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.

 

 

 

 

Satisfying Swiss Ace Stable Success

Long time stable client Greg Perry had no hesitation in naming giant Swiss Ace gelding Clokey after the hulking Western Bulldogs player Travis Cloke who joined the bulldogs at the start of 2016. Purchased by Cliff at The New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales in 2015 for $35,000, Clokey was left in NZ to grow into his enormous frame and didn’t arrive in Singapore until November 2016. Once here he has been patiently handled, and was turned out a few times as he still had to mature into his massive frame.

After two excellent trials, Clokey was well in the market for his debut jumping at the quote of $21. Michael Rodd had Clokey out of the gates quickly taking advantage of his good barrier of 3. Sitting second behind High Limited until the turn, Clokey eased off heels and a line of 4 set sail for the finish. Clokey showing great tenacity quickly fought of his challengers and had a widening length to spare on the line. A promising future awaits Clokey as he still has much to learn about the racing caper, and with a giant stride he may well get over ground later in his career.

Michael Rodd aboard Clokey

The second leg of the Swiss Ace double saw Golden Sword score an astonishing last to first victory in the bench mark 67 over 1000m. The highly touted son of Swiss Ace had not raced for right on a year, having to sit out after a second ban for bleeding following a trial in March. A winner of his first three starts, Golden Sword was highly rated by the stable before knee surgery halted his racing. A couple of unlucky runs were followed by a bleeding incident in November 2016, and again earlier this year in a trial.

The decision was made to persevere with Golden Sword and he was sent for a long spell. A patient build up followed with a three trials before making his reappearance in a race on Sunday. All looked lost when Golden Sword bungled the start and settle down at the tail of the field. Not much changed heading into the home straight with Rodd having to make up about 12 lengths in the straight. From the 400m Golden Sword could be seen to be making good ground and it looked likely he would run a nice closing 4th or 5th. Angling out at the 200m mark, once in clear air, the older full brother of quality Singapore galloper Nova Swiss sprouted wings, flying home to clearly grab the massive Olympian Eagle on the line.

Golden Sword storms home from last to grab the OB67 over 1000m on Sunday 26th.

Stable Client Greg Perry also played a part in the second leg of the double having bred both Golden Sword and Nova Swiss from his broodmare Asciano Miss. Asciano Miss has a Reliable Man filly booked to come to Singapore in January and will be raced by Greg under the Tarnpirr stable. We can’t wait for he arrival.

 

 

 

Great seven days for Olympian Stable

Olympian stable had an astonishing 7 days having three runners for 3 winners from Friday 18th of November to Friday 25th of November. Starting off the great roll was the highly promising 4 year old by Showcasing, Deimos. With Stable rider Michael Rodd suspended, stand in jockey Vlad Duric produced a pearler of a ride in torrential rain to land the Classs 3 over 1100m on Friday evening. Simoly to good for his rivals Deimos

The Brilliant Deimos scores in heavy rain on Friday 17th November

Super consistent mare Athena claimed her second victory on Sunday 19th in a class 4 over 1400m. In all 13 starts Athena has only finished outside the top 3 on one occasion. After a second wind operation mid year it has been fantastic to see Athena win two of her last three starts. She has now taken her stake earnings over $161,000.

Giant Filly Athena proves too strong in the class 4 1400m on Sunday 19th.

Rounding out the trio of victors was one of Manager Astley Phua’s favorite horses Ares, who returned to the winners stall to land his 4th victory in Singapore. Astley was at the Tattersalls Horses in Training sale when Ares (previously named Hard N Sharp) was purchased. Lovingly nicknamed “The Gangster” by Astley due to Ares often exuberant behavior around the stable and in the mounting yard, the son of Approved stormed home for a brilliant victory with Michael Rodd aboard in the Open Benchmark 67 over 1400m. Ars has now won a tick under $250,000 in stake money.

Ares and Michael Rodd steam home to victory in the OB 67 1400m

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.

 

 

 

 

HARVEY GOES BANG!

Pacifiers and a slight change in training routine, saw three year old gelding Harveywallbanger notch up his first victory in Singapore at just his second start, in the $75,000 Restricted Maiden over 1200m on Friday November 3rd. Whilst the stable has always had a good opinion of the $45,000 purchase by Cliff at the 2016 Gold Coast National Yearling Sale, his highly strung nature had not made his early days in Singapore simple.

With a tendency to rush things and not settle in his work, Cliff quickly gave Harveywallbanger a short let after an initial 6 weeks of work in Singapore. This, as well as gelding him, slowly saw an improvement in his attitude and temperament, however he still had a lot to learn. His debut run showed that he would improve with race experience and with a well spaced out second assignment,  Friday saw a very fit, well behaved Harveywallbanger who showcased his talent on race night.

Apprentice I Amirul, sporting partner Nick Johnston’s all Apricot colours, began brilliantly out of the gates, and under strict instruction quickly got The Wallbanger to settle nicely underneath him. Traveling sweetly to the turn Amirul pushed the go button at the top of the straight and a winning break was quickly established. Whilst the winning margin was reduced to a length on the line, the race was never in doubt from the top of the straight.

Harveywallbanger stretches out to the line to win by a length.

Harveywallbanger’s owners were spread far and wide throughout the globe on Friday night. Majority shareholder Greg Perry was home in Sydney celebrating his son’s last year 12 exam completed earlier in the day and Harveywallbanger provided a nice end to the evening. Nick Johnston a racing tragic, was in Delmar for the Breeders Cup, whilst both Cliff and Shane Tatham were also in Australia.

Stand still Harvey, It’s photo time!

 

Perhaps the son of Casino Prince may develop a bit of a cult following with owners and happy punters sure to raise a Harveywallbanger or two at pubs and clubs after each success! With a fair bit of maturing both physically and mentally to come, and further honing of his racing craft, the fans of Harveywallbanger should look forward to quite a few more drinks.

Harveywallbangers all round earlier in the year!

 

 

Willaroon: an integral part

With the majority of horses purchased to race in Singapore by the stable either being yearlings or 2 year old ready to race horses, there is always going to be an amount of time needed to have horses both educated and mature enough prior to their importation into Singapore. Being based in Singapore it’s critical to have the right people looking after our clients valuable racing prospects, both in terms of their expertise and trust.

Since setting up in Singapore nearly 10 years ago Cliff Brown Racing has been very fortunate to be able to agist our Australian purchases at Willaroon Thoroughbred Agistment in Victoria. Willaroon Thoroughbred Agistment is located about an hour from Melbourne along the Hume Highway, and is owned and operated by Sally Watkins. Sally has been a friend of Cliff’s for many years and has a very select clientele. Her picturesque property is never over stocked, and her attention to the care and well being of horses under her care is second to none.

Recent Inglis Ready To Race purchases Animal Kingdom/Bellasinga Colt and Your Song/Tusko gelding enjoying the lush paddocks at Willaroon

Individual care expertise and attention set Willaroon apart from most Agistment operations.

Recent Purchase Inglis ready To Race Purchase Lot 76 Uncle Mo/Clementine Colt at Willaroon

The list of horses bound for Singapore that have graced the paddocks of Willaroon and been reared and cared for by Sally and her team include the mighty Zac Spirit, Groenewegen, Zac Influence, Merchant, and Gold Run to name just a few. Current youngsters Don De La Vega, Spiffing’s Bridge, Cracking Tottie, Zac Kasa, Harveywallbanger, Lohnro Gold and Roughead all spent time at Willaroon before being shipped to Singapore

We thank Sally for her continued professionalism and guidance, and fingers crossed the Ready to Race purchases residing there now may include the next Singapore champion.

 

 

 

ROY’S FIRST WINNER

Stable apprentice Nuh Komari (Roy) notched his first race winner aboard Certainly in the last race on Sunday the Open Benchmark over 1200m. Indentured to Cliff Brown and gaining his apprentice jockey license 6 months ago, Roy was having his 24th race ride and had notched four 3rd place finishes before Certainly provided his first winner as a jockey.

Following instructions to the letter, Roy allowed Certainly to settle at the tail of the field as the leaders set a cracking pace. It wasn’t until the straight that Roy gave Certainly his head, and he quickly began to make ground weaving a passage through the field. With 100m to go and Roy punching out Certainly hands and heals, Certainly took a split between the leaders and dashed through to victory. Whilst most punters seemed bemused by the $391 shot’s victory, nothing could detract from the excitement of Roy’s first victory.

Stable Apprentice Nuh Komari drives Certainly home in the OB 67 over 1200m, notching his first race winner.

Having an uncle who was a syce with The Michael Clements stable, sparked Roy’s interest in horses and he decided to enter the world of horse racing. Roy started as a Syce with Bruce Marsh and quickly graduated to track rider and then was granted his C grade Apprentice license, allowing him to ride in trials. Roy’s progress was however halted in 2013.

Roy experienced the lows of racing suffering multiple spinal fractures in 2013 when being dislodged from a horse whilst employed with Bruce Marsh. A long rehabilitation after spinal surgery ensued, however with the support of his family and a determination to follow his passion, Roy returned some 18 months later.

In early 2016 Roy started employment with Cliff Brown Racing, and 6 months ago after riding in over 40 trials was granted his license to ride in races. Roy is an affable character and hard worker and we expect his win on Certainly to be the first of many winners.