Brazen Beau is looking to build on a second place at Royal Ascot in the July Cup at Newmarket in Great Britain on Saturday. The horse was beaten by Undrafted at the royal meeting but his old adversary is not running on this occasion so the result could be different. Frankie Dettori rode Undrafted at Ascot and in that horse’s absence he has been given the ride on Danzeno who he hopes he can partner to his first July Cup.
The race is the highlight of the Newmarket July Festival that does not have the social elements of Royal Ascot and the racing is less valuable but it is still amongst the best three days racing of the season. The July Cup can claim to be the most prestigious sprint in Europe and is run at the headquarters of Flat racing in England. The race is a Group 1 contest over a distance six furlongs for three-year-olds and older horses. It is one of Britain’s most valuable sprints and the winner can be classed as the best European sprinter.
Brazen Beau raced alone in the Diamond Jubilee at Ascot and looked set to win the race before Undrafted surged clear on the opposite side of the track. However, the Australian trained horse did look unlucky and was probably the best horse in the race. Brazen Beau accounted for every horse except the winner who had a good draw and a clear run past beaten horses. Godolphin’s retained jockey James Doyle rides the horse at Newmarket after Aussie rider Craig Williams got some criticism in Australia.
Since Royal Ascot Brazen Beau has been impressive on the gallops in Newmarket. The trainer gave him a gallop over the July course where he impressed the track watchers. The trainer points out that the horse is professional and uncomplicated and has flourished since entering the sprint division at the start of his three-year-old season. He is a worthy joint favourite alongside Muharrar who won impressively at the royal meeting but Brazen Beau has the stronger form from top races in Australia and can confirm his superiority over this distance.
Danzeno’s regular rider is unavailable so Dettori has been given a live chance to win the July Cup for the first time. It is one of the few Group 1 races the iconic jockey has not won but the way his season is going it would not be a surprise if Frankie won the race and celebrated with a flying dismount. He won the Derby in June for the second time in his career aboard Golden Horn but beating Brazen Beau looks beyond his mount in the July Cup.
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