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.

IS DON……IS GOOD

Barree Stable’s racing colours which have become so recognizable in Singapore through the deeds of 2016 Horse of the Year Debt Collector, and stable mate Could Be Pearls again saluted on Sunday 29th, this time with Don De La Vega in the restricted maiden over 1400m.

The son of Loup de Vega which was purchased by Cliff at the Inglis Classic Yearling sale in February 2016 for $45,000 had only had three previous starts, and showed he had his foot on the till with a close up second to Silent Boss on October 8th. With Barend Vorster committed to another ride, apprentice I Amirul was giving the job of guiding the big gelding on Sunday.

Amirul had Don De La Vega right on the speed early from barrier rise, and after traveling about 400m took over the lead. Given a breather mid race, The Don entered the straight with Basilisk right by his side. The two had a couple of lengths up their sleeve on race favorite Tesoro Privado and settled down to an epic battle up the straight. Don De La Vega did not yield and pulled out all stops to win by a half a length, with a perfectly executed ride by Amirul.

Don De La Vega proves to strong in the Restricted Maiden

Barree Stable Manager Glenn Whittenbury has a soft spot for the Don, as he very much enjoys the attention of his owner when he visits the stable when in Singapore, unlike a certain other horse he owns which is affectionately known as the snake. The Don wouldn’t hurt a fly.  The Snake (Debt Collector) on the other hand would rather bite a finger or an ear off his loyal owner when he’s in his box and to the great amusement of staff, many have witnessed DC’s antics with his owner. Once outside his box however, Debt Collector is much more pleasant and will happily be patted and pose for photographs.

Don De La Vega on the other hand loves attention and gratefully receives the affection of his owner. Now taking his record to a win an a second from just 4 starts and a tick over $57,000 in stakes, I’m sure the Don can look forward to some more kind attention from his happy owner, and maybe an extra mint or two.

FILLY BUSTS TRACK RECORD

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

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

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

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

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

GILT EDGED GROUP 1 GLORY

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Happy Connections enjoy the Group 1 Victory

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

DYNAMIC DEIMOS

A horror draw of 13 in the Class 4 over 1100m on Sunday 15th, couldn’t stop Showcasing 4 year old Deimos from making a winning return to the Kranji racecourse. Franking some excellent form which included a most unlucky 5th in the second leg of the 3 year old series, the Group 2 Three Year Old Classic, Deimos simply proved the best horse in the race.

Apprentice I Amirul followed instructions to the letter, allowing Deimos to settle mid field. Although still traveling a little wider than he had hoped Amirul had plenty of horse under him, and allowed Deimos to cruise around the turn before asking him for his final effort. In the straight Deimos showed his electric turn off foot to reel in those in front of him to win by 3/4 of a length. It was a most impressive victory given he hadn’t raced for 5 months, traveled 5 wide in running and was still carrying 57.5kg after I Amirul’s 2kg claim.

Deimos proves to good in the Class 4 over 1100m

 

Deimos took his record to an impressive  3 wins, 2 seconds and a 3rd from just 10 starts in Singapore. He has now won a tick over $152,000 for Olympian stable. The win of Deimos continues a great run for Olympian Stable who recently have had Athena, and Poseidon win in the past weeks.

POSEIDON REIGNS AGAIN IN RACING GUIDE CLASSIC

Stable favorite Poseidon added yet another memorable victory to his Singapore CV, claiming the $125,000 Racing Guide Classic for a second year running. A clearly emotion Olympian Stable Manager, Astley Phua was on hand to witness the victory of his favorite horse.

Olympian Stable started racing in Singapore initially with two horses bought in New Zealand. One was the 3 time winner Hades and the other was Poseidon now a 9 time winner of over $800,000 from 30 starts in Singapore.

A 1400m specialist, Poseidon had taken on some of the best horses in Singapore at his last start the Group 3 Jumbo Jet Trophy finding the field just to good. The Racing Guide Classic assembled a very good field of promising horses so much so that Poseidon, last years winner was sent out at the big odds of $52. It may have been the wide gate of 11 that put punters off.

A clearly delighted Michael Rodd steers Poseidon to a second Racing Guide Classic

Jockey Michael Rodd rolled forward from the jump and soon had Poseidon in a beautiful position just off the speed and from there the big gelding traveled sweetly without expending an ounce of energy. On straightening Rodd had a lap full of horse, first passing the tiring leaders before exploding clear at the 300m mark. It was a one horse affair with Poseidon well clear at the finish to record victory number 9 to go along with his 7 second place finishes. The iron horse has never been in better form, and it would be no suprise to see victory number 10 notched up in the very near future.

 

Filly busts them as first leg of treble!

Things got off to a good start for the stable in race 2 on Friday 6th October, when Filibuster put her barrier antics behind her to score a commanding win in the restricted maiden over 1100m. The stable has always had a high opinion of the half sister to former stable stalwart Singsurat, however her barrier antics have delayed her from being produced at the races.

After being scratched at the barriers at her first start, Stable Assistant Trainer Tim Fitzsimmons (together with track riders Sabri and Shafiq) with the help of Turfclub starters Damian Kinnemont and John Pepe set about the task of bettering her manners, and the fruits of their work paid handsome dividends with a well behavd Filibuster loading and standing well in the starting gates pre-race.

Drawing the outside gate in barrier 11, Jockey Manoel Nunes fired her out from barrier rise and with a superior turn of foot Filibuster quickly found the front. Allowed to settle mid race at a nice tempo, Nunes straightened the big girl for the run home before putting the afterburners on at the 300m. Filibuster had 3 and a half lengths on her rivals at the end of the race, and should improve even further as Nunes reported she was still very green. Divided House stable manager Mark Chadwick watched the race live from his equine property in Perth and was delighted with the display of Filibuster. Mark purchased the mare Moondreamer in foal to Ilovethiscity, with Filibuster the result.

Filibuster destroys her rivals in race 2

Race 4, the open maiden over 1400m saw Athena finally break her maiden status with an excellent ride from apprentice I Amirul. Unlucky at her last start, Athena had posted 3 seconds and 4 thirds from 10 starts which included a third placing at group 2 level when running in Singapore as a two year old. Throat surgery put a hold on her racing career for a time, but patience has been rewarded for the Olympian stable owned mare who has now won over $120,000. With her confidence boosting win, another victory should come in the very near future, which should see her syce Anna, beaming with pride once again.

Athena proves to good in the open maiden after a well judged ride form apprentice I Amirul

The final leg of the treble, saw Mr Consistent Gold Crown notch up another victory in the last race a class 4 over 1400m. The Gold Stable owned gelding has been a super money spinner and his fifth victory (to go along with 10 second places!) has now seen his stake money pass the $250,000 mark. Perfectly ridden by Michael Rodd, the son of Holy Roman Emperor was always stalking the leader and Rodd made a decisive move at the top of the straight, quickly taking the lead. From there it was catch me if you can, and to the delight of favorite punters, Rodd and Gold Crown held all other challenges to score a decisive victory.

A clearly delighted Michael Rodd lands the last race aboard Gold Crown

 

DETERMINED DRACO

Olympian Stable’s progressive 4 year old Draco, put a luckless first up run behind him, to land the prize in the last race on September 15th, the class 4 over 1200m. After copping a very rough passage last start to run 6th, punters still rallied behind Draco who started a $21 favorite in what was a much stronger field than last start.

Jumping from barrier 13, Michael Rodd had no real option than to let Draco drift back from his wide gate and on settling he had only two other runners behind him. With those in front starting wide runs, Rodd elected to ride for luck, cutting the corner and patiently waiting for the gaps to appear in the straight. At about the 250m mark Draco saw daylight and Rodd let rip with Draco quickly hitting the lead.

Happy Connections greet Draco inthe winners stall. His 3rd win from 9 starts.

 

On hand to enjoy the victory was Astley Phua manager of Olympian stable. Draco is a very progressive horse and the son of Falkirk has taken his record to an impressive 9 starts for 3 wins and 2 seconds and over $136,000 in stake money. Olympian Stable’s Athena ran very well earlier in the evening when an unlucky third in race 6.