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Brazen bonus despite miss


BRAZEN Beau will be the gift that keeps on giving for Adelaide cousins Chris Burdon and Martin Connor.

Despite falling agonisingl­y close to conquering the world at Royal Ascot in the early hours of Sunday morning, Brazen Beau has had his last race for his current group of owners.

Their initial $6000 investment has ballooned into a $600,000-plus bonanza their five per cent share.

And despite being sold to global racing giant Godolphin for the next phase of his career at stud, his owners will continue to reap the rewards.

As a part of his $10m stud sale, connection­s will receive nine times his service fee annually which has been set at $44,000 for the upcoming season.

“He’s done everything well and truly beyond what any-

for thing we could have asked for him,’’ Burdon said.

“You get into horse racing for a bit of fun. You don’t want to take a chance.’’

Brazen Beau is now expected to have one more race start before he goes to stud at Northwood Park in Victoria.

The three-year-old will race in the world famous Godolphin blue colours if he tackles the July Cup at Newmarket early next month.

While their journey with Brazen Beau has ended, Burdon and Connor will now focus on two other horses they partown. “We got a High Chaparral filly who has had three starts and was a recent winner, while the other horse was slightly injured and is on his way back,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, trainer Ciaron Maher will be out to continue an already successful winter when he saddles up runners on the flat and over jumps this weekend.

Star mare Srikandi has gone to the paddock for a wellearned spell after winning back-to-back Group One races in Queensland, culminatin­g in Saturday’s Tattersall’s Tiara at the Gold Coast. Maher is yet to map out a spring campaign for the rising five-year-old who also won the Stradbroke Handicap.

Overseas travel is definitely an option next season with the Royal Ascot meeting in June and the Hong Kong Interna- tional day in December in Maher’s thoughts.

Group One racing in Australia has finished for the season but Maher’s runners this weekend include consistent sprinter Hard Romp, who chases his third Flemington win this campaign in Saturday’s All Victorian Sprint Series Heat 8 (1100m).

Import Kapour is nominated for the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill.

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