New Arrivals have big boots to fill

Two 2019 New Zealand bloodstock purchases arrived in the stable at Kranji this week, and both have a bit to live up to. Given plenty of time to mature at Kilmore Farm and educated by Brooks Racing at Matamata both horses will race in familiar colours of Brown stable owner’s in Singapore.

At the NZB 2019 Yearling Sale in January, Lot 870 was by new NZ sire El Roca, out of the imported mare Pussycat Dream. Whilst not overly big, the stable did have the inside running with Cliff training the colt’s half sister What’s New. Weighing only 440kg, What’s New had showed plenty of ability from day 1 in the stable and whilst not big she was beautifully proportioned. Of course later in the year she would win a Group 2 and Group 3 race in Singapore.

Added to the benefit of racing the first of Pussycat’s Dream progeny, was the fact that the colt was also bred by long time stable clients Greenwich Stud. The colt was secured for $60,000 with Greg and Lisa Perry retaining a 50% share. The other 50% was quickly snapped up by those who had admired What’s New in Singapore and include Glenn Whittenbury, Dennis Cornwell and Michelle Norman who owns and operates Kilmore Farm at Matamata, the nusery used by Greg and Lisa Perry for all their NZ based bloodstock, and who look after all of Cliff Brown horses in New Zealand. The El Roca will race in Cliff’s Tarnpirr colours.

El Roca looking to be the 4th winner from four to race for broodmare Pussycat Dream.

Lot 129 at the 2019 NZB Ready To Race Sale was offered by Windsor Park Stud. He was by Zacinto out of the mare Prompt Payment, making him a half brother to the Singapore Champion Debt Collector. Since the purchase of Debt Collector Windsor Park had offered a number of progeny out of Prompt Payment, but on inspection they didn’t pass the grade in terms of type and suitability for Singapore.

Zachinto/Prompt payment has settled in at the stables at Kranji.

Lot 129 was more what we were after, although a touch immature being a late foal, he had DC’s head and looked an athletic type. Contact was made with Barree principal Glenn Whittenbury, and it was agreed that whilst we would bid on the horse we certainly were not going to pay overs for him. Cliff Brown racing was able to secure him for $80,000 and will be seen in Singapore sporting the famous Whittenbury colours.

We wish connections well with these horses, and look forward to them making their racetrack debuts.