Brave As They Come
WINNER 70 OF 2023: BRAVE EMPEROR trained by Archie Watson and ridden by Luke Morris: The Group 3 'Prix Daphnis' over 1m at Deauville.
Carrying a 3lb winners' penalty for his Group 3 success in Germany, this race was over a slightly shorter distance and on very soft, which he hadn't encountered before.
He broke well and chased the leading pair. Shaken up at the 2-pole, Luke took him across to the rail as he swept past the leaders, to be in front by almost 2 lengths. He ran on well to deny a late challenger in the final furlong; holding on gamely, to win by 3/4 of a length.
This was his fourth win of the year, after winning a Group 3 in Germany, a Listed race in France and a Conditions race at Kempton.
Watch the full race replay here: https://www.attheraces.com/racecard/Deauville/06-August-2023/1450
Timeform rated it as a career best 109 performance, saying: "Stepped back down in trip, put up his best effort on his fourth outing outside Britain this year; chased leaders, took strong hold, headway under 2f out, shaken up and quickened to lead under 2f out, edged right, ridden and kept on well.”
See the official photo gallery, here: https://www.scoopdyga.com/index.php?page=recherche&search=deauville%20brave%20emperor&search_date=&filt=235126
Read The Racing Post story, here: https://www.racingpost.com/news/previews/globetrotting-brave-emperor-adds-deauville-group-3-to-his-tally-of-victories-while-on-the-road-aEUru5f7sh5y/
Read the At The Races story, here: https://www.attheraces.com/news/2023/August/07/overseas-options-for-deauville-victor-brave-emperor
Syndicate manager Tom says: "What a dude Brave Emperor is for his owners and I thought Luke gave him an absolute peach of a ride. He's so versatile with the ground conditions, loves his racing and takes travelling so well (as do his owners!) He has only finished out of the first three on two occasions in his career, which is amazing and now has over £179,000 of race prize money. Archie and I have had a chat and you will have seen our thoughts in the above interview with At The Races. There are lots of options we have in mind so well done to his syndicate on their fantastic horse. Thank you to Archie and his team and to Luke for such a succesful partnership with ourselves and Brave Emperor.”
Here's a super video of the winning experience from France Galop: