The Greg Perry owned and bred What’s New become the latest Group winner produced from the Cliff Brown yard when taking out the first leg of the 4 year old series, the Group 3 $175,000 Silver Bowl over 1400m on the 9th of June.
The first foal by Casino Prince out of Greg’s imported mare Pussycat Dream had already chalked up 4 wins and 4 seconds from her 14 Singapore starts and boasted excellent form at her last two starts in class 2 company – two closing thirds to Mikki Joy (1600m) and the highly fancied Silver Bowl runner Circuit Mission (1800m).
It was then with some bemusement from the stable that What’s New started at $398 for the win when the barriers opened. Ridden by the latest dux of the South Australian Apprentice Academy Raquel Clark, the race panned beautifully for both girls as Clark had What’s New in a lovely position from the jump, and the diminutive mare travelling in a comfortable rhythm.
After travelling the to the turn in the box seat, Clark showing great poise that belied her age, the winner of over 300 races between Adelaide and Tasmania didn’t panic and waited for a gap too present itself at the 300m. She then gave What’s New her head and she sprinted hard to collar race leader Eagle Eye easily and hold off Sacred Croix who battled on into second place. The winning time was 1min 22secs for the 1400m on the Long Course.
The win was especially satisfying for the stable with an association of over 20 years with Australian owner/breeder Mr Greg Perry. Greg has been an enormous supporter of the stable over the years, and raced many horses in Singapore including Tenzing, Merchant and more recently Miss Dusty.
What’s New has now taken her record to an impressive 5 wins, 4 seconds, 3 thirds from just 15 career starts and prize money of A tick over $327,000.