Stokes Sending 2YO Trial Star ‘Brazen Boy’ to Melbourne

Thu 5th November 2020

Phillip Stokes has decided against nominating his two-year-old trial sensation for any races at Morphettville on Saturday, instead opting to send the promising juvenile to Melbourne.

Brazen Boy generated excitement with his visually impressive trial win, which has prompted Stokes to aim higher and send him to Sandown.

“I’ve decided to bring him to Melbourne and run him in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown on Saturday week,” said Stokes when speaking to

“If he can come here and win it would be a massive result for his owners as they bred him and obviously still own the dam Cocoa Doll.

“She has a Written Tycoon filly being sold at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale in January and if this bloke could strike in the Merson Cooper it will add quite a few dollars on her.

“Brazen Boy himself reminds me a lot of a precocious filly I trained called Freestyle for John Messara.

“She only had seven starts and won four of them and coincidentally won the Merson Cooper at her first race start.”

From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.