DETERMINED DRACO

Olympian Stable’s progressive 4 year old Draco, put a luckless first up run behind him, to land the prize in the last race on September 15th, the class 4 over 1200m. After copping a very rough passage last start to run 6th, punters still rallied behind Draco who started a $21 favorite in what was a much stronger field than last start.

Jumping from barrier 13, Michael Rodd had no real option than to let Draco drift back from his wide gate and on settling he had only two other runners behind him. With those in front starting wide runs, Rodd elected to ride for luck, cutting the corner and patiently waiting for the gaps to appear in the straight. At about the 250m mark Draco saw daylight and Rodd let rip with Draco quickly hitting the lead.

Happy Connections greet Draco inthe winners stall. His 3rd win from 9 starts.

 

On hand to enjoy the victory was Astley Phua manager of Olympian stable. Draco is a very progressive horse and the son of Falkirk has taken his record to an impressive 9 starts for 3 wins and 2 seconds and over $136,000 in stake money. Olympian Stable’s Athena ran very well earlier in the evening when an unlucky third in race 6.

REWARD FOR CONSISTENCY

Long time stable client Gold Stable’s consistent three year old Gold Reward collected his first victory after notching up 3 seconds and 2 thirds from his 5 career starts. A very short priced favorite, Gold Reward was having his second run this preparation in the 1600m maiden on Sunday 10th September.

With an excellent first up second and the addition of blinkers, the stable were very confident that Gold Reward would open his account. With stable rider Michael Rodd on board, this assessment seemed well founded as Gold Reward settled 4th in the running, and then on straightening quickly surged to a clear lead early in the straight.

Still learning his craft, Gold Reward began to coast in the last 100m, allowing the charging pack to get very close, but responded well to Rodd’s urging to hold out the challenges and record a well earned win. Rodd commented after the race that Gold Reward has a great deal of ability, but is still relatively inexperienced when it comes to putting it all together on race day.

Gold Stable’s famous colours were again seen in the winners enclosure on September 10th

Further racing should see Gold Reward fulfill his potential, after his confidence boosting win. With the ability to quicken over a short distance, he has the versatility to be ridden close to the pace, or take a sit and unleash a powerful finish. The win was a welcome change of luck for Gold Stable who have recently had other Gold Stable horses Gold Crown, Gold Hill, and Hot Gold notch second place finishes.

AUGUSTANO BACK TO BACK VICTORIES

New owners King Power Stable enjoyed their second victory in Singapore when Augustano proved to strong in the class 4 over 1200m on Sunday September 10th. Having chalked up his first win for his new Thai owners in a restricted maiden on August 20th, Augustano made it back to back wins taking his record to a now impressive 4 starts for 2 wins and a second and over $90,000 in stake money.

With stable rider Michael Rodd unable to make the weight on race day, Manuel Nunes proved a more than capable replacement. The concern going into the race was that Augustano had drawn the outside barrier, however with a fast break from the gates Nunes had Augustano in the lead after going 200m. From there the leading rider of the past two seasons rated the son of Hard Spun perfectly and on straightening he went for home and quickly dashed clear setting up a winning break which he held to the line for a most impressive victory.

Augustano surges to an impressive victory in the class 4 over 1200m, notching back to back wins.

Augastano with Barend Vorster aboard provides King Power Stable with their first winner in Singapore

On hand to enjoy the victory was racing manager Vichit Pongsriiam, whilst other connections watched the race from overseas. With seven horses in the stable and some well bred horses among these, King Power Stable can look forward to some exciting times ahead as their crop of horses mature and are placed to advantage by the stable in the coming months.

SUPER SIR ISAAC

Dream Ahead 4 year old gelding Sir Isaac made a sensational return to racing after a 96 day break after contesting the three year old series culminating in the Singapore Guineas in May. With excellent form over 1200m and 1400m in the first two legs, Sir Isaac found the 1600m of the Guineas to far, which prompted a change of tact with him to be kept to sprinting distances this time in.

The Kranji C over 1100m on Friday looked a tough assignment first up with a number of promising horses contesting the event. Sir Isaac had tuned up nicely for the event with a couple of nice trials, but was meeting some race fit up and comers. Having thrown a way a couple of races through inexperience, it was going to be very interesting to see how the now 4 year old had matured mentally.

Michael Rodd rode an outstanding race, allowing Sir Isaac to settle a little worse than mid field. Approaching the 600m, Rodd got on the back of race favorite Walking Thunder who had made his move around the field prior to entering the straight. As the horses straightened Rodd cruised up to Walking Thunder before giving Sir Isaac full bore at the 250m and he found another gear storming away to a brilliant 2.5 length victory. It was a thoroughly professional effort by Sir Isaac who went straight as a gun barrel when asked to go in the straight.

 

 

Happy Connections!

On hand to enjoy the victory were Sir Isaac stable members Nick Johnson and Paul Robbins and friends, while Greg Perry stayed up late in Sydney to watch the handsome boy storm to victory. With his second victory to add to five runner ups and one third, the ever consistent Sir Isaac has now won a tick under $200,000 in stake money, and looks to be another very astute yearling purchase for Singapore by Cliff.

 

 

KRATOS GOES BACK TO BACK

Olympian Stable 4 year old Kratos, made a successful return to the races with a hard fought victory in the Class 4 1000m on Sunday 13th of August. After an injury enforced layoff, Kratos had not been seen at the races since a close up 2nd placing on January 29th behind the smart horse Nova missile.

Following this first up win Kratos stepped up to class 3 company over 1000m on Friday 1st of September. This time with Barend Vorster taking the reigns. Kratos with a light weight again showed sustained speed followed by a strong kick to take out the race by a length.

Two in a row for Kratos, taking out the Class 3 over 1000m on Friday 1st September.

 

Vlad Duric urges Kratos to the line first up on August 13th

With these two victories Kratos, a son of New Zealand stallion Guillotine, has been a model of consistency,  taking his record to 8 starts for 3 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third, and stake money of over $160,000 for Olympian stable. Whilst off the scene since January, again patience by both Cliff and Olympian stable has prevailed. Hipefully more victories will follow.

 

 

400 SINGAPORE WINNERS-Quite a Journey

Cliff trained his 400th winner in Singapore, when Guilt Complex took out the Class 3 1400m on Sunday 13th of February. Whilst the stable has been full, and enjoying an excellent last couple of season’s, this certainly wasn’t the case when Cliff, his young family and staff arrived in Singapore in November 2007.

Accompanying Cliff was Assistant trainer Tim Fitzsimmons, who has been with Cliff the entire time in Singapore, and Racing Manager Chris Bock, who returned to Melbourne after 2 years in Singapore but returned to continue the role in 2012. Learning the customs of a new country and new work environment was a challenge for all, particularly when the stable had no horses in the stable to start with.

Just prior to the team leaving for Singapore, Australian racing was rocked with an outbreak of Equine Influenza. This outbreak not only led to the cancellation of Racing in New South Wales, but a ban on all horse exports from Australia. Earmarked to come to Singapore were 14 horses that Cliff had trained in Australia, and these horses didn’t arrive in Singapore until April 2008.

So for the first 6 months, the stable had to build from having no horses to train, to get enough horses to start having an impact in Singapore. Quite a few off casts from other stables found their way into the stable, and Cliff and the team quickly showed their talents in particular when taking over Daring Commander who had not won for 10 months, and turned his form around to win 5 more races, with many minor placings. Daring Stable’s manager Sunny Lim was one of the bigger owners to support Cliff Brown Racing early on, and we enjoyed many winners in those initial years. Daring Commander still holds pride of place with his picture in the office as a horse who helped the enterprise get going.

A core group of owners, in particular Greg Perry from Australia have supported the stable from the start, and without his support and that of other owners, gaining a foothold in Singapore Racing would have been all the more difficult. Local staff, including Stable Supervisor Jaya, senior track rider Sabri and many of our syces, have been with the stable since it started in 2007, and it has been a huge team effort by all those involved.

From humble beginnings, the stable continued to grow, and in 2011, Cliff won Singapore’s most prestigious race the Singapore Derby with Clint for one of Singapore’s biggest owners Oscar stable. Many feature races have followed since, with last year Cliff becoming the first trainer to win 5 Group 1 races in a season since racing started at Kranji Racecourse.

 

Guilt Complex storms home to bring up Cliff’s 400th winner in Singapore

In a very competitive environment with some trainers having huge backing from prominent owners in their native countries, Cliff and the team have continued to build and expand the stable with the focus on quality not quantity. This philosophy and attention to detail sees the stable continually have one of the best strike rates in terms of winners to runners, and also win and be a major player in the major races in Singapore.

A big thank you to all our staff, and stable clients who continue to invest in racing in Singapore and Cliff Brown Racing. We have met a lot of great people, many of whom have  become great friends during the last 8 years.