Connections over the Moon

Singapore debutante Moon Face made a great start to his career in the Lion City, with a commanding win in Race 3, the class 4 division 1 over 1200m. The 4 year old grey Argentina galloper who had two runs for a win and a second in Argentina, was well supported in the market on the back of an impressive trial last week.

In the stable since mid March, the grey son of Zensational was among a group of Argentine horses bound for Singapore, which were delayed due to a customs raid on the aircraft they were set to board in late December in Argentina. Covid 19 restrictions then further delayed Moon Face’s return to racing, so that when Sunday 23rd rolled around it had been some 430 days since he had last raced.

The in form R Maia shooting for his third straight win of the day, had Moon Face straight on the pace after barrier rise, settling in second place.  On straightening, Moon Face extended nicely and his winning debut was never in doubt, as he took command at the 300m and strolled in by 1.5 lengths.. Joshua Tan manager of the new ownership group Maju Racing Stable was delighted with the stable acquisition’s first up win.

Moon Face makes a great debut in the Class 4 over 1200m, with R Maia in the saddle.

Consistent mare Ararat Lady brought up a double for the stable when scoring a well deserved win in the $70,000 Beau Brummell 2009 Stakes Class 3 Division 2 race over 1000m. A superbly judged ride by Ruan Maia saw the Battle Paint five-year-old mare jump quickly from barrier No 3, letting the speedy Flak Jacket kick up on her inside. Maia bided is time, happy to let the mare travel on the leader’s outside while keeping a neck in front.

Maia allowed Ararat Lady to straighten and get her balance, just waiting for the right time to pop the question at the 400m mark. Extending beautifully under hands-and-heels riding The honest mare easily got the upper hand to win by three parts of a length to Flak Jacket. The in was Maia’s fifth of the day, with him going on to record his greatest haul of 7 winners for the day.

Clocking 58.18secs for the 1000m on the Poly track, Ararat Lady has now chalked up four wins and seven placings from 15 starts for around $220,000 in stakes earnings for the Jass Stable.

Ararat Lady proves to strong in the class 3 1000m on Sunday 23rd August.


Forever Lucky Stable seem to have laid their hands on a useful sort in Trading Post after he got on the board on debut at Kranji on Saturday, with a solid first-up win in the $50,000 Class 4 Division 3 race over 1200m. Known as Salton Sea in Australia, the Fighting Sun four-year-old raced like a veteran as he took a small gap at the 200m, and sprinted away to a commanding victory.

Trading Post ridden by Vlad Duric enjoyed a fairly trouble-free journey until the top of the straight when he looked  in a bit of trouble, snookered behind leader Ironclad and Sacred Judgement. Eventually the gap opened and the big bay shot through to win comfortably by 1 and 1/4 lengths.

Trading Post (V Duric) scores an impressive debut win on Saturday 8th August.

Josh McLoughlan, racing manager for the Forever Lucky Stable, was on track in his capacity as part of the media broadcast team, was delighted with their new acquisition’s flying start. Purchased by Josh after a debut win at Morphettville in Adelaide, Trading Post has taken a little time to get fit, and will improve on his first up run. “He was very professional and there is still plenty of improvement left in him, and I’m really pleased for the owners as they have been very patient. It’s onwards and upwards with him.”
The long awaited return of Inferno to the races was well worth the wait as he recorded a soft win at his racing comeback on Saturday 9th. Last year’s Singapore champion two-year-old was ridden for the first time by Vlad Duric in the $70,000 Class 3 Division 2 race over 1200m. Owner Glenn Whittenbury watched the race live from his home in Australia, with his family and his beloved dog Vito on his lap.
The Holy Roman Emperor four-year-old strolled in by 1 ¼ lengths from Legend Of The Sun with Golden Flame third another length away. The winning time was 1min 9.66secs for the 1200m on the Short Course.

Inferno scores a soft win in the Class 3 Div 2 1200m.

Inferno won the first four races from his previous five starts, including the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe (1200m) and Group 3 Saas Fee Stakes (1200m), and until the forced suspension of racing due to the Covid 19 pandemic was looking to emulate another Barree owned galloper Debt Collector by taking on the three year old series in April and May.

The Singapore Three-Year-Old Classic (1400m) has had the ‘3YO’ annotation dropped to the more generic Group 2 Singapore Classic (1400m) given its rescheduling this year to August 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first Leg, the Group 3 Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint (1200m) was cancelled outright while the Group 1 Singapore Guineas (1600m) is maintained as the third and final Leg on September 26.

Cliff was obviously delighted with Inferno’s performance. “He was very impressive. He did it very easily and , he also ran very good time. He will now head towards the Singapore Classic and eventually the Singapore Guineas, that’s the plan for him.” Glenn was contacted by many of his Singapore friends after the victory, but they were put on hold as immediately post race he took his other love, Vito for a victory stroll around the blocks of Kew. Vito has become Glenn’s therapy dog, as stage 4 lockdown in Victoria are in effect, and the Barree principle is unable to get to Singapore to watch his equine collection in action.

Glenn with his pride and joy Vito.

Glenn with his best friend Vito. The two share an emotional bond.


After nearly 4 months away from the race track, Pax Anami made a great return to racing with a commanding win in the Class 3 Division 1 over 1400m on Sunday the 2nd Of August. The 5 year old son of Rebel Raider was purchased in Australia after winning a maiden at Ballarat when racing as “Cat Raider”.

His last start in the Group 2 Stewards’ Cup (1600m) was no indication of how well the horse was going, as he found an enormous amount of trouble and couldn’t get a crack at them when the sprint came on at the 300m mark.
A touch slow out of the gates, new rider Vlad Duric positioned the big bay a touch better than midfield on the outside about six lengths off the leader and favourite Strong N Powerful. Duric then improved his position to sit in a striking spot at the top of the straight. With a confident display of horsemanship, Duric rounded up the leaders and in the last 200m finished better on the outside to win with half-a-length to spare.

Pax Anami with Vlad Duric aboard gets the upper hand in the Class 3 Div 1 over 1400m.

Cliff has penciled in the Group 1 Singapore Derby (1800m) as a possible next start for Pax Animi on September 6th.“That was a good win, but I think there is still a lot of improvement to come out of this run. At his last run, he got badly held up in the straight and that was it. If not for that, he could have run a lot closer. We’ll quite possibly look at the Derby for him.”

With that third win from five starts, Pax Animi has now collected around $110,000 in stakes earnings for Buffalo stable’s Peter Lee and Nick Johnston. Both gentlemen were also in the ownership of Group 1 winner Laughing Gravy which also carried Nick’s all apricot colours.

Stable bids farewell to Bonnie Mares

2019 Singapore Champion 4 year old What’s New and the well performed mare Filibuster both left the stable this morning to commence 2 weeks Pre Export Quarantine before flying to Australia for the upcoming breeding season.

What’s New owned and bred by long time stable clients Greg And Lisa Perry, became a very valuable broodmare proposition with her outstanding 2019 where she won the Group 3 Silver Bowl and Group 2 Stewards Cup and ran a Gallant and unlucky 4th in the Singapore Derby. Also adding to her value in 2020 have been the wins of Pussycat Dream’s 2nd and 3rd foals in Australia and New Zealand.

Pussycat Dream, purchased privately by Cliff for Greg and Lisa has a perfect record with all 3 of her progeny to race winning. The Singapore connection will continue with her 4th foal (now a two year old by El Roca) to be raced by Greg and Lisa Perry, and other stable clients including Glenn “Haybag” Whittenbury, Dennis “the Anchor” Cornwell and Jon McGuiness. Her fifth foal by Tarzino may also head to Singapore. We wish What’s New all the best, and she may well catch up with her old pal Muss Dusty who is already back at Vinery stud.


Cliff with What’s New Champion 4 year old Trophy

Mighty Mare What’s New wins the Group 2 Stewards Cup.

Giant 5 year old mare Filibuster will join What’s New on the trip back to Australia. Raced by Mark Chadwick and partners, Filibuster finished her racing career with a creditable 5 wins, 1 second and 2 thirds for a tick under $218,000 in prize money.

Filibuster commenced her racing career in brilliant fashion, winning her maiden by over 3 lengths, and then at her second start breaking the 1100m poly track record running a sizzling 1.04.16 to blow away her rivals. At opposite ends of the size spectrum (What’s New 445kg’s and Filibuster 580kgs) both look to have great futures at stud, and who knows their progeny may end up racing in the Lion City.

Filibuster smashes the 1100m track record at her second start.


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.