Gold Star breaks through

 With three runners in the $70,000 Class 3 race over 1400m on Friday night, it was Gold Star and Filibuster who fought out the finish, with the ever consistent Gold Star getting the upper hand in the last 100m to beat his stablemate, with the third runner Diamond Beauty not far away in fourth.

With Filibuster making the runner in a slowly run race, the small nine-horse field turned for home as a bunched group. At the 300m JP Van der Merwe let rip on Filibuster, and with Quarterback coming hard out wide, it looked momentarily that those two would fight out of the finish.

However, Gold Star with Patrick Maloney on board burst through a small gap at the 200m, and showed a great turn of foot to win by half-a-length. It was Maloney’s 5th winner in Singapore, with three of these being supplied by the Brown stable.

Gold Star with Patrick Maloney burst through for a well deserved victory.

Gold Star, a four-year-old by Redente was a private purchase made by Cliff from Bendigo trainer Rod Symonds and has been a model of consistency. He has been unlucky in a lot of runs, actually finishing second, in 4 of his last 5 races. With last nights win, he has now scored three wins, five seconds and one third from 13 starts for stakes earnings around the $180,000 mark for the Gold Stable.

The win continued a good run for long time stable clients Gold Stable, who were landing their 4th win in season 2020 from the Brown Stable. Eugene Yong, Meehim Yong and Yong Nam Seng make up Gold Stable, and have supported the stable for the past 10 years. Their new Swiss Ace gelding has arrived in Singapore and will be in the stable on Monday, and we look forward to him carrying the famous gold and red diamonds silks.

Promising Pax Delivers

Pax Animi scored an authoritative win in the $70,000 Class 3 race over 1400m on Friday February 21st. In just his third start in Singapore, the powerful bay took his record to 2 wins and a second in Singapore and looks a galloper of great potential.

A private purchase by Cliff, Cat Raider as he was known in Australia was a one-time winner over 1400m at Ballarat. The four-year-old son of 2008 Victoria Derby winner Rebel Raider, was imported as a Derby prospect halfway through the season last year, and was re named Pax Animi by long time stable client Nick Johnston, who race him in partnership with Peter Lee.

Pax Animi has done everything right in Singapore right from his first local outing, gunning down a Class 4 Division 1 line-up in a 1200m race on November 17, followed two months later by a flying second when up in grade in a Class 3 race over 1200m on January 17. After gaining a start the racing public also felt he would be hard to beat, and he started at $22.

Ridden by Patrick Maloney, Pax Animi began a touch slowly but improved his position to mid field on the rails, and was traveling sweetly. Well into the straight he was in need of some luck, but once angled into the clear he showed the same electric turn of foot to slice through the field at the 250m, going on to defeat Adipson by three parts of a length.

Pax Animi storms to the front in the Class over 1400m.

Purchased with the Singapore 4 year old series in mind, the decision to swap dates with the 3 year old series has made it a race against time to get the gelding into the Derby. Patrick Maloney was very impressed with him. “He’s a really nice horse. Last start he made good use of his turn of foot but the 1200m was too short. Tonight, he was three back on the fence, which was not ideal, but when the gaps opened, he showed his turn of foot again. He’s a smart horse. All he wants to do is relax and switch off, which means once he gets out to more ground, he’ll be even better.”

Pax Animi will chart a path to the Singapore Derby in April.

With a record that now reads two wins and one second in three starts, Pax Animi, which means peace of mind in Latin, has already brought his owners, the Buffalo & Nick Johnston Stable more than $75,000 in prize money.

Inferno crowned Champion 2 year old, What’s New Champion 4 year old

The Racing Awards for season 2019 were held at Zouk Night Club at Clarke Quay on Thursday evening, February 6th. The gala evening was again a great success for the stable, again showcasing Cliff’s talents as a trainer. Undefeated galloper Inferno was crowned Champion 2 year old for 2019, and the Greg Perry bred and owned What’s New Champion 4 year Old for 2019. The stable was represented by nominees in all bar two of the categories, again highlighting an excellent year in Singapore feature races.

Inferno, a handsome son of Holy Roman Emperor made his race track debut on the 7th of July in the Magic Millions 2yo in Training Sale Stakes over 1200m, where he put in great display of raw power, by overcoming barrier 11 in the field of 12 to win easily. After obliterating the field in the Singapore 2 year old series final on 19th of July the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe over 1200m, this time jumping from barrier 15, the Champion Two Year Old was perhaps the easiest category winner of the awards night.

Inferno easily wins the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe.

Barree Stable Managing Owner Glenn Whittenbury couldn’t make the awards evening as the devastating news of two positive tests for the Wuhan virus at his usual Singapore lodgings The Grand Hyatt Hotel, had spooked him greatly. Mr Whittenbury has assured stable representatives that he will be attending Inferno’s comeback race later this month providing surgical face masks have been purchased for his expected return to Singapore.

On hand to accept the award on Mr Whittenbury’s behalf was able replacement Mr Dennis Cornwell. Mr Cornwell is known to love the spotlight at Night Clubs in Singapore and it was quite fitting he accepted the Champion Two Year old Trophy at Zouk Nightclub. Never shy of a media opportunity, the Glory Hound Mr Cornwell was quick to snatch the microphone from MC Nick Childs, and delivered the longest acceptance speech of the night.

Paul Robbins and Dennis Cornwell with Inferno’s Champion Two Year Old Trophy

Bonnie mare What’s New won the first two legs of the 4 year old series in 2019, the Group 3 Silver Bowl and Group 2 Stewards Cup before enduring a horror run in The Singapore Derby to finish a gallant 4th. Bred by long time stable clients Greenwich Stud Pty Ltd (Greg and Lisa Perry), What’s New will chase more black type success in 2020, before returning to Australia to join Greenwich Stud’s magnificent broodmare band.

Mighty Mare What’s New wins the Silver Bowl.

 

Cliff accepts Champion 4 year old award on behalf of Greg and Lisa Perry

Inferno continued Mr Whittenbury’s luck at the New Zealand Bloodstock Sales, where Singapore Champion and 2016 Horse of the year Debt Collector was also selected and purchased by Cliff Brown Racing. Inferno a 2018 yearling purchase has since gone on to win both of his starts as a 3 year old including the Group 3 Saas Fee Stakes.

Dennis takes charge of proceedings.

 

Jo and Cliff enjoy What’s New’s Champion 4 year old Award.

The 2020 racing awards, again showed Cliff Brown Racing talents for choosing top class racehorses as yearlings and un-raced 2 year old breeze up horses. Others to grace the stage at past Singapore Racing Awards purchased by Cliff, include dual Champion Sprinter Zac Spirit, Horse of The Year Step It Up, Champion Three year old, Champion Miler and Horse of the year Debt Collector, and now we can add Inferno to those purchases that have graced Singapore racing’s Honour Roll.

What’s New Trophy

Inferno Trophy

 

Bluestone returns in great fashion

Dapper part owners Tony Davies and Dennis Cornwell were on hand at Kranji racecourse to see their promising 3 year old Bluestone return from a short break from racing in the class 4 1200m on Saturday 1st of February. Tony was joined by his wife Trish and children Kyle and Jazzie for the day, and expectation as well as nerves were high, as Bluestone started the popular elect in the seventh race on the program.

The Hallowed Crown three-year-old had an excellent first racing preparation winning two, and running 2nd before finishing in fifth place behind Inferno in the Group 3 Saas Fee Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds in November. With an impressive trial win as a lead in to his race track return, part owner Cornwell (who was at Kranji on that trial morning) simply could not leave stable representatives alone, ringing 3-4 times a day for updates on Bluestone’s condition leading into his return race.

A touch slow out of the gates, Rodd allowed Bluestone to settle towards the rear of the field. Although 3 wide, he had cover and switched off nicely during the run. Still spotting the leaders 5 lengths at the 300m mark, Rodd knew what he had under him, and once balanced let rip on Bluestone, who with a great turn of foot swept past the entire field to win easily by a length.

 

Bluestone charges to the line in the class 4 over 1200m.

As is customary, Cornwell made Tony and family wait for him for the post race photo, descending from the grandstand, where he finally joined connections in the winning photo. Bluestone quite bemused by this was already ready for his shower, and stood momentarily for the photo before pulling back impatiently at having to wait in the sun for Cornwell’s arrival.

Winning Connections with Bluestone post race.

The winners room was a joyous place post race with Tony looking resplendent in a light yellow, pink and blue pastal shirt, whilst Dennis opted for the light blue shirt with a somewhat misplaced pink cuff. Perhaps not wanting to soil their lovely outfits, the champagne popping was left to Tony’s daughter Jazzie.

Connections gather in the Champagne Room

Bluestone took his earnings to a tick under $120,000 with his 3rd win from just 5 starts. An excellent return on the $40,000 Cliff paid at the 2019 Inglis Classic Sale. Australian owner Richard Pegum, who raced Foxtrot Hotel with great success in Singapore, watched the race live in Australia and was thrilled with Bluestone’s victory. Dennis celebrated long into the night with John McGuiness, and has asked numerous times for the DVD of Bluestone’s win, as he can’t remember much from the day, including post race conversations with trainer Brown.

Dennis fields calls from well wishes, friends, his 3 twitter followers, and Oprah Winfrey whilst riding home form Kranji racecourse.

Dennis is also offering free samples of Oak flavoured UHT milk for anyone interested.

Threeandfourpence prevails in tough mile battle.

The $85,000 Macau Jockey Club Trophy (1600m) on Sunday looked like an open affair with several well backed runners adding to the intrigue of the race. Threeandfourpence was one well backed runners, and in the end proved punters correct with a tough win.

Well backed into $19, the son of War Front owed much of that hard-fought win to a well-judged ride by Michael Rodd to just hold off the fast-finishing Augustus by a pimple.

Threeandfourpence actually came from further afield than the Mark Walker-trained longshot in the early stages of the race, but got on his bike earlier, tracking favourite Vittoria Perfetta’s (Vlad Duric) every move into the home straight.

Michael Rodd gets the best out of Threeandfourpence in a tight finish to the Macau Jockey Club trophy over 1600m.

Taking a slender advantage over Vittoria Perfetta at the 250m, a combative Threeandfourpence stuck to his task tenaciously before winning the bob by a nose from Augustus in a heads-up, heads-down go to the line.Vittoria Perfetta , held on for third place another half-length away. The winning time was 1min 34.53secs for the 1600m on the Long Course.

Rodd, who has partnered Threeandfourpence to six of his eight starts and has now ridden him to both his two wins, was a picture of sheer relief at the winner’s stall.

“He’s been very frustrating. It’s just the way he races,” said the Australian jockey.I rode him negative, but I was a bit worried when we went down the dip from the 600m to the 400m. Everybody has to go through the dip, but I was able to cut back in and save as much ground as possible behind Vittoria Perfetta.”

“We let down with Vittoria Perfetta, but my bloke’s got a short sharp sprint. Anything that gets there could get us, but luckily, he went all the way this time.”

Cliff put down the laboured strides inside the concluding stages to “fatigue” and expects the Forever Lucky Stable-owned gelding to strip fitter next time out.“He’s had a change in his work, but we were very happy with him coming into today’s race.”

“He needs speed 100% and there was plenty of pace in the race. He just got there but we’ll take it.It was probably fatigue as he didn’t run for a while. Full credit to him as I think he ran really well.”

With that second win, Threeandfourpence, a globetrotting sort who came with a record of two wins from 10 previous starts across Europe, USA and Dubai, has now amassed close to $100,000 for the Forever Lucky Stable, and looks set for a very good 2020.

Cliff, Michael and Forever Lucky Racing Manager Josh enjoy the win.

Gold Kingdom gets season 2020 off to winning start.

The first day of the new racing season started well for the stable with last start winner Gold Kingdom making it two wins in a row to get season 2020 of to a flying start. The old firm of Rodd and Brown again combined with the son of Animal Kingdom who opened his winning account in Singapore at the second last meeting of 2019.

Starting the popular elect, Rodd had the handsome chestnut poised a little closer than last start as he drew barrier 1. Knowing the horse so well, Rodd got him off the rails at the 1000m and at the 700m began a move into the race. Hearts were in mouths as he copped a bad check from Silent Boss who was making his run on the outside at the same time.

Without panicking, Rodd quickly had him balanced again and set flight after Silent Boss who had entered the straight with a commanding lead. At the 200m Gold Kingdom was coming hard, and it was evident that he had the measure of Silent Boss, and drew away to convincingly win by 2 lengths.

Gold King powers away for back to back wins in the Class 5 over 1600m.

The win was most welcomed by long time stable clients Gold Stable who look forward to another successful year with their team of horses in the Brown Camp. With his 2nd win, Gold Kingdom a $45,000 purchase at the 2018 Inglis Ready to Race Sale has taken his earnings to a tick under $63,000 and looks to have some more wins to come as he gains maturity.

 

 

 

Debt Collector’s half brother secured at NZB Ready To Race Sale

Lot 129 at the recent New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Race Sale certainly caught the eye from a pedigree standpoint, with the colt by Zacinto out of the mare Prompt Payment, making him a 1/2 brother to Singapore Champion galloper Debt Collector.

Prompt Payment has had a number of her progeny offered for sale after Debt Collector, however on inspection by the team, they didn’t measure up. The Zacinto colt was a lovely relaxed colt who bears quite a resemblance to his illustrious 1/2 brother.

The Zacinto 1/2 brother to Champion Debt Collector (below) looks eerily similar to his famous older sibling

In consultation with Mr Glenn Whittenbury, the colt was secured for Barree Stable. Glenn who was hard at work on Metropolitan Golf course, was informed on the 16th hole (where he made a sloppy 3 putt bogey), that the colt had been secured to race in his famous family colours. Whilst the colt has a lot to live up to, he is a lovely individual that will be eagerly awaited by all staff in Singapore.

 

Inferno Sizzles in Saas Fee Stakes

Singapore’s best three year old’s contested the Group 3 Saas Fee Stakes on Gold Cup day, November 10th. The stable was represented by  Bluestone and Inferno, the later sent out at prohibitive odds of $6 and 5.10. For those who invested on Inferno there was little cause for concern, as Inferno and regular partner Michael Rodd made it a one horse affair.

Jumping from barrier 8, Rodd mustered speed quickly, allowing Inferno to sit prominently through the first 600m. Upon straightening, he angled the big bay into the clear, stalking the leading division, ready to explode on cue. When asked for a sprint, Inferno let rip and swept past the leading division with consummate ease and quickly established a winning break. Such was the arrogance of the win, that Rodd actually eased him down in the last 100m, to win by an easy 1 ¾ length-win from Big Hearted with Rocket Star running on for third. The winning time was 1min 9.36secs for the 1200m on the Short Course.

Inferno strolls away with the Group 3 Saas Fee Stakes.

Clearly an enormous talent Inferno has won his 4 starts in Singapore including both a Group 2 and Group 3 event. Whilst the stable acknowledges he is a very exciting horse, it is far to early to mention him in the same breath as both multiple Group 1 winners Debt Collector and Zac Spirit. Inferno will now have a break, and head towards the Three Year Old Series next year, where we look forward to seeing what he can do over a bit more ground.

Owner Glenn Whittenbury, made the trip on Saturday night from Australia after watching Debt Agent at Flemington, as did Michael Rodd. Inferno provided Michael with a nice present as his wife Cara, gave birth to their second child a daughter last week. He was excused from Sunday night’s celebrations as he again headed back to Rockhampton to be with his family.

Glenn was again joined by friends at the Singapore Turf club to watch Inferno. A regular visitor to Singapore to watch his horses, Glenn had been a great supporter of the stable and Singapore Racing over the past 6 years. It was nice nice to see that the turf club media team managed to interview Glenn at the races during this visit, as he has been a somewhat shy owner in the past.

Glenn enjoys the winning photo with friends.

Glenn has shown great faith in the team in terms of selecting horses at the yearling sales, and he is a very patient owner allowing the stable to plot the paths of his gallopers. Our thanks go to Barree Stable’s continued support. Inferno has now stretched his record to four-from-four for stakes money closing in on the $300,000 mark for the Barree Stable. He probably deserves a new hay bag for Christmas.

Brave Atlas makes it two from two

The stable saddled only one runner on the Friday November 1st meeting, and came away with a win when Atlas scored a brave victory in the class 4 over 1200m. The son of Atlante was having his second career start after winning a restricted maiden on the 29th of September.

With a lovely trial the previous week, the stable went into the race with quiet confidence he would be very competitive and this confidence grew when on Friday morning two of the eight runners were scratched. Allotted 54kg, Ben Thompson was given the ride.

Pre-race Atlas was a little excited being saddled and in the parade ring, but knowing him well this wasn’t unexpected as he knew he was about to race, and has proven to be a little “hot” around the stables since his arrival in Singapore. Although a touch tardy away from the gates, Thompson soon had him tracking nicely just behind the leaders. Coming off heels at the top of the straight behind a very slow tempo set by the leading pair, Atlas was engaged in an epic battle with Ottawa (Louis-Philippe Beuzelin) while the heavily backed favorite Vulcan (Alysha Collett) was letting down with a big run on the outside.

With three horses fighting it out, Thompson balanced Atlas up in the final part of the race and he toughed it out gallantly to eventually put a half-length in advance of Vulcan, who pipped Ottawa for second place by a head. The winning time was 1min 11.46secs for the 1200m on the Long Course.

Atlas toughs it out to make it two wins from two starts.

Jockey Ben Thompson was full of praise for Atlas.“He gave me a nice ride to the gates, but I feel he still doesn’t have an on and off button. He still traveled lovely, though.We got to the front a long way from home, but he went through the line really well.”

Popular owner Scott Bryce was joined by wife Renee and fellow owners as well as friends with a cheer squad numbering 17 roaring loudly as he crossed the line in front. Scott and partners will have Hardcore and Copacabana stepping out in the coming weeks and it would be no surprise to see Scott’s colours in the winners stall again soon. Atlas has already racked up around $70,000 in stakes earnings for the Atlas Stable from his two victories in Singapore.

Great start to Jubilant/Brown combination

The familiar blue and white diamond silks of Joshua Tan’s Jubilant Racing were back in the winners stall on Friday 18th, this time with debutant winner Flying Tourbillion.

After racing smart sorts like Tannhauser and Chopin’s Fantaisie, the local ownership outfit have had few runners in recent seasons in Singapore, and Flying Torbillion is the first horse sent by Jubilant Racing to be trained by Cliff.

Flying Tourbillon was making his debut in the $20,000 Open Maiden race over 1200m. The flashy chestnut certainly made his presence felt in a big way on raceday when he came from a midfield rails-hugging spot (courtesy of a low draw in barrier No 2) to produce his winning burst at the 300m.

Weaving his way around runners, Flying Tourbillon quickly rounded out his rivals on his way to a thumping 2 ¾-length win from Lim’s Torpedo (Tengku Rehaizat) with another debutant Clergyman (Joseph Azzopardi) third another head away. The winning time was 1min 10.28secs for the 1200m on the Long Course.

“It’s Joshua’s first horse with us. It’s great to get a win for him with our first runner together,” said Cliff.

“He’s a nice horse and is also the easiest horse to train. He’s faultless and I hope he keeps going.

“Sure, he’s a little big, but to me, he looked a winner when he was paraded around tonight.”

Rodd said that Flying Tourbillon had been rather plain in both his work and general demeanour at home, but one last gallop this week did give him a sneak peek of the engine under the bonnet.

“I didn’t expect such a run. He was a surprise packet,” said the Australian jockey.

“He’s a quiet and unassuming horse, a bit of a roly poly, fat horse. In his trials, he didn’t like the Polytrack, but he goes well on turf, and at his last gallop, I thought there was something there when I gave him a squeeze.

“Tonight, he just flew home. He got there a bit early, but he pinned his ears and kept going.

“We’ll go and digest that run. The race was set up for him, the field was a question mark.

“I think he can go on to Class 3 level and we’ll see what he’s got then. It’s great for Josh, I’ve ridden in his colours a few times and he’s a great guy to deal with.”

Jubilant Racing’s Flying Tourbillion makes a winning debut in the Open Maiden 1400m.