Brametot has pedigree to challenge at Ascot
Brametot will be aiming to make an impact in his first race on English soil when he competes at Royal Ascot in the St James’s Palace Stakes. The Irish horse has been competing in France for the entirety of his career thus far under trainer Jean-Claude Rouget.
He has enjoyed great success in his six races, but now faces the challenge of raising the level of his performances for the prestigious meet. Churchill has had a dominant start to the flat season, claiming victory in the 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket and the Irish 2000 Guineas at Curragh.
The bay colt will be considered the favourite to claim the crown at Ascot after missing The Derby at Epsom Racecourse, with Aidan O’Brien focusing on the St James’s Palace Stakes.
Brametot and the rest of the field will need a strong outing to upset O’Brien’s charge, but the three-year-old has had an excellent career to date. As a result, it will be worth monitoring his odds in the latest offers highlighted by tipping sites such as The Winners Enclosure over the course of the week.
Success From The Off
The Irish horse made his debut at the Duplex Stakes in Deauville, and although he was considered one of the leading candidates for the victory, he produced a fine performance to defeat the pre-race favourite Xaarino by two lengths to take the crown.
Brametot came into his second race after a six-week absence under the pressure of being the favourite for the D’etreham Conditions Stakes. Cristian Demuro remained in the saddle and on familiar ground at Deauville – the bay colt highlighted his class with another comfortable win.
He dominated the meet from start-to-finish, placing well ahead of second-place Incampo by four lengths.
The three-year-old was expected to win his third race on the bounce, competing once again at Deauville. However, on this occasion Brametot put in an underwhelming display, finishing three lengths off the pace of rank outsider High Alpha – ending his 2016 season on a low note.
Brametot began his 2017 campaign in Chantilly as part of the Fontainebleau Group 3, with familiar faces Xaarino and Incampo in the field.
The Irish horse was not considered the favourite for the meet due to his second-place finish last time out, but he proved his quality with a flawless ride to claim the victory ahead of Stunning Spirit, while his two former rivals failed to finish the race.
The bay colt’s first major test came at Deauville in the Essai Poulains Group 1 Stakes, featuring a talented field of horses from outside of France, including Peace Envoy and Orderofthegarter. However, Brametot was more than capable of the pulling off the victory, with Demuro guiding the horse to a comfortable win following another flawless ride.
Rouget and Demuro had little time to dwell on the victory in preparation for the Qipco Prix Du Jockey Club in Chantilly. Once again the field was packed to brim with fierce competitors, with Orderofthegarter and Rivet returning for a second crack at beating out the Bay Colt.
Brametot was the favourite for the meet and delivered a fine performance to see off his rivals for his fifth victory of his career.
As a result of his dominant outing, the three-year-old has momentum to take into Ascot, which should fill Rouget and Demuro with confidence that their charge is capable of mounting a charge for the St James’s Palace Stakes crown.
Brametot will be making his first appearance outside of France and that could cause problems in his bid to beat out Churchill at the top of the standings. Consequently, Rouget has to ensure that he has prepared the Irish horse thoroughly for the conditions and challenges ahead at Ascot to ensure the Bay Colt can continue his success.