Brazen Beau filly defies wet track hoodoo
Ontrack’s talented filly Brazen Gem has done something her brilliant Dad couldn’t do.
Brazen Gem completed a hat-trick of wins and took her record to five starts for three wins and a second placing when recording a gritty win in heavy conditions at Hawkesbury and that followed a soft track win at Goulburn.
The rain affected tracks proved no obstacle to Brazen Gem but her father, the multiple Group One winning sprinter Brazen Beau, was a complete duffer on wet tracks.
“Brazen Beau won his first start by a wide margin on a good track and we tried him on a soft track at Warwick Farm second up and he was a battling fifth.
“Hugh Bowman got off him that day and said, ‘don’t ever start this horse on wet ground again’,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“At his next start Brazen Beau won the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doomben on good ground.”
While Brazen Gem has been a dual winner and placed on wet ground, Grant Morgan is confident the filly is a much better horse on top of the ground.
“The Hawkesbury win was achieved in ordinary conditions and I think she was very brave in such conditions. I think what she has done at Hawkesbury and at Goulburn has been achieved through a tremendous will to win.
“I think we have a very nice progressive filly on our hands and she will be much better suited when she gets back to firm tracks,” said Grant Morgan.
Plans are to head to a city race with Brazen Gem and there are a couple of mid-week Benchmark races for fillies and mares next month that look suitable targets for the Bjorn Baker-trained filly.
A graduate of Gerry Harvey’s Westbury Stud in New Zealand, Brazen Gem was purchased by
Ontrack at the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Sale at Karaka.
Brazen Gem is the first foal of the Dane Shadow mare Fifty Eight Facets who was a Sydney winner during a very light career for Gerry Harvey and trainer Peter Moody.
Fifty Eight Facets was exported to New Zealand in foal to Brazen Beau and foaled Brazen Gem at Westbury Stud. She has since produced two filly foals to Swiss Ace and is back in foal to that horse.
Brazen Gem continues a great season for Brazen Beau who has now sired 32 individual winners in Australia this season, with four stakes winners in that tally.
Congratulations to our winning owners: David and Sue Worthley, Vin Harink, Mark Snowden, Fine Dining Syndicate (Manager Mark Ostermeyer), Malcolm Borger, Ailsa Morrison-Galt, Dave Moretti, Wayne and Paddi Muller, John and Barbara Gilbert, Christine Shaw, Robert Corolla, Bobby Vucenovic, Peter McClintock, Bob and Gladys Harvey, Judy Bandidt, Garry Batchelder, Brad Leaity John Loftus, Gerald and Antoinette Pacholec, Dan Paton, Roger Perusich, David Sparkes, Ken Stocks, Barry Tangitu, Anne Wade, Jean Weston, Ty Wagstaff.