Name: Brazen Beau
Sire: I Am Invincible
Trainer: Chris Waller
Foal Date: 1/10/2011
WALLER TO TRAIN ONTRACK I AM INVINCIBLE COLT
New South Wales leading trainer, Chris Waller, has been chosen by Grant Morgan from Ontrack Thoroughbreds to train this colt by freshman sire, I Am Invincible.
Morgan said, “people that are interested in racing a colt that looks like they will get to the races early next season don’t need to look too far,
“We went to the Inglis Classic sale specifically looking for a colt that could make the early two-year-old races and came away with him”
His sire, I Am Invincible, showed speed on debut to stop the clock at 57.80 seconds when winning on debut at Warwick Farm over 1000m. That performance convinced his trainer to follow the Golden Slipper dream and in doing so lined up in the Group 3 AJC Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) at Warwick Farm. Drawn, poorly I Am Invincible showed speed to cross the field and tire late when third to the eventual Golden Slipper winner, Forensics.
Injured at his next start in the Group 2 STC Todman Stakes (1200m), I Am Invincible did not race again for a prolonged period. The bay did recapture his best form as a four year-old recording solid victories in the Group 3 SAJC DC McKay Stakes (1100m) and the Listed MRC Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m).
He also finished runner-up to the great champion, Takeover Target, in the Group 1 SAJC Goodwood Handicap during his four-year-old season. Out of the unraced Canny Lad mare Cannarelle, whose dam Countess Pedrille is a full sister to the very good high-class racemare, Mamzelle Pedrille (by Zoffany) a Group 2 winner of the STC Theo Marks Stakes and in-turn the dam of the Group 2 winner, O’Lonhro (by Lonhro).
NOT ENOUGH? This colt is out of Sansadee a winner of two races as a juvenile that showed enough talent to contest the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes in Canberra to finish in third behind Handsome Ransom (now a sire of four stakes winners) and subsequent Group 1 winner, Exceed And Excel (a sire of 59 stakes winners)
Retiring to stud duties with a record of three wins, Sansadee is the dam of six foals, four have raced with one winner, Epic Faith (by Dash For Cash) and two wins.
The female family has produced plenty of winners and features a lot of diversity as it hails from a branch of a family that has produced the Grade 1 winner, Fanfreluche (by Northern Dancer) and dam of L’Enjoleur (15 wins and sire of 31 stakes winners). The Group 1 Newmarket Sun Chariot Stakes winner, Majestic Roi (by Street Cry), the Group 1 St Leger winner in Chile, Medici (by Sir Cat) and Holy Roman Emperor (by Danehill) winner of the Group 1 Grand Criterium in France at Longchamp and the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland.
A trip to Sydney in 1998 was a career turner for New Zealander, Chris Waller. Travelling with just a lone horse, Party Belle they returned home a winner.
The lure of the fantastic prizemoney on offer in Australia, against the amount on offer at home, the nature of the competition, and, the sheer challenge Waller began making more trips to Australia from the land of the long-white cloud. Waller, became more successful every time, and, that success got to a point when he and his wife Stephanie decided Australia was the ‘place to live’ as Chris forged his reputation.
Waller’s team has grown ten-fold since 2005 when he was granted four boxes at Rosehill, now boosting enough for 100 thoroughbreds. Waller’s first winner at the highest level was notched up in the autumn of 2008 when Triple Honour won the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap. That breakthrough Group 1 victory followed Triple Honour’s nose loss to Weekend Hussler in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas a week earlier.
Since then, Waller has saddled up many big race wins including the 2011 Emirates Stakes (registered name: Cantala) a million-dollar event on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Spring Carnival week with Albert The Fat. He has applied the polish to 2010 Group 1 Doncaster Handicap winner, Rangirangdoo and to My Kingdom of Fife who came into his stable as a Group 3 placegetter to win the Group 1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2011. Other feature events that appear on Waller’s ‘CV’ are the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes and Manikato Stakes, when won by, Danleigh.
Chris, learned his trade from Paddy Busuttin in Foxton, who must be an excellent tutor as last spring Paddy’s son Trent saddled up Sangster to claim the Group 1 VRC Derby with Sangster. Waller, was Busuttin travelling Foreman and was associated with Castletown when that horse finished third in the Melbourne Cup behind Subzero.
Waller, then took over Busuttin stable when Paddy accepted a contract to train in Singapore. Waller is now firmly entrenched as Sydney leading trainer having claimed the title last season by 26-1/2 wins over his nearest rival, Gai Waterhouse. A little over the half-way point of the 2012-13 season, (as of March 7th), Waller is well ahead of Waterhouse by 57-1/2 wins.