Johanne Taylor, who travelled to the UK with Brazen Beau for trainer Chris Waller, says the three-year-old has changed her life.
“Bringing Brazen Beau over for Royal Ascot has been a life-changing experience for me,” Taylor said at the Ascot press conference on Thursday.
“I have been fortunate to travel all over Australia with him but I could never have envisaged myself sitting here 12 months ago, so this horse really has changed my life.”
Taylor said Brazen Beau has taken the trip in his stride with his appetite taking priority.
“I could honestly not have asked for a better horse to travel,” she said. “He was phenomenal during the long flights and we had quite a lengthy delay at Singapore.
“When we eventually arrived in the UK to his stable at midnight, all he wanted to do was eat. He wasn’t worried about sleeping or a blanket, all he wanted was food.
“If you see him just walking around, you would not even think he was a colt. He is very laid back and just takes everything in his stride.”
Taylor suggested a Royal Ascot victory would have more significance for the stable than simply adding another Group I success.
“He is very different from most of Chris’s other horses,” Taylor said.
“We have been fortunate enough to have some good staying horses but it is nice that Brazen Beau is a sprinter that Chris has trained from the start, starting from scratch.”
Brazen Beau is set to make his Northern Hemisphere debut on Saturday week in the Group I Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m). Craig Williams will partner the colt.
Darryl Sherer – Racenet