MIGHTY POSEIDON WINS AGAIN

Olympian Stable stalwart Poseidon made it back to back victories with a sparkling win in the OB 97 over 1400m on Sunday 16th. Jockey Vlad Duric retained the mount after his excellent victory at his previous start. Poseidon made a mocjery of the step up in class to win by 2 and 3/4 lengths.

With a small field, tactics looked to very important and pre race it was decided to ride Poseidon just off the pace and within striking distance as the track up until race 6 did look to be favouring on pace runners. Duric duly obliged and had Poseidon idling just of the leaders as they turned for home and angled between the leaders upon straightening. After a brief tussle, Duric pulled the persuader and quickly put the race beyond doubt.

Olympian Stable Manager Astley Phua was again on track to enjoy his favorite horse tasting success for the 8th time from just 25 starts. Poseidon has now amassed over $520,000 and has an incredibly consistent record with a further 7 seconds. Indeed Poseidon has only finished out of the top 4 twice both of theses starts when tackling Group company. The way he is going, Poseidon may well measure up to a group class race.

Famous colours for first ride.

Stable Apprentice Muhammad Nuh bin Mohamed Komari, or Roy as he is better known, had his first race ride aboard Golden Mile in Race 10 on Sunday. Roy who has been with Cliff’s stable for more than a year, had been racking up the trial rides over the past 4 months and was granted his Apprentice jockey license by The Singapore Turf Club on April 1st.

 

Long time stable clients Gold Stable have raced horses all around the world, including having Royalty with Princess Anne riding in a race in the Yong family’s famous gold and red colours. These colours have been carried to victory in many countries and are of course very recognizable in Singapore.

 

On hand to lend support and advice were stable Assistant trainer Tim Fitzsimmons and champion jockey Michael Rodd. Roy followed instructions to the letter, and looked good riding Golden Mile to the line allowing his mount to settle a little worse than midfield before bringing him to the center of the track. Golden Mile not really suited to a wet turf track, finished off nicely with Roy riding confidently to the line.

We wish Roy all the best with his career as a Jockey, and with his hard work and willingness to learn from the best in the business in Michael Rodd, it won’t be very long before Roy is seen in the winners stall.

 

 

 

Jenny eventually got her Pearls

As is often the case in the Barree Stable Whittenbury household, a discussion took place one evening as to what Glenn and Jenny had got up to during the day. Jenny’s response was that she had gone shopping and did like an orange shirt but it was too expensive. “And what did you do today Glenn.?” Darling if you like the shirt you should of just bought it. I just worked hard in the office today……………………………………….. and ummm yes, well, ummmm, I also just bought a new yearling at the New Zealand Sales.”

Thus, a few names were bandied around for this new purchase, with “The Orange Shirt” one option considered. However, given that the new addition cost NZ $80,000, Jenny suggested that this money could of bought a nice string of Pearls, let alone a shirt!

On arrival in Singapore, the son of Alamosa out of the mare Miss Kitt Ann was then registered as Could be Pearls. On Sunday 2nd of April in the last race on the card the Class 4 over 1400m “Pearls” as he is known around the stable added yet another victory to his record and has now strung (pun intended) 3 wins in a row. Could be Pearls is a very talented 3 year old and took his record to 5 starts for a 3 wins and a second and prize money of a tick under $125,000 with his victory.

Could Be Pearls will now head to the second leg on the 3 year old series, the Group 2 Singapore 3YO Classic, the race that set the Barree owned Debt Collector on his way to stardom in Singapore. Jenny, did end up getting her pearl necklace last week, a little over 2 years since Could Be Pearls was purchased! Glenn has named the necklace “Could of been a yearling”…

 

 

 

 

DIVIDED HOUSE OFF TO STUD

Bonnie little I Am Invincible mare Divided House, left the stable this morning to enter Pre-Export Quarantine for her trip back to Australia. In March she added her 5th Victory, and took her earnings past $314,000 when she scored first up after a 131 day break in the Open Benchmark 74 over 1200m.

Purchased by owner Mark Chadwick for $9,000 as a weanling, Divided House started her career in Perth before being raced by Mark Chadwick and partners in Singapore. She enjoyed a most consistent racing career having won 5 races with a further 6 seconds and three thirds from just 23 starts. Mark who has returned to Western Australia is currently setting up a thoroughbred property in Western Australia, and Divided House will be a most welcome addition to his broodmare ranks.

Divided House will be sent to star young stallion Hinchenbrook and he’s sure to fall in love with her. She’ll join her older half sister Zac Seduction, was also secured by Mark as a broodmare after retiring from racing in Singapore. We wish Divided House a long and distinguished career as a mum!!

 

 

 

 

 

DEBT COLLECTOR LOSES NO ADMIRERS IN DUBAI

The Dubai World Cup meeting held in March every year is an invitation only meeting with horses selected from all around the world to compete. Not only are the majority of horses Group 1 or Group winners, but the incredible  International fields assembled feature the worlds most powerful owners and trainers. Owners such as Sheik Handan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Godolphin, the Aga Khan and the Yoshida’s from Japan were heavily represented.

World recognized trainers such as Aiden O’Brien, Bob Baffert, Ed Dunlop and S Bin Suroor had multiple runners. Of course with the worlds best horse flesh racing, world class jockeys were in abundance with Joao Moriera, Mike Smith, Ryan Moore, William Buick and Christophe Soumilion all making the trip to Dubai. So to gain an Invitation to compete on the world stage with those mentioned above was an achievement in itself.

 

 

 

 

Debt Collector tried his heart out in the USD $6mil The Dubai Turf over 1800m at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday evening, 25th of March. Ridden by his regular partner Micheal Rodd, DC settled in his customary position at the tail of the field. From the 1000m mark the pressure began to be applied and the tempo quickened. With Rodd having to niggle Debt Collector to keep in touch, he began to make his move at the 600m. Rounding the home turn, as per usual, Debt Collector started to go through his gears at the top of the straight and looked to be reeling in many of the runners before peaking on his run with about 100m to go. A growing boy in a man’s world, he tried his heart out and finished 9th.

As Cliff told reporters from the Gulf News, we were going from being a big fish in a small pond to the open ocean. Still a very young horse, Debt Collector arrived back safely in Singapore on Tuesday morning with his new best mate Quechua and will spend two weeks in quarantine before returning to the stable and being set for the 4 year old series. Debt Collector will return a bigger and stronger individual and should gain plenty mentally, having had his first experience at traveling internationally.

 

A big thank you must go to Barree Stable, Managing Owner Glenn Whittenbury, who all along was very supportive of the Dubai International adventure. Glenn with son Bryce and daughter Caitlin arrived on Tuesday, and took up residence at the Meydan Hotel. Family and friends joined the contingent closer to Saturday 25th, and all had a most memorable racing experience. Cliff’s son Felix was excited o meet World Cup wining jockey Mike Smith who after signing his race book, went to  his room and then presented Felix with a set of racing goggles (which were then worn for a sizable portion of Sunday!). A great training performance by Cliff to have him in Dubai in great condition rounded out a great team effort by all at the stable.

 

Special mention must go to Assistant trainer Tim Fitzsimmons playing a huge roll in all Debt Collector’s preparation late last year and this year to have him ready for his mission to Dubai. Thanks also to syce’s Boy and Naha for all the hard work and dedication with the horse in Dubai. A short break, and we’ll all see The Mighty Debt Collector back in action on his home turf in Singapore.

 

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.

MAGSTOCK SAILS TO VICTORY

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.

 

 

 

THREE IN A ROW FOR GILT COMPLEX

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.