EVERGREEN SPLICE-The Perfect Advertisement

One of the stable favorites, 7 year old Splice produced another excellent performance to win his 7th race in Singapore and take his career earnings to a tick over $320,000 when saluting in the Class 4 over 1400m on Friday evening. Whilst no super star, Splice’s consistency is remarkable for a 7 year old, with him hardly ever running a bad race. With 9 minor placings and 10 fourth’s to go with his 7 wins, he again is a superb advertisement for Singapore racing and the prize money on offer here.

Regular rider Michael Rodd knows Splice as well as any jockey knows a horse, and this knowledge again proved vital in his victory. Splice always travels kindly in his races, but he has only a short sharp sprint which can be devastating when produced at the right time. After an excellent 3rd at his last start Rodd allowed Splice to settle midfield from his barrier 3 on Friday evening, and nursed him up the straight before easing him to the outside with about 200m to the finish.

First pocketing Duric aboard Mr Crowe, Rodd then gave Splice full throttle at the 200m and he wore down the heavily backed favorite and promising Noble Liaison with 50m to go. The margin of .2 of a length would of been greater as under fierce pressure from the mighty Splice, Noble Liaison rolled out over the last 100m and took Splice with him. Simply a 10 out 0f 10 ride by Rodd on Splice, a very capable, consistent and tough racehorse. We love you Splicey!!

Splice is not only much loved by stable staff, but also holds a soft spot for jockey Michael Rodd, being among Michael’s first few winners when first arriving in Singapore. Splice was bred by Cliff’s father, Don a very astute breeder who quickly booked mare Tahitian Gem to Dubawi when he was available in Australia. Now one of the world’s greatest and most sought after stallions, that foresight has certainly paid dividends with Splice now a 7 time winner in Singapore.


Promising 4 year old Magstock franked some excellent form to win with a last to first burst in the Kranji Stakes C over 1600m on Sunday. Magstock has always been held high regard by he stable, and his owners have been very patient allowing Cliff to take his time and not over tax him early on in his career. Whist contesting the three year old series and running well, it was clear that there still was a lot of physical development to come. With that in mind he has been sparingly raced with a view to tackling loftier goals as a four year old.

With an excellent and unlucky first up third to stablemate Gilt Complex on February 12th over 1400m, the step up to 1600m looked ideal and punters certainly saw it that way sending him out as favorite. From his wide gate, jockey Michael Rodd allowed Magstock to settle last in the field, and things were looking good as a fast pace ensued from barrier rise. From the 600m, Rodd started to make his move circling the field and the big bay began to go through his gears and hit full throttle at the 250m. It what turned out to be a pretty soft win, Magstock surged to victory by 1/2 length.

Magstock was purchased at the New Zealand Ready at Race Sales for $50,000 and was by a relatively new sire at the time, Tavistock. Tavistock had an astonishing 6 months post this purchase, and it was clear that Magstock would be exceptional value for money.

Purchased for a group working for Tullow Oil in Singapore, who now are scattered around the globe, with his 4th win from 15 starts, Magstock has now won a tick under $200,000 for the group. He looks certain to add to that tally now’s he’s a bigger and stronger article and still on the improve. The Singapore Derby will be his major mission later on in July.

Earlier in race 1 it was great to see the oldest horse in the stable, Hot Gold return to the winners stall. A stable favorite, it had been some time since his last victory, but the strength of win in the class 5 over 1200m suggests the old boy may have a few more victories left in him.

Barry by a nose!

When part owner Scott Bryce nicknamed Copacabana “Barry” after entertainer Barry Manilow, i’m not sure he could of predicted how prophetic the nickname would be. Not only famous for his music, Barry Manilow also gained world wide notoriety for the size of his nose. Scoring a gutsy win in the Restricted Maiden over 1200m on Friday 10th March, the equine “Barry” showed just how important having this large piece of anatomy can be.

Being produced in great order first up and jumping from barrier 7, rider Michael Rodd allowed Copacabana to settle midfield. On the home turn the leading division went a touch wide, presenting a lovely rails run for Rodd to drive Copacabana through. What then transpired was a dogfight first of all with stablemate Athena, then with the fast finishing Justice Light. With a beautifully judged ride and Copacabana showing an enormous will to win, “Barry” stuck his head out when challenged on the line. After an anxious wait Copacabana’s number went in the frame. “Barry” had prevailed by a nose. A Big Beautiful Nose!

Gelded after his initial campaign, connections had to be patient as some extensive work needed to be undertaken by farrier Rory McDonald after his third race start. The time given for Copacabana’s front hoof to grow down again, also enabled him to mature both physically and mentally. A much stronger and powerful equine specimen greeted observers in the mounting yard pre-race, and he raced up to his looks.  Rodd reported after the race, that he still has a fair bit to learn about this racing, but was extremely impressed by the way he fought to the line.

On track to witness the victory were owners Scott Bryce, Darren Heffernan, Ian Sanderson and Johnny Ng, with the rest of the owners watching on in Australia. Those on track were still there after the last race enjoying the spoils of victory. With a bit to learn, and expected improvement, it would appear that connections may well have some exciting times ahead with Barry.





Graham Mackie owned Gilt Complex continued his rise in Singapore’s staying ranks with his 3rd win in a row, taking out the Kranji C Stakes over 1700m on Sunday the 5th. Partnered by Michael Rodd, Gilt Complex had to carry 59.5kg and was having only his second start on the poly track. Allowed to settle in fifth, and angled out in the straight by Rodd, He showed tremendous fight and class to win drawing away by close to a length.

A close up 3rd in the Group 3 El Dorado Classic behind eventual Gold Cup winner Bahana October 30th 2016, left the stable with a feeling of what might gave been, as Gilt Complex’s supposed lead up run of 2000m prior to the El Dorado Classic was scrapped and he went into the race having to jump form 1600m to 2200m.
Beaten less than a length, Gilt Complex then had a rating on the limit for a start in the Gold Cup, but the handicapper used his discretion and he didn’t make the field.

Gilt Complex then won on Gold Cup day over the Gold Cup distance of 2200m in a Kranji Stakes C, with a bemused jockey Corey Brown commenting that he would of been a strong contender in the Gold Cup field with a light weight.

Spelled after this run, Gilt Complex has returned a stronger more seasoned horse, again highlighting Cliff’s ability and patience to have horses keep improving from one campaign to the next. With his second win of 2017 Gilt Complex is now a winner of 6 starts with 5 placings from 18 starts and has earned over $310,000.

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.


Stable super star, and Singapore 2016 Horse of the year, made his much anticipated return to racing on Friday 10th of February. Lining up in the Canada Cup over 1400m, Debt Collector had to carry top weight of 58kg in the handicap event and was giving weight to all 7 of his rivals. Having not run since his group 1 Raffles Cup victory on October 30th, Cliff turned out the Thorn Park 4 year old in superb order. Astute race goers would have noted, a much stronger and mature Debt Collector who took all before him in 2016.

Lining up in race 7, Debt Collector would again have to cope with a track favoring horses on the speed and close to the rail. Plans were hatched by connections not to alter his racing pattern and let him settle at the tail of the field and let him storm home. After Jumping,  Debt Collector settled in last place and by the 600m mark Rodd had tacked onto the back of the runners who were quite closely bunched. Rounding the home turn Rodd pulled him to the outside and what race goers witnessed was a breathtaking turn of foot that had Debt Collector go from last to first in the space of 200m. Such was his ascendancy that Rodd was able to ease up on him in the closing stages of the race and allow him to coast to vicyory a one and a quarter length victor.

Again on hand to witness Debt Collector’s return to racing was Barree stable manager Glenn Whittenbury, who was delighted with his 8th win in row in Singapore. Now a regular visitor to Singapore, Glenn has made many friends here, and enjoyed the victory celebrations both on track and afterwards in town. If Debt Collector travels to Dubai, I’m sure quite an entourage will follow.

Debt Collector has now won $1.45 million in prize money from 8 wins from just 11 starts. The deeds of Debt Collector once again have showcased the ability of Cliff to develop a young racehorse and manage their racing to perfection. Special mention must go to B trainer Tim Fitzsimmons for his tireless work and expertise, along with Debt Collector’s  hard working Syce Boy, Track rider Sabri, and all the staff who continue to help turn the stable horses out in superb condition.

Debt Collector’s win brought up a double for the stable with Lim’s Archer continuing his improved form to win race 3 the class 4 over 1200m with Vlad Duric in the saddle, after earlier Key On Kodiac had saluted in the first race, only for the race to be declared void due to a false start.







The ever consistent 4 year old Nadeem gelding Certainly came with a withering burst to win the class 4 over 1800m on Sunday 5th of February. The Auric owned galloper has been a model of consistency since arriving in Singapore and scored his 3rd win to go along side his 6 seconds and two thirds from 18 starts. Taking his stake earnings above $200,000, it again highlights the great return to owners racing a horse in Singapore.

Ridden again by Micheal Rodd, Certainly was snagged back after jumping to settle 3rd last. Under instructions to hold him up for as long as possible, Rodd tracked into the race and pulled the big bay out at the 200m and he unleashed a devastating sprint to win by 1.5 lengths. Post race Rodd admitted to going to early at his last ride on Certainly, and the ease of his win suggests that he should be in the winners stall in the very near future.

Purchased by Cliff at the Inglis Ready to Race Sales in 2015 for $80,000, Certainly remains a lightly raced 4 year old who has plenty of upside. Auric stable have been great supporters of Cliff Brown Racing and they’re famous red and yellow colours are sure to feature prominently again this racing season



Olympian stable continued their good early run in 2017, when highly promising Draco scored a superb victory in the last race on Friday 17th of February.  Draco returning after a short let up, was an impressive winner of the restricted maiden over 1200m on Sunday January 29th, coming from well back in the field. With a horror draw again, it was decided to adopt similar tactics in the Class 4 over 1200m on Friday night.

With last start rider Michael Rodd suspended, Gerard Mosse was given the assignment of steering the son of Falkirk at his fourth race start. Draco was eased towards the rear of the field after jumping, in a similar fashion to his previous start. Upon entering the straight Draco was giving the leaders an enormous start and even at the 200m it appeared that he wouldn’t gather in El Camino who had surged to the front.

The last 200m was a sight to behold as Draco lengthened stride and powered down the middle of the track to get up in the shadows of the post. Continuing to improve with race experience, Cliff believes he’ll be an even better horse over 1400m and 1600m. Draco seems to have a very bright future in Singapore.

Draco is one of a number of very promising 3 year old’s in the stable with fellow Olympian owned Deimos and Athena, Sir Isaac, Could Be Pearls and Mr Fatkid all set to step out again in the coming weeks ahead of the three year old series commencing on March 23rd. With Cliff’s patience and timing all will be given their opportunity to try and make their mark on the three year old series.



WHAT a fabulous life right NOW

From Perth to Singapore, Singapore to Switzerland and Snow! That’s the passport stamps of 2012 Group 2 EW Barker hero and winner of over $500,000 in his Singapore race career. What Now.

Now affectionately known as “Wally” What Now was retired in June 2014 and found a home at The Singapore Polo club with then Singapore ex-pat resident Sonja Burgi. Over time, with patience and skill Wally was transformed into a competent jumper and dressage horse, and is now also ridden by Sonja’s 70 year old mother Ursula and husband Andreas has been known to take him for a spin!!. What makes Sonja’s achievements with Wally all the more impressive is, it should be remembered that only the best jockey in the world Joao Moriera was able to win on What Now, such was his array of tricks. He has truly become one of the Burgi family.

When Sonja’s husband had to relocate to Hong Kong for an outstanding employment opportunity, the decision had to be made on where to relocate the equine family member. Destination Hong Kong became very difficult logistically when a strangles out break at the turf club had implications on the exporting of horses from Singapore. It was decided that Wally would be sent to Sonja’s home country of Switzerland. Recently Sonja returned and forwarded photo’s of Wally’s first ride in the snow.

We can’t thank Sonja enough for life she has given What Now post racing. It was love at first sight when they first met each other, and I’m sure Sonia wouldn’t mind me saying…..He’s a very spoilt boy.





Talented 3 year old Sir Isaac opened his winning account with a comfortable 1 and3/4 length victory in the restricted maiden over 1400m at Kranji on January 8th. Sporting the all Apricot Silks of owner Nick Johnston, Sir Isaac is owned by the same partnership that raced Wall Street Boy. With Nick and Paul Robbins on track and Greg Perry watching the race live in Australia, connections never really had any moments of concern as jockey Michael Rodd shot away at the top of the straight and he went to the line a comfortable winner.

Whilst always showing ability, Sir Isaac had proved a touch frustrating running 4 seconds in his first 5 starts, and narrowly missing the prize on a couple of occasions through his waywardness and lack of race experience. However, the step up to 1400m was ideal and he does shape as a horse that may well get over more ground in the future. Still a work in progress and lets not forget a young horse, the owners can look forward to an exciting 2017 as there seems to be plenty of scope for further improvement with their talented son of Dream Ahead.

Sir Isaac was purchased by Cliff from the 2015 Magic Millions yearling sale on the Gold Coast, and has now amassed nearly $100,000 in prize money, once again showing how lucrative racing a horse in Singapore can be.