Waller Hoping for Sturdy Track in 2014 Run To The Rose

August 28th, 2014

A standout performer on firm track during the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, trainer Chris Waller has confirmed Brazen Beau will take his position in this weekend’s Group 3 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens, but confirmed he is hoping for a sturdy running surface.

Brazen Beau will resume in this weekend's Group 3 Run To The Rose

Brazen Beau will resume in this weekend's Group 3 Run To The Rose. Photo: Daniel Costello

Finishing worse than second just one over five competitive starts so far, Brazen Beau has not been seen at the races since finishing a close second to fellow Run To The Rose acceptor Almalad in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 7th.

Also confirming classy stable mates Law and Sniper fire for this weekend’s Rosehill feature, Waller confirmed he is pleased with the continually building form of the I Am Invincible colt, but is lamenting the prospect of a less-than ideal track.

“I’m desperately hoping we get fine weather on Thursday and Friday,” Waller told AAP.

“As long as the track is holding together and the horses can get some footing it won’t be too bad.

“He didn’t handle a slow track at his second start and he finished out of a place.

“And even in his trial last Saturday Hugh Bowman (jockey) said ‘only fair’ so if he’s showing those signs in a trial it’s normally exaggerated in a race.”

Confirming the three classy stable mates will progress to the featured Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on September 13th, Waller said the need to complete a lead-up run a fortnight earlier is crucial, particularly for the resuming Sniper Fire.

“It’s hard for horses to back up with a week after a first-up run and if you don’t run this week then you are snookered,” Waller said.

Winning his debut race over 1100m on February 5th, Brazen Beau finished fifth in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) on March 8th, but truly stamped his claims as a serious runner upon arriving in Brisbane in winter; winning the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) before securing back-to-back second placings in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) and J.J. Atkins.

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