Stable Quinella in Group 2 EW BARKER Trophy

Racegoers witnessed one of the best two horse wars of the season, when stablemates Mister Yeoh and Zac Kasa cleared out to make it a two horse race in the $500,000 Group 2 E W Barker Trophy on Friday evening, 9th of November. Both handicapped on the minimum 50kg for the time honored event, punters felt the Cliff Brown pair would be the two to beat, and they were spot on with the pair trading favoritism until barrier rise with Zac Kasa starting marginally in front of Mister Yeoh at $15.

From barrier rise Zac Kasa took up his customary position leading, with Dance In The Wind also up there, and Mister Yeoh with Australian Apprentice Ben Thompson riding, stalking the pair. Rounding the turn, Dance In The Wind found the going to tough and Mister Yeoh loomed up to Zac Kasa and the pair put a big break between themselves and the rest of the field. Over the last 300m in was a two horse war, with the stablemates going head to head, before Mister Yeoh got the upper hand in the last 50m.

It was Melbourne Apprentice Ben Thompson’s first Group race win, and his professionalism and willingness to follow instructions shows that he will be a force in racing in the coming years. He was accompanied in Singapore by his father Jason, who thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Zac Kasa lost no admirers in defeat, and remains one of the best 1200-1400m horses in Singapore as his Group 1 second in the Lion City Cup can attest.

Mister Yeoh and Ben Thompson get the upper hand in the shadows of the post in the EW Barker trophy.

At the end of the day it was a superb effort from both stable runners, with the 1.5kg advantage to Mister Yeoh probably the deciding factor in the end. The win in the $500,000 Group 2 feature again capped a great run for the stable in the feature races in Singapore. Two Group 1, two Group 2 and two Group 3 victories as well as multiple placing in other Group races for season 2018 is a great result, and with a host of promising horses in the stable, the feature races in 2019 will again be in the stable’s sights.

Owner Nick Turnball (2nd from right) was track side and overcome with emotion after the victory.

It was the second win for Cliff in the EW Barker Trophy with a stable favorite What Now successful in the 2012 edition under the guidance of Joao Moriera. Nick Turnball took time out of his hectic schedule to stop over in Singapore to watch the race live. Mr Turnball witnessed and made mention of another training masterclass from Cliff, and commented that he had never seen a horse glowing so much in the mounting yard.

Mister Yeoh, bred by Nick Turnball out of his mare Wai Lin, herself a daughter of Nick’s Group 1 winning filly Miss Pennymoney recorded his 4th win from just 8 starts and his second group race win in Singapore. He has now won over $671,000 in stake money and is clearly among the best 4 year old’s in Singapore.

 

Debt Collector wins Queen Elizabeth II Cup, a Royal Week!

If you believe in Omens, then there was no way Debt Collector would not win the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Kranji on Sunday 21st October. In the week leading up to the race, the World Wide media were carrying a story of a break away from Royal protocol in Australia, the likes of which for it’s spontaneity, affection and of course it’s effect on a young Australian lady had not been seen for many a long year. The young lady in question was of course none other than India Brown, daughter of Cliff and Jo who has been a staunch Monarchist since the age of 8 and quite possibly the biggest fans of Prince Harry and Prince William on the planet.

Camping out in Melbourne since 4am, to catch a glimpse of the Royal couple Harry and Meagan, Prince Harry was drawn to a sign prepared earlier by India, which said she had been there since 4am, and stated her affection for the Royal family. After a quick verbal exchange the world watched as Harry and India embraced and India became the envy of Royal fans around the globe. Respecting the monarchy, India declined most interviews requests after the event, but Australian viewers were enlightened as to what the meeting meant to her when she spoke to Channel 7 news. Without a doubt, her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II, a most avid racing fan, would of been quite satisfied stroking her corgi’s as she watched Debt Collector take out the race named in her honour, after the events in Melbourne.

Prince Harry hugs India Brown, sending the World-Wide media into a spin!

Sent out a clear favorite after his astonishing Raffles Cup victory, Debt Collector assumed his normal position at the tail of the field, this time with two behind him. Racing on the long course jockey Michael Rodd bided his time, allowing DC to cruise around the long home turn, keeping the front runners in his sight. Peeling out at the 400m with nearly the whole field in front of him, Rodd stoked up DC and he rapidly made ground on the pack.

What transpired was a sooner-than-expected burst to prominence with Debt Collector quickly putting paid to the challengers of the prominent runners Countofmontecristo, and the well-fancied pair Jupiter Gold and Circuit Land. By the 200m Debt Collector had left the entire field in his wake. With the majority of his victories, achieved by steaming over the top of his rivals in the last 100m, Michael Rodd had to keep DC’s mind on the job in the last 200m, and he scored by a comfortable length, from the fast finishing Majestic Moments.

No heart failure in QEII Cup as DC and Rodd have it in their keeping at 200m.

Owner Glenn Whittenbury was on his feet roaring home Debt Collector well before the line, secure in the fact that DC had wrapped this one up earlier than he usually does and was able to enjoy the last 100m without any coronary fibrillation’s. Glenn was mobbed by friends and well-wishes after the race all enjoying the moment, and steeling themselves for what was going to be another night of punishing, but euphoric celebrations.

Glenn Whittenbury and friends enjoy the victory in QE II Cup.

The staggering statistic of nine Group 1 victories in the last three seasons, together with other multiple Group and feature race wins, not just recently but in Cliff’s entire time in Singapore, is testament to Cliff’s ability to select, buy, train and manage horses to peak at the right time. Ably assisted by B Trainer Tim Fitzsimmons and a group of dedicated staff, Cliff rightly pointed out in his post race interview that it is a massive team effort by all involved.

Staff enjoy celebratory banquet at the stable on Tuesday.

With his fifth Group 1 victory, and 10th win overall, Debt Collector took his earnings past $2.7 million. It’s been an incredible return to greatness for Debt Collector and a journey shared with many friends Glenn has made in Singapore. No horse has ever won the Singapore Triple Crown. The final leg, The Singapore Gold Cup on November 11th, will be a tough task given it’s a handicap, and DC will have to carry top weight. The decision whether to run in the Cup will be made by connections in the coming weeks.

 

Grey Race to Race Double!!

Friday the 19th of October proved a very successful night for the stable, with three runners yielding 2 wins and a third. The two winners were both grey’s with Miss Dusty bouncing back to her best form and the highly promising Zac Kasa returning to the winners stall.

The first leg of the double saw the Greg Perry bred and owned Miss Dusty return to top form with an effortless win in the class 4 over 1100m on the poly track. The wide draw of 9 in the field proved no concern with Michael Rodd having the daughter of Reliable Man quickly out of the gates and up sitting outside the leader. On straightening she quickly got the upper hand over Soldado, and shot away to win softly by nearly 3 lengths.

The win continued the great breeding record of Greg’s mare Asciano Miss, who’s progeny have all raced in Singapore. Golden Sword has won 5 races and over $230,000, Nova Swiss 6 races and a tick under $380,000 and now Miss Dusty with her second win and two second place finishes in just 5 starts has won over $110,000. Sadly Asciano Miss passed away, but she may have left the best to last with Miss Dusty sure to add to her already impressive record.

Miss Dusty blasts to victory in race 6 on Friday evening.

The second winner was Zac Kasa who reminded all at Kranji of his huge potential in winning the Kranji B over 1200m. The pre-race hype was with the favorite Bold Thruster a very impressive winner of his only 3 starts all by big margins. With a feather weight of 50kg’s and Zac Kasa carrying 55kg, the “experts” and tipsters shied away from the Brown/Rodd combination and the imposing grey beast. However, both trainer and jockey were very confident that Zac Kasa would return to his best.

The doubters were made to eat humble pie, as Zac Kasa settled beautifully for Rodd just off the speed and stalked Bold Thruster through out the early stages of the race. Entering the straight Rodd confidently gave Zac Kasa a squeeze and he began to issue his challenge, eye balling the new “boom” horse in Singapore form the 300m mark. What looked likely to be quite an epic battle over the last 250m of the race, didn’t eventuate with Zac Kasa proving way to strong, even with a 5kg difference in the weights. Zac won by nearly a length and was drawing away on the line.

The win didn’t surprise any involved with Zac Kasa least of all Cliff and Michael Rodd. Race goers should of  remembered that the usually reserved Cliff did say after Zac Kasa’s first victory that he may well be the best horse he has had in Singapore.

Zac Spirit burts the undefeated Bold Thruster’s bubble in the Kranji B over 1200m.

Special mention must be made of the dedication of B Trainer Tim Fitzsimmons, who has along with Sabri his work rider and with the help of starters John Pepe and Damian Kinnimont, worked tirelessly and professionally with Zac Kasa who was basically a barrier rogue early on in Singapore. Tim and Sabri have looked after Zac Kasa at the barriers for every one of his races and one cannot underestimate their contribution in the continuation of Zac Kasa’s improvement as a racehorse.

The Zac owned gelding has now had 3 wins, 3 seconds and a third from 9 career starts and $380,000 in prize money. Purchased by Cliff from the Newhaven Park draft at the 2016 Sydney Easter Yearling Sales, Zac Kasa looks to have a huge future in Singapore given his improving race and barrier manners. The fact he is by Victoria Derby winner Reset, one would suggest he should appreciate further ground. He will next step up to 1400m in The Group 2 $500,000 EW Barker trophy on November 9th and will look to give the stable a second win in the race after What Now (now Switzerland resident) saluted in 2012.

Mister Yeoh just to strong….

The second Leg of the Premier Gateway International Jockeys Challenge was the $80,000 Kranji Stakes C Division 2 race over 1200m on Tuesday the 25th. The race featured Aussie rider Kerrin McEvoy, teaming up with Cliff Brown and riding the Australian owned galloper Mister Yeoh home in the second Leg, the $80,000.

Mister Yeoh, the winner of the Group 2 Singapore Three-Year-Old Classic (1400m) in March, was a hard luck story when running on 12th of August when as he was taking the lead that day, a horse on his inside carried him right off the track, and he finished a most unlucky fourth.

Race programming had made it difficult to find a suitable assignment since that race with the hope of stretching the son of Wanted out to 1400m. With no suitable race around, the Kranji Stakes C over 1200m was selected, and whilst Mister Yeoh did look the best horse in the race, he would have to carry top weight of 59.5kg.

Cliff gave Kerrin McEvoy the instructions to let him roll forward, and lead if necessary without expending any energy. The Australian hoop then produced a superbly judged ride, allowing Mister Yeoh to sit second behind the leader and stalked him to the turn. Quickly McEvoy let the big bay cruise to the lead in the straight, and in a superbly judged ride, didn’t pull the persuader until about the 150m. Mister Yeoh responded and under his big weight easily held out Chocante by a length. The winning time was a slick 1min 8.92secs for the 1200m on the Long Course.

Mister Yeoh proves to classy in the Kranji C over 1200m

The win by Kerrin McEvoy went a long way to helping Team Australia win the inaugral PGI International Jockey Challange.

Mister Yeoh has been a model of consistency, now having won three races from just six starts and a tick under $360,00 for his Australian owners Nick Turnball, Peter Hoban, and Gary Davey

Paul Robbins, Cliff and visiting Aussie rider Kieren McEvoy collect the trophies.

 

 

 

Debt Collector claims 4th Group 1 with astonishing Raffles Cup Victory

Racing is a game of highs and sometimes heartbreaking lows, however Sunday the 23rd of September will be a date long remembered for all associated with the stable as Debt Collector claimed his second Raffles Cup, and 4th Group 1 victory in Singapore.

A plan hatched by Cliff and owner Glen Whittenbury at the end of 2017, saw Debt Collector return to Australia for a complete break from racing and the stable environment for 6 months. DC returned bigger, stronger, refreshed and as snakier as before after enjoying the paddocks of the Kelly family owned Newhaven Park Stud in New South Wales. The stable were very confident that he was somewhere near to getting back to his best form after a great first-up second to Preditor in the Group 3 Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m) on August 12, 10 months after his last Kranji appearance.

The 2018 Raffles Cup field was one of the best fields assembled in Singapore for many years, featuring 10 other proven Group winners, headed by Singapore Derby winner Jupiter Gold, Circuit Land, Clarton Super, Mr Clint and stablemate Group 3 winner and multiple Group 1 placed Elite Excalibur. Punters shared the stable’s and jockey Michael Rodd’s optimism sending DC out as the $11 favorite.

From barrier rise is was the typical Debt Collector race we have all witnessed before, with DC being allowed to smoke his pipe at the tail of the field. Up front it was soon evident the connections of Coutofmontecristo had a new tactical plan sending him to the lead and stringing the field out. All at the Kranji Raceourse had their hearts in their mouths when the field cornered as still last with 500m to go, Debt Collector had at least 12 lengths to make up, and Countofmontecristo had opened up an enormous gap of the rest of the field.

At the 200m with still possibly 6 lengths to make up, it appeared that he would run a nice second or third. The leader Counteofmontecristo was getting tired and both Circuit Land, Jupiter Gold and Clarton Super were all starting to bridge the gap. However, as has become his custom DC launched a staggering final 200m surge, again lugging in to intimidate those he was passing. With a turn of foot rarely seen, DC charged over the top of those in front to score by a short half head from Circuit Land, with a masterful display of timing from regular rider Michael Rodd.

Debt Collector steams home to win the 2018 Raffles Cup

Stable rider Michael Rodd has done a power of work on Debt Collector riding him in gallops and trials, and it was as much a victory for the Rodd/Brown combination and their faith in Debt Collector as a victory for anyone else. The Rodd/Brown combination has had remarkable feature race success in the last 3 years. Rodd has now won 8 times on Debt Collector and shares the most winners he has had on a horse with super mare Atlantic Jewel. In a nice bit of icing on the cake, Cliff made it three Raffles Cup victories in a row with Debt Collector winning in 2016, Gilt Complex in 2017, and now again with Debt Collector.

Michael Rodd accepts Raffles Cup Jockey trophy.

Friends of Debt Collector revel in the Raffles Cup victory.

What made the victory all the more special was a number of Barree Stable’s close Singapore friends were on track to witness Debt Collector’s breathtaking win. Paul Robbins, Nick Johnston, Guy Shirtliff and Dennis Cornwell all joined in the victory straight after the race. Emotions were running high as the enormity of his win sank in, but also on reflection that a 12 month plan had come to fruition.

Jo Fitzsimmons (wife of B trainer Tim Fitzsimmons) and Cliff accept owner and trainer trophies.

Holidaying Barree Stable Manager owner Glenn Whittenbury, his wife Jen and children Gabrielle and Gregory and Jen’s extended family watched the race live in Greece. There have been reports coming out of the small village of Zagoria in the Epirus region of Northern Greece, that a bald Australian put on a quite a show the likes of which had never been witnessed by the locals before. The man’s behavior has been apparently been described as a mix of violent shaking, uncontrollable euphoric emotion, coupled with hysterical yelling at an audible level loud enough to start a small landslide in the local surrounding hills. It was also reported that in the confusing scene made by this tourist that the proprietors of the cafe didn’t know whether to call the police or an ambulance. Apparently Glenn’s roaring of his mighty champ home in the last 200m, is still echoing in the surrounding hills.

Post race, Glenn quickly made contact with the stable saying that celebratory drinks were on him. After checking the day’s runners and making sure DC had come through the race in good order , The DC crew congregated at the Martini Bar at the Hyatt, followed by further celebrations at the night club Brix. Glenn knows he got off quite cheaply in the end, as his enormously generous gesture could of easily have been taken advantage of by some of his more dubious Singapore friends.

Debt Collector’s victory was his ninth in Singapore from  just 19 starts, his fourth Group 1 victory and sixth Group win overall. He has now amassed over $2.2million in prize money and will now be set for the Group 1 $1,000,000 QE 11 Cup on October 21st, this year run over 1800m.

As the old adage goes: “form is temporary but class is permanent” and this is so true in the case of Debt Collector. Once again Cliff has shown his incredible training ability to bring him back to form, maybe even better than he was when dominant in 2016. The stable can only thank owner Glenn Whittenbury for giving his mighty horse every possible chance to come back to his best, and we hope that this remarkable ride with DC will continue in the near future.

Raffles Cup celebrations on Sunday evening.

 

Glenn Whittenbury celebrates his champ DC’s win in Greece

 

Tottie runs a cracker!

Racing brings together many people from all walks of life, and many life long friends are made. Nick Johnston, Paul Robbins and Glenn Whittenbury all met through racing in Singapore and after enjoying each other’s success on the track and company off it, decided that they should race a horse together. Thus, with long time stable client Greg Perry a partnership was formed to race a filly by So You Think out of the mare Palos De Lago that was purchased at the 2016 Gold Coast National Yearling sale.

Named Cracking Tottie, which loosely translates to Beautiful Girl, the filly entered the stable in June 2017. Showing plenty of promise on the training track she was sent to the races with only one trial under her belt in November with the hope that while fresh a short distance of 1200m would suit. Finishing down the track, she was sent for a break and with a first up 5th in February she then racked up two seconds and two thirds from her next four starts.

Having escaped major injury with a barrier mishap, being scratched and having to return to the trials, Tottie did look well placed with a step up in distance to 1600m. After flirting with that maiden win for a while, Cracking Tottie finally smashed the door wide open under an inspiring ride from Michael Rodd in the $38,000 Kranji Stakes D race over 1600m on Friday night 21st of September. A daring mid race move was made where Rodd swept around the field off a slow tempo and then pulled clear in the straight to win by a widening 2 lengths.

Cracking Tottie Stable members Paul Robbins and Nick Johnston were on hand to enjoy the victory.

With her first win now under her belt, she has a tick over $70,000 in prize money in the account for the Cracking Tottie stable and with the confidence gained she should add substantially to this in the near future.

Sir Isaac back in Winners Stall

Talented Dream Ahead gelding Sir Isaac produced a barnstorming finish to claim the Kranji Stakes A over 1200m on Friday 7th September. Ridden for the first time by New Zealand (and now Singapore based) Alysha Collett, Sir Isaac had to overcome a good field which included race favorite and 9 time winner Distinctive Darci.

Collett allowed Sir Isaac to settle at the tail of the field in the 1200m scamper, and with a light weight and big sprint, it was just a case of whether Sir Isaac could reel in the pack. Collett came with a brilliantly time run to land the prize. On hand to witness the win were Nick Johnston, Paul Robbins and friends which included racing enthusiast Mr Ho.

 

Sir Isaac steams home to win the Kranji Stakes A on Friday September 7th.

Sir Isaac hadn’t greeted the judge since August 2017, but has been a model of consistency. Knee surgery to remove a small knee chip early in the year, had sidelined him, but a huge first up run over 100m on August 17 where he ran second, showed that he had made a complete recovery. A horse that possesses enormous natural ability, Sir Isaac looks certain to add more wins in the very near future.

Raced by Greg Perry and Singapore ex pats Nick Johnston and Paul Robbins, Sir Isaac has now had 3 wins and 9 placings a has earned more than $300,000 in stake money. Greg Perry enjoyed a weekend double with his classy filly What’s New winning on Sunday 9th.

DIVIDED HOUSE A NEW MUM

Former Kranji galloper and stable favorite Divided House gave birth to her first foal this week. Retired from racing and returning to Australia for Divided House stable manager Mark Chadwick, it was decided by Mark that her first “date” would be with new Snitzel stallion Wandjina who stands at Newgate Farm. Wandjina defeated a crack field to win the Australian Guineas at Group 1 level. The resulting mating has produced a lovely athletic filly.

Divide House’s first foal. A filly by Wandjina.

 

Divided House was from the first crop of boom stallion I Am Invincible, and was a great advertisement for Singapore racing, having raced 23 times for 5 wins, 6 seconds and 3 thirds for stake money of over $314,000. The Divided House Stable colour’s are currently being flown with distinction in Singapore through the deeds of exciting mare Filibuster, a winner of 3 of her 6 starts, and the consistent gelding Tales Of Summer who has had two wins and numerous placings this year.

Filibuster currently flying Mark Chadwick’s colour’s in Singapore.

 

Over the past couple of  years Mark has been setting up a 150 acre horse property in Western Australia which he has named Shelbourne Park. Divided House joined her older half sister Zac Seduction which Mark purchased after she finished racing in Singapore, as part of his current 8 strong broodmare band. Zac Seduction has a two year old colt by Choisir which Mark sold at the yearling sales, and has a yearling by Casino Prince and is in foal to Divine Prophet. Divided House’s next date will be with Newgate’s stallion Extreme Choice, himself a Blue Diamond winner.

horse of the year turf club

Great Return for Debt Collector in Jumbo Jet Trophy

2016 Horse of the year, Debt Collector made his long awaited return to racing in last Sunday’s Group 3 Jumbo Jet Trophy. Cliff and Barree Stable Manager Glenn Whittenbury decided to give Debt Collector a significant break from racing after some respiratory issues plagued the star galloper in the second half of 2017.

The triple Group 1 winner was sent back to Australia for a 5 month break at The Kelly family’s Newhaven Park Stud. Newhaven Park were the breeders of Dual Singapore Champion sprinter Zac Spirit, who himself had a break there before returning to Singapore to claim a second Lion City Cup and Champion Sprinter accolade. Zac Spirit now lives a permanent life of luxury in retirement on the famous Kelly family nursery.

Debt Collector returned to Singapore in May and clearly looked a more physically stronger horse after his holiday in Australia. Given a patient build up by Cliff, Debt Collector has had one lead up trial with an excellent 3rd, showing his customary dash over the last 200m.

Sunday’s Jumbo Jet Trophy saw Debt Collector carrying 58kg, giving the majority of his rivals weight. On jumping Debt Collector assumed his usual position with only a few horses behind him, and regular rider Michael Rodd had him traveling smoothly. Racing on the long course, Rodd decided to cut the corner before bring DC out to the middle of the track at around the 300m to unleash his customary burst.

Quickly making up ground on those in front Debt Collector surged to the lead in the shadows of the post, only to be caught by Preditor who had made a withering run from well back with visiting Hong Kong apprentice M Poon aboard. In the end Preditor got there by a nose form the gallant Debt Collector who had not raced for 294 days.

Preditor noses out Debt Collector in the last bound in Sunday’s Jumbo Jet Trophy

With that run under his belt, and a return to weight for age racing coming up Debt Collector is sure to be a major player in the feature races coming up in September, October and November.

 

A Good Weekend

The stable saddled up 6 runners over the Friday 20th and Sunday 22nd July weekends racing, with the excellent result of three winners and two seconds. On Friday night the most consistent Denman gelding Lohnro Gold finally opened his account in race 5, a restricted maiden over 1000m. A model of consistency, Lohnro Gold had run three seconds and two thirds before staving off the late finish of two year old Street Blade, whom h was giving 7kg’s.

Lohnro Gold proves to strong in the RM 1000m on Friday

Purchased at the 2015 Inglis Ready To Race Sale for $40,000, the Gold Stable owned Lohnro Gold has now one over $109,000 in stakes, again highlighting the great prize money on offer in Singapore. The win also capped off a great night for Michael Rodd who had three rides for three wins.

On Sunday the Stable had two representatives in the Restricted Maiden over 1200m. Recent stable addition three year old Attention and two year old Uncle Mo, would fly the flag for the stable. After an excellent debut 5th, Uncle Mo had a significant weight advantage against the three year olds, and under the guidance of lightweight jockey Barend Vorster who sprinted away in the last 200m for a commanding win. The $40,000 Inglis Ready To Race graduate looks to have a very promising future. Attention ran a great second on debut and looks to have an excellent future in Singapore.

Talented type Uncle Mo scores in impressive fashion in the RM over 1200m.

The third winner came by the way of the ever consistent 3 year old Kranji Gold. Similar to Lohnro Gold, he had racked up a number of placings in 8 starts in Singapore and got the nod in a thrilling 5 way finish. With his restricted maiden win, Kranji Gold who was purchased at the NZB breeze up sales for $77,500, has now won over $106,000 and looks to have plenty of wins in store.

Kranji Gold proves to strong in a thrilling finish in the RM over 1600m.