Darley Victoria stallion Brazen Beau was declared Australia’s Champion 3YO Colt at the 2014-15 Racehorse of the Year Awards on Thursday.
It put the icing on the cake of a stellar career that saw him poll more votes than Group 1 winning three year-olds Wandjina, Hallowed Crown, Mongolian Khan and Kermadec.
“Brazen Beau has been a life-changer and the exciting thing is the journey isn’t over,” former manager Grant Morgan said. “He has a wonderful opportunity at stud with Darley now, and I know many of his original owners are enthusiastic about being involved with his sons and daughters on the racetrack.”
Trainer Chris Waller guided Brazen Beau through a whirlwind career on the track which saw him win at Canterbury on debut before adding the G2 Champagne Classic in Brisbane as a two-year-old.
The dark brown son of I Am Invincible truly excelled at three.
He won the G2 Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick joining the likes of Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock and Foxwedge. And he backed up with a fruitful trip down south when victorious in the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.
Earlier this year, Brazen Beau ran second to Lankan Rupee in the G1 Lightning Stakes before rounding off his domestic career with a formidable victory in the G1 Newmarket Handicap.
The win put Brazen Beau in elite company as a three-year-old to win the Newmarket alongside Weekend Hussler, Alinghi, Exceed And Excel and Schillaci.
After proving himself one of Australia’s best sprinters, the decision was made to make the trip to England’s famed Royal Ascot meeting in June. Here Brazen Beau and his owners were truly on the world stage, and the colt was beaten just half a length in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
His owners struck a multi-million dollar deal with global breeding operation Darley. The newly crowned Champion is currently standing his first season in Victoria where he is covering a full book of 150 mares including 40 stakes winners.