WHAT’S NEW IMPRESSIVE AT SECOND START

Greg Perry’s mare Pussycat Dream had a stint in Singapore after winning her only start in the UK. With a lovely pedigree it was decided by both Greg and Cliff that she would not race in Singapore and she returned to Australia to become part of Greg’s wonderful broodmare band. Pussycat Dream’s first mating was with Casino Prince and the resultant offspring was named What’s New and sent to Singapore in  2017 for her racing career.

On Friday 19th, at her only her second start, What’s New proved way to classy to score an emphatic 2.5 length win in the restricted maiden over 1200m. Placing 2nd at her first start in late October, Cliff again showed his renowned patience before producing the filly for her second start.

Jumping from barrier 9, jockey Michael Rodd allowed What’s New to find her feet and she settled in a nice rhythm a little worse than mid field. Coming to the turn, Rodd angled What’s New to the outside and she still had about 5 lengths to make up on the leading division.

What’s New easily wins her second career start in restricted maiden over 1200m

 

Given her head, What’s New cruised up to the leaders and quickly found the lead at he 200m mark. After a rally from Kiss Your Song, What’s New’s class kicked in a she steamed away for a very soft win. The ease of her victory suggests that she has a very promising future, as Michel Rodd concluded after her second trial in Singapore “she’s above average this girl”.

Super treble gets new season rolling!

After a couple of minor placings at the first two meetings of the new season, the stable roared into life with a treble on Friday 12th of January from just 4 runners. The Gold Stable owned Kranji Gold in race 2 was the runner to miss out, but ran an excellent race to finish second. Gold stable didn’t have to wait long to enjoy a win with Golden Sword winning his second race in a row in race 6, the class 3 division 1 over 1200m on the poly track.

Golden Sword makes it back to back wins in the Class 3 Division 1 over 1200m.

Golden Sword unleashed a powerful finish from well back in the field to prevail by a nose over the heavily backed Augustano. With his win, Golden Sword has now taken his record to 5 wins, a second two thirds from just 13 starts and has amassed a tick under $210,000 in prize money.

The second leg of the treble saw the very promising Draco demolish a very good field in the second division of the class 3 1200m. Taking up his customary position at the tail of the field, Michael Rodd had the big bay traveling sweetly before pulling him wide to commence a run at the 500m. In a great turn of foot Draco stormed away to a most commanding win by just over two lengths. With 4 wins and 4 seconds from 12 starts and now over $210,000 in prize money, Draco is certainly a horse going places.

Draco scores an emphatic victory in The Class 3 1200m Division 2.

The Rod Hyland and Premier Racing owned Baffert, put the writing on he wall with an excellent barrier trial last week when wearing blinkers last week. He lined up in the last race on Friday, a class 4 over 1100m. Awkwardly placed rounding the home turn, Rodd was able to angle the big bay out and once he saw daylight he sprinted clear for a very strong win.

Excited Connections enjoy Baffert’s victory

Owner Rod Hyland was on hand to witness his  first winner in Singapore, as were members of the Premier Racing Syndicate who race Baffert. It was a case of patience rewarded as some niggling issues meant that Baffert’s Singapore debut was put on hold. Now in form, the ease of his win suggests that it wont be long before he visits the winning stall again.

 

Three Awards for Gilt Complex caps a great year.

The Singapore Racing Awards for season 2017, were held at a gala function at St Regis Hotel on Monday January 8th. The stable had a number of nominations in various categories, and at the end of the evening Gilt Complex was rewarded for his superb end to the season which culminated in back to back Group 1 victories in the Raffles Cup and Singapore Gold Cup.

Gilt Complex was crowned Champion Stayer and Champion Older Horse, as well as taking out the award for the Most Improved Horse for the year 2017.

Our congratulations to owners Graham Mackie and Trish Dunell for their year with Gilt Complex, and continued support of Cliff Brown Racing. In a huge team effort the stable was represented by Assistant trainer Tim Fitzsimmons and jockey Michael Rodd as well as other owners and friends. Cliff was on the Gold Coast looking for the next super star at the Magic Millions yearling sale.

Gilt Complex will head to Dubai at the end on January for a number of races, and if his performances warrant it, he may run on Dubai World Cup night in the Dubai Gold Cup over 3200m.

 

2017 Singapore Gold Cup

DC starts Holiday

Stable Star and 2016 Singapore Horse of the Year Debt Collector arrived earlier this week at the famous Kelly owned Newhaven Park Stud to commence his spell in Australia. Having served two weeks Quarantine in Singapore, Debt Collector had to spend a further two weeks Quarantine in Melbourne before taking the road trip to Newhaven Park Stud.

Newhaven Park Stud has been a family owned and run stud for four generations and has been the nursery for many Champions of the Australian Turf. The farm is famous with it’s connection to perhaps the most significant Stallion making race in Australia the Golden Slipper. They have bred 4 Slipper winners (Prowl, Burst, Vivachi and John’s Hope), owned another winner (Maruading) and have stood 3 more winners (Luskin Star, Maurading and Tierce). As well as this Newhaven have bred an/or owned another 12 Slipper placegetters.

Debt Collector is following a similar path to former stable mate Zac Spirit who was sent to Newhaven Stud for a spell in late 2015, before returning to Singapore to claim a second Group 1 Lion City Cup and Singapore Champion Sprinter Award in 2016. Bred, raised and sold by Newhaven Park, Zac Spirit is now enjoying a magnificent retirement at Newhaven Park.

DC has arrived in Horse Heaven, Newhaven Park Stud.

Debt Collector will no doubt enjoy the lush and tranquil surrounds of Newhaven Park Stud over the next few months, and is very fortunate to have owner Glenn Whitennbury who always does things in he best interest of his horses. We look forward to DC’s return mid year for a tilt at the Triple Crown later in 2018.

Zac Spirit is enjoying a magnificent retirement at Newhaven.

 

 

 

 

GOLD CUP GLORY FOR GILT COMPLEX

Singapore Cup day some 12 months ago, the stable was cheering home Melbourne Cup winning jockey Corey Brown aboard Gilt Complex in the Kranji stakes C over 1800m, the consolation race for Gold Cup aspirants that did not make the field. Feeling somewhat bemused by the handicappers decision to leave Gilt Complex out of the 2016 Gold Cup, Corey remarked post race that had he gained a Gold Cup start he would of been a huge light weight chance.

Fast forward to Sunday, and a plan hatched a year ago by Cliff together with owner Graham Mackie came to fruition, with Gilt Complex winning the 2017 Singapore Gold Cup, in one of the best finishes seen in many years. Racing is such a tough game and more often than not plans do not come off (particularly 12 month plans!), but in a training masterclass by Cliff, Gilt Complex peaked at exactly the right time, to prove he is the best stayer in Singapore and add the third leg of the Triple Crown to go with his Raffles Cup Victory some 3 weeks ago.

With a perfect draw in 2, and with stable jockey Michael Rodd able to take the ride with stable star Debt Collector not attempting to add the Gold Cup this year to his fabulous CV,  the omens were looking good for Gilt Complex to run the race of his life. What Gilt Complex had to contend with was a recent race history of light weight winners and also one of the most open Singapore Gold Cups for many a year, which included stablemates Elite Excalibur and Laughing Gravy.

Using his good gate to advantage Rodd was able to have Gilt Complex out quickly and had him well positioned before the first turn, which was critical as it was a charge of the light brigade with those drawn wide looking to cross over towards the front of the field. Elite Excalibur was one of these, but unfortunately stable mate Laughing Gravy copped severe interference with Emporer’s Banquet looking for the rail when not clear and clearly costing the big bay 3 or 4 lengths as Craig Grylls had grab hold of Gravy so as not to fall.

From there a genuine tempo was set with leaders Order Of The Sun and Forever Young matching strides with Elite Excalibur in the “one back and one out” position next to last year’s winner Bahana followed by Gilt Complex on the outside of Newlands. With 800m to go the runs started to commence with Newlands the first to make a move, attempting to angle out, faultering and dropping back through the field. Rodd avoided the back wash and on straightening had Gilt Complex in the clear and ready to let rip at the top of the straight some three lengths off the leading pack.

With the leaders weakening, it looked like last years winner Bahana and Elite Excalibur had the race between them, going toe to toe up the straight with Gilt Complex grinding away just behind them, and Majestic Moments setting sail down the outside. At the 200m with the three nearly in a line and no room between for a improving Gilt Complex, Rodd switched the big son of Gold Centre back to the rails. Once clear on the rails Gilt Complex found another gear and with all jockeys throwing everything at their mounts, Gilt Complex and Bahana hit the line together with Elite Excalibur inches away. Race Caller Matthew Jones’s voice “It’s a photo in the Gold Cup” echoed around Kranji Racecourse.

The decisive move…Michael Rodd charges home late on the rails to Claim the 2017 Singapore Gold Cup.

Trained to the minute, Gilt Complex out stays them to grab Gold Cup Glory.

It took an agonizing few minutes for the result to be known and when number 2 went into the frame, joy took over. An emotional Rodd paid tribute to the team effort heaping praise on both Cliff and B trainer Tim Fitzsimmons for their incredible efforts with the team of horses, and of course the courage of Gilt Complex on the biggest stage of them all. There were great scenes at the winners stall with owners and connections joining in for the post race photo’s and then the formal presentation post race.

Michael Rodd salutes the bumper Gold Cup Day crowd.

Cliff, owner Trish Dunell and Michael Rodd with the much coveted Gold Cup Trophies.

Happy Connections!

The Gold Cup, one of the Jewels of Singapore Racing

Stable mate Elite Excalibur was incredibly brave in running third, (his third Group 1 placing this year), and is sure to capture Group 1 Glory in Singapore. Laughing Gravy battled on into 8th place with pre-race plans ruined by being bumped after jumping and copping a severe check at the winning post the first time round.

The Gold Cup victory continued the stable’s great run in the feature races in Singapore, winning the last two group 1’s of the season to go with a record haul of 5 Group 1 wins last season.  This season the stable also had Group 1 2nd place finishes in the Patron’s Bowl (Elite Excalibur), QE 11 Cup (Laughing Gravy), Raffles Cup (Elite Excalibur), and 3rd place in the Kranji Mile (Debt Collector) and the Gold Cup (Elite Excalibur).

Gilt Complex has been a revelation since joining the stable in March 2016, and through Cliff’s careful planning has achieved the ultimate success. It’s been a huge team effort with from his Syce Shar looking after him so ably to all the other syce’s and track riders contributing to the success. Sure to be crowned 2017 Champion Stayer, Gilt Complex is now a dual Group 1 winner and has amassed over 1.5 million for owners Graham Mackie and Trish Dunell. Still lightly raced, the 6 year old will prove to be a major force in the feature races again next season.

 

 

 

 

FILLY BUSTS TRACK RECORD

Progressive three year old filly Filibuster again displayed her enormous potential with a blistering win in race 7, a class 4 over 1100m. The time of 1.o4.16 seconds demolished the Class 4 record over 1100m, and set a new course record for the 1100m on the poly track. This electric time was even more impressive given rider Manoel Nunes was very kind to her over the last 100m. In fact he didn’t use the persuader at all doing the run.

Sent out a $7 favorite on the strength of her effortless debut victory on October 6th, favorite backers had some worries as the talented yet headstrong filly was again difficult to load in the gates. Again a superlative effort by Assistant Trainer Tim Fitzsimmons along with Starters Damien Kinnemont and John Pepe finally coaxed the big daughter of Ilovethiscity into the gates once Nunes had dismounted.

Drawing barrier 1, it was really just a procession from there, as Filibuster began quite quickly and assumed what may become her customary role of leading the field. Uncle Lucky after 200m tried to assume the leaders role but Nunes was having nothing of it allowing a little rein for the big filly to maintain the lead. Traveling sweetly into the straight, Nunes allowed her to balance up, before hitting the afterburners at the 300m, and Filibuster coasted to line 3 and half lengths clear in the staggering time of 1.04.16, a new track record.

Flying Filibuster breaks the 1100m poly track record on Friday evening.

Raced by Divided House Stable, Filibuster is now 2 from 2 and already pocketed over $75,000. Manager Mark Chadwick watched the race from Perth, and was thrilled with the victory. There would be no doubt that Filibuster has pulled up a lot better than the manager of Divided House on Saturday morning.

GILT EDGED GROUP 1 GLORY

Gilt Complex provided the stable with a back to back victories in the Group 1 Raffles Cup with a commanding victory under the skillful guidance of A’lsisuhairi Kasim on Sunday 22nd. A field of 12 contested the the 1800m Group 1 contest, and while the stable were confident that Gilt Complex would run well, he was friendless with punters starting the race as one of the outsiders.

The step up to 1800m, a sharp barrier trial on Tuesday and the addition of blinkers for the race all combined well for Gilt Complex. Add to that some excellent form references, and a hungry Harry aboard, then perhaps the dividend of $222 for the win were overs.

Allowed to settle just off the cracking speed set by Forever Young, Harry had Gilt Complex stalking the leader and at the 400m quickly went past Forever Young. From there it was a case of who would be the challengers with Countofmontechristo, Elite Excalibur and Lim’s Cruiser all setting out after Gilt Complex. All tried hard but in the end they were no match for Gilt Complex in the last 200m as Kasim rode hard and Gilt Comlplex out stayed his rivals

Gilt Complex had 1 and 3/4 lengths to spare over stable mate Elite Excalibur who was expertly handled by John Powell and enjoyed a return to a firmer track. Debt Collector managed sixth, whilst Laughing Gravy also felt the very firm track to bring home the field. Cliff has a great record in The Raffles Cup. He has now won the race twice, after previous runner up finishes with Clear For Action and Deep Pockets.

 

A jubilant Harry Kasim lands his first Group 1 winner aboard Gilt Complex

New Zealand owners Trish and Graham Mackie have been long time supporters of Singapore racing and their colours are best known through the deeds their champion Spalato. Whilst not on hand to witness another Group 1 success they were delighted to again see their colours salute in a feature Group 1 race in Singapore. Gilt Complex will now go on to contest the Singapore Gold Cup over 2200m.

Happy Connections enjoy the Group 1 Victory

The stable continues to be a force in the feature races in Singapore. Whilst the Raffles Cup was the first Group 1 victory this season (after 5 wins last year), stablemate Elite Excalibur added his second Group 1 runner up in the Raffles Cup to go with his second placing in the Patron’s Bowl earlier in the year. Laughing Gravy ran second in the Group 1 QE 11 Cup and Debt Collector added a Group 1 placing in the Kranji Mile to his enormous CV. The Raffles Cup quinella capped up a good day for the Stable with Tales Of Summer opening his account after a string of excellent performances in race 1.