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Beau & Wandjina Please Trainers
Royal Ascot hopefuls Brazen Beau and Wandjina completed their domestic preparations with a jump-out at Flemington on Friday before their scheduled departure for the UK this week. The two star colts galloped over 800 metres with the Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau looking particularly sharp when shading the Gai Waterhouse-trained Wandjina by half a length on the line. The pair are due to fly out of Australia on Wednesday with the Robert Smerdon-trained Shamal Wind. Speaking to racing.com on Friday, Waller said he was pleased with Brazen Beau's progress ahead of the Royal meeting in three weeks time. "It was very good. That's exactly what we wanted to see a few weeks out from a very big race on the other side of the world." He added: "It's a little bit hard to determine how fit they need to be...but I think our preparation has been pretty smooth and I wouldn't change anything that has happened up to date." Waller is yet to decide which race Brazen Beau will contest at the Royal meeting, with the Gr1 King's Stand Stakes (1000m) on 16 June and the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) on 20 June the two options. However, he said the weather would be a major factor. "With Brazen Beau he needs a good track, so that's very important that he does run on a good surface," he said. "Obviously the weather will determine which way we head. If the weather suggested it was going to be a really fine week, I'd be leaning towards the Diamond Jubilee over 1200m." Meanwhile, Gai Waterhouse was talking in very bullish tones about Australian Guineas winner Wandjina. "He's done very well," she said. "He's a very athletic horse, he's exceptionally light on his feet. This horse reminds me very much of Starspangledbanner. He's a horse that can be effective over 1400m, even though the race is over 1200m...it's not like what we have in Australia, it's quite gruelling so it needs a horse that can really finish off and he certainly can."