Another elite day, so close to Incredible

The first September meeting for 2020, was again a great day for the stable with a treble, two seconds and a third from our runners. An excellent day could of been great, with Elite Incredible running a gallant second in the Singapore Derby, with race favorite Top Knight only catching him in the last few strides.

The day begun well with the first of our new 3 year old’s stepping out with Boomba and Zermatt running the quinella in race 2, the restricted maiden over 1200m. Boomba, whom one could possibly and somewhat accurately assume was named after his owner Barree’s Glenn Whittenbury, was actually given the name by Glenn, due to the horse’s quite short and rotund appearance on his arrival in Singapore. He looked like a little fatty Boomba!

Rather than hammer Boomba on the training track, Cliff allowed the son of Showcasing to gain fitness with three trials prior to his debut, with a significant improvement in each of these, before bolting away with the prize in his racetrack debut. Jumping from barrier No 1, Ruan Maia led throughout, and never looked like getting caught with Boomba lengthening magnificently when asked for his effort in the last 200m to win easily by 2.5 lengths. Stablemate Zermatt bred and owned by Greg and Lisa Perry finished off well for second, and looks a most promising type when he matures some more.

Boomba explodes clear on his race track debut.

Greg and Lisa didn’t have to wait long to taste success on the day, when another they bred strolled away to win race 6, the four year old restricted maiden over 1400m. The striking chestnut son of All Too Hard out of the mare Dirty, (cleverly named In All His Glory), relished the step up to 1400m and simply toyed with his rivals to win by a commanding 4 and a half lengths with Vlad Duric aboard. Having already showed he was above average with two seconds and a third from his first 3 starts, In All His Glory ran a nice 4th on August 2nd first up after the Covid enforced break. Punter’s also agreed the 1400m would suit, as he started an even money favorite, and most were in the line to collect well before the finishing post.

In All His Glory destroys his rivals in the 4 year old maiden.

Race 10 saw a most satisfying return to the winners stall for 5 year old gelding Hardcore. After consulting with managing owners Scott Bryce and Nick Conidi, it was decided to by-pass the derby and concentrate on the class 3 over 1800m. Race jockey Ruan Maia had gotten to know Hardcore well, having galloped and trialed him over the past month. It’s fair to say that Maia took a little while to handle Hardcore in his work in the manner that Cliff wanted, but his last trial helped convince Maia that he is best left alone early and produced late. All went according to script with Maia having Hardcore settled beautifully mid field, before giving him plenty of room at the top of the straight where he unleashed a powerful sustained run to win easily by 2.5 lengths.

Hardcore’s win continues the success of yearling purchases from New Zealand’s Westbury Stud’s drafts in recent times including Fitzroy (Swiss Ace), Golden Sword (Swiss Ace), and Inferno (Holy Roman Emperor). An as yet un raced Swiss Ace 3 year old named Golden Way in the stable, also purchased from a Westbury Stud draft, may well continue the trend. Hardcore has taken his record now to an impressive 4 wins and a second from 13 starts and a tick over $159,000, with Scott Bryce’s Green and yellow hooped colours likely to figure again in the winning stall in the near future given Hardcore’s impressive win.

Ruan Maia guides Hardcore to his 4th win in Singapore.

The stable saddled two representatives in the Singapore Derby. Pax Anami and Elite Incredible. After constant rain through out the day it was a bit of guess work as to whether either would handle the ground. Alas, for Pax Anami he floundered in the going when asked to sprint. Elite Incredible ridden by local jockey Joseph See, was given instructions to shadow race favorite Minister who would race on the pace, which he followed to the letter.

As the field rounded the home turn, See started to put the acid test to Minister and the two forged clear with a wall of other runners commencing a run down the middle of the track. Half way down the straight it was clear that Elite Incredible had Minister’s measure. With the winning post in sight See riding for dear life looked to have pinched the Derby with Duric on Top Knight set sailing hard down the outside but running out of runway. Alas, it wasn’t to be with Top Knight just getting to Elite Incredible and replicating the finish of the Singapore Guineas last year. Whilst frustrating for both horse and rider both were gallant in defeat. Group 1 races are so hard to win, but with Cliff turning the horses out in magnificent order for the big one’s, the stable will be hard to beat in future feature races this year.


Elite Incredible with J See aboard gets caught right on the line in the Singapore Derby.



What’s New arrives at Vinery Stud. The Planning, the Success, the Future……

Stable favorite What’s New has arrived safely at Vinery stud early this week, after the mandatory 2 week post export quarantine in Melbourne.  The bonnie mare retires from the track with 6 wins, 4 seconds and 3 thirds for prize money of $611,628.75. Vinery Stud’s Marketing and Communications Manager Racheal Finlayson has reported she has settled in beautifully, looks a picture of health and is friendly towards her paddock mates.

What’s New with her new friends at Vinery.

Grass delicious grass…..

Ultimately, a brrodmare is judged by the success of her progeny. However, when a race mare is retired to stud, that success can also be added too by both race track performance and what that mare’s immediate family have also achieved on the track. What’s New 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. Her racing success has been well documented in past articles. Adding also to her value has been the recent 2020 wins of What’s New’s two younger half sisters.

Her new career at stud will be charted by owners Greg and Lisa Perry who own and operate Greenwich Stud Pty Ltd, an operation that has achieved incredible success both on the track and in the sales ring over the years from a small and select band of about 20 broodmares. Greg and Lisa have been long time supporters of Cliff over many years both in Australia and were very helpful in Cliff establishing himself in Singapore.


What’s New a new shining star for Greenwich Stud??

Quiet and unassuming, Greg tends to shun the spotlight in terms of his success in the incredibly tough world of thoroughbred breeding. Greg has an encyclopedic knowledge of pedigrees and Greenwich Stud’s Group and Black Type success stories as breeders are to0 many to mention. They do however include breeding the incredible champion mare Atlantic Jewel, and her Thousand Guineas winning 1/2 sister Commanding Jewel, Group 1 Darley Classic winner Delectation, Group 1 Flight Stakes runner up Sezanne, Group 2 Villiers Runner up Cabeza De Vaca, and also produced 2018 VRC Oaks winner Aristia just to name a few!!

The What’s New story off the track and the Singapore connection started some years earlier when Cliff purchased the Bloomsbury Stud filly Pussycat Dream (Oasis Dream/The Cat’s Whiskers) in the UK for Greg and Lisa Perry. After a short stint in training in Singapore, it was decided to send the mare back to Australia. Once breeding season rolled around Greg had selected Casino Prince as Pussycat Dream’s first suitor. Casino Prince it would be fair to say wasn’t the most fashionable stallion at the time, however the 4×4 Danzig cross that the mating would produce, certainly was attractive to Greg. And how right he was, with the result being What’s New.

From a strong New Zealand family Pussycat Dream crossed the Tasman whilst pregnant with What’s New. First date selected by Greg in New Zealand was with at the time recently retired super star of the turf Ocean Park. The resultant foal was sold at the Karaka sales and now races as Gorgeous Geisha in NZ trained by Nigel Tilley. She has had a great 2020 winning two races recently, taking her record to 3 wins from 9 starts.

Greg entered into a foal share arrangement for Pussycat Dream’s third covering with the highly credentialed Cambridge Stud stallion Tavistock. An immature yearling, Greg could see the potential where other’s couldn’t and was able to purchase her outright. Now a 4 year old mare the Tavistock/Pussycat Dream races as Desert Realm in Australia and is prepared by Trent Busuttin, and has taken her record to 2 wins and a second from just 6 starts. Currently spelling, the diminutive Desert Realm looks a most likely candidate for future success on the track as she continues to mature.

Greg’s fourth union for Pussycat Dream was with El Roca. Beaten a nose in the Randwick Guineas and a certainty beaten in the George Ryder, El Roca provided Greg with race track performance at the highest level, and also a replication of the 4×4 Danzig cross (successful with What’s New). Offered for sale at Karaka 2018, the colt was quickly snapped up by Cliff Brown Racing, with Greg and Lisa retaining shares, with the other shares quickly snapped up by friends and stable clients who loved What’s New. He arrives in Singapore this month.

Next up and now a 2 year old was a Tarzino colt. Tarzino had the best sectionals in Press Statement’s Caulfield Guineas (THE stallion making race), was multiple Group 1 winner and at the time the most successful son of Tavistock to commence stud duties. Greg will give him plenty of time before a decision on where he races. After a year off, Pussycat Dream returned to Australia and recently produced a colt by Pierro and will have a date with Vinery’s new stallion Exceedance (again a 4×4 cross to Danzig).

So with Multiple Group success, a family of winners from all those who have raced, a future of upcoming winners behind her, a magnificently gentle temperament, but a tenacious tiger on the track, What’s New has all the credentials to make it as a broodmare.

Beautiful Mare in a beautiful setting.

She will be given 3-4 weeks to let down at Vinery, before her first date with a stallion. Greg has settled on Coolmore stallion Calyx. Why? He is the fastest son of UK sire Kingman, who is quickly becoming one of the best stallions in Europe. Calyx was a brilliant racehorse with outstanding speed, winning the Group 2 Coventry Stakes and Group 3 Commonwealth Cup Trial stakes before injury curtailed his career.

What’s New and all her relations have all shown that essential commodity in the make up of successful racehorses, that is, they possess an enormous will to win. With Greg’s knowledge of pedigree’s and the bonnie mare’s will and toughness on the race track, the coming chapters in the What’s New story will be riveting. We wish Greg and Lisa all the best with What’s New and her progeny in the future.

Inferno headlines great day for stable

Inferno was the headline act of racing on Sunday 30th August and of the stable, as he demolished a class field in the Group 2 Singapore classic over 1400m. The meeting ended with a haul of four winners overall for the stable.

The day started well with a winner in race 1 with Miraaj, who franked his great 3rd over 1200m the previous weekend with a tough win in the class 5 1600m with Vlad Duric aboard. A recent purchase by Jass Stable (who won with Ararat Lady last week), Miraaj will now step up in trip in class 4 company.

Miraaj gets the day off to a great start winning the class 5 1600m with V Duric aboard.

Race 3 saw a gusty all the way win for Solar Eclipse, who ran second at his Singapore debut 3 weeks ago. Raced by Forever Lucky Stable, the Argentinian galloper started favorite, despite drawing the outside barrier. Duric rolled the dice and crossed the field to lead, and had just enough in reserve on the post to claim victory. Post race, Duric commented that Solar Eclipse became lost in the straight on his own, and would benefit even more from the run and when ridden off the pace to have something to chase.

The gusty Solar Eclipse opens his Singapore account at just his second start in the Class 4 over 1200m.

The fourth winner was brought up in race 13 with the ever consistent Gold Star breaking through for a well deserved win. Luckless at his past few, jockey Harry Kasim got a little further back than anticipated, but came to the outside of the field at the top of the straight, and unleashed a powerful finish to win running away by a length. Purchased by Cliff for long time clients Gold Stable, the son of Redente has now taken his record to an impressive 4 wins, 5 seconds and a third from 15 starts, and earned a tick over $222,000 in stake money.

The famous Yong family colour’s salute in Race 13 with Gold Star.

The eagerly awaited $250,000 Group 2 Singapore Classic (1400m) race 12 on the 14 race card, turned out a one act affair with Inferno probably serving up his most impressive win to-date. A winner of 5 of his 6 starts all over 1200m, the son of Holy Roman Emporer started even money favorite, in the field which most considered the best assembled for a Singapore Classic in well over a decade.

Jockey Vlad Duric smartly left Inferno out of the early speed battle upfront, allowing the big bay to drift back and smothered away a little worse than midfield. Settling beautifully for the champion hoop, Inferno eased his way into a striking position at the 400m. Given his head, Inferno produced a turn of foot rarely seen at Kranji and quickly went past the field, setting up a commanding lead with consummate ease.

Duric only used the persuader a couple of times in the straight to keep Inferno’s mind on the job. Running a sizzling 22.68secs split inside the last 400m, Inferno went on to score easing down by 1 ¾ lengths from Strong N Powerful with Mr Malek hanging on for third place. The winning time was 1min 21.77secs for the 1400m on the Short Course. With a third Group win in just 7 starts and a tick over $480,000 in prize money, Inferno will now tackle the Singapore Guineas a race that Barree Stable’s colour’s were carried to victory in by the mighty Debt Collector in 2016.

Inferno cruises to a breathtaking Victory in the Group 2 Singapore Classic, the Cliff Brown stable’s third success in the race in 5 years.

With a 5.30 start to race 12 (7.30 Melbourne time) Barree Stable managing owner Glenn Whittenbury was a bundle of nerves prior to the running Classic. Glenn, well known to many Singapore racegoers, has not been able to make his usual trips to Singapore to watch his horses due to the Covid 19 travel restrictions sweeping the globe.

Glenn has however found a new love, as he has been able to spend more time with his designer pooch Vito. With the whole of Sunday to get through before Inferno’s greeted the stater in race 12, Glenn took his mind off the race by spending some quality time with Vito. Glenn apparently had been seen at several pet fashion stores finding Vito some new fashionable accessories. With time to kill, Glenn helped Vito try on several new outfits that he had purchased for him. It would seem Vito is fast climbing the ranks of Glenn’s favorite animals, and has provided Glenn with an outlet to allay his anxiety during the Covid lockdown in Melbourne.

Friends of Barree Stable residing in Singapore were disappointed that Glenn was not able to attend the race day. Not that they like him that much, rather they enjoy the free drinks at post race celebrations.


To pass the the time on Sunday, Glenn tried several of the outfits he had purchased for Vito.


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