The Singapore Turf Club moved from Buki Timah to it’s current location at Kranji in 1999. During that time Singapore racing has seen many great trainers both local and international plying their trade in what is a very competitive industry. In what has been a memorable season of racing, 2016 saw a new record set for a trainer by Cliff Brown. Eight Group 1 races are conducted each season at The Singapore Turf Club, and in a remarkable achievement Cliff won five of these most coveted races.

Whilst Singapore racing has seen many dominant horses annex the big group 1 races, Cliff was able to achieve the five Group 1 wins with 3 different horses. Leading the charge was the undefeated in 2016 Debt Collector who won the Group 1 Singapore Guineas as a 3 year old, and then later in the year took on all comers winning both The Kranji Mile and Raffles Cup. Much improved stayer Laughing Gravy was in imperious form in the first half of the year making it 4 wins in a row when demolishing Singapore’s best stayers in the Queen Elizabeth Cup in June.
In perhaps the best training feat amongst these Zac Spirit returned to Singapore after a 6 month break in Australia to recuperate from knee surgery. After a 3rd behind old sparring partner Emperor Max in the Kranji Sprint, he turned the tables three weeks later in Singapore’s biggest sprint race The Lion City Cup. Zac Spirit made in two wins in the premier sprint winning it n 2014 and beaten an inch in 2015 by War Affair.
Whilst this season will be hard to top, there are exciting prospects ahead for not only the three horses who headlined a stellar 2016, but an array of lightly raced horses in the stable.