His three that were Victorian-bred have all won this season including G2 Sandown Guineas heroine Pretty Brazen and G2 Stan Fox winner Colada.
He's sired 33 individual winners in Australia, including Ontrack’s promising filly Brazen Gem who has won three of six starts for trainer Bjorn Baker.
She scored a hat-trick of wins before heading to Sydney mid-week company and running a brave sixth in spite of being in the worst going on a soft Kensington track.
Plans for Brazen Gem are being finalised but she will either run in Sydney next week or head north for a run at Doomben where there are two suitable races over 1100 or 1200 metres.