Saturday is another chapter in Ontrack Thoroughbreds’ favourite story – the life and times of Brazen Beau.
AT Flemington on Saturday the first of Brazen Beau’s progeny heads to the races and fittingly it is a Godolphin-owned colt named Mercury.
Ontrack’s Grant Morgan purchased Brazen Beau for $70,000 and after a stellar racing career which saw him the best sprinting colt of his year with two Group One wins at Flemington he was sold to Godolphin and stands at Kelvinside Stud in Victoria and Dalham Hall in the UK.
“Brazen Beau has been am amazing story for so many people, not the least his 33 owners who enjoyed the ride of their lives, culminating in a wonderful trip to Royal Ascot where Beau was the unluckiest of seconds in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes after drawing the extreme outside.
“The story continues for the ownership group as they watched with interest his first foals arrive and then the first to be sold at leading auctions around Australasia and now finally we await Beau’s first runner to step on to the track.
“It’s so fitting that it is Flemington, the track where Brazen Beau captured his Group Ones – first the Coolmore and then the Newmarket, beating the best sprinters in the world at the time Chautauqua, Lankan Rupee and Terravista.
“And it is great the Beau’s first runner will run in Sheik Mohammed’s famous all blue colours.
“His first runner is an all Godolphin product being a son of the Lonhro mare Jerezana, a talented performer for Sheik Mohammed and a black type winner who included the Listed Ramornie Handicap at Grafton amongst her five wins.
“One thing is for certain, being part of the highly organised Godolphin operation Mercury is sure to be well prepared and we await his debut on Saturday with a great deal of excitement and optimism,” said Grant Morgan.