Brave Pretty Brazen wins Sandown Guineas

Craig Brennan
Pretty Brazen has passed an important distance test with her victory in the Sandown Guineas

Pretty Brazen will be given the opportunity to tackle the top autumn three-year-olds after a courageous victory in the Sandown Guineas.

The Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained filly will be spelled following Saturday's Group Two win and set for an autumn campaign that could potentially include the Australian Guineas at Flemington.

"Now that I know she can run a strong 1600 metres there's a number of races that will be available," Tony McEvoy said.

"We can look to the Australian Guineas but there's also options in Sydney."

Ridden by Luke Currie, Pretty Brazen, the $3.50 favourit, accounted for Conqueror ($14) by a long-neck with Heart Of Puissance ($4.20) a short-head away third.

McEvoy said Pretty Brazen oozed class at the yearling sales and owner Linda Huddy was forced to bid $700,000 to purchase the filly.

McEvoy said Pretty Brazen, a daughter of Brazen Beau, had confirmed her future as a broodmare when retired from racing.

"She's got class, beautiful movement, has a beautiful temperament and the reason she cost $700,000 was I wasn't the only one that liked her," McEvoy said.

"There was a lot of competition and I think we can relax now and enjoy the future.

"We had a sit down after Flemington after she ran so well and I said to the owners let's have a go at the mile.

"It's worked out magnificently and to win a Group Two with a valuable filly just means so much."

Pretty Brazen provided jockey Currie the third leg of a winning treble after scoring on Hanseatic, for Anthony Freedman, and aboard the McEvoy-trained Xilong.

It was Currie's fourth metropolitan treble for the year and the jockey said Pretty Brazen was brave after striking the lead.

"The way the race mapped I wanted to put her in a spot early," Currie said.

"I think she's better, especially going out to a mile, having a cuddle but I used her, took the punt, and she was good although she was out on her feet late.

"She'll be better next time for it."