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.

STUNNING RETURN BY DEBT COLLECTOR

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.

 

 

 

 

 

CERTAINLY BLOWS THEM AWAY

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

 

DRACO GOES BACK TO BACK

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.

 

 

 

SIR ISAAC SALUTES

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.

 

horse of the year turf club

5 AWARDS FOR DEBT COLLECTOR

Stable Super Star Debt Collector capped a magnificent 2016, by winning 5 awards at the Singapore Turf Club Awards for 2016. Held at the magnificent Fullerton Hotel, the gala evening saw the who’s who of Singapore racing gather to pay tribute to the achievements of the horses, trainers and Jockey’s in season 2016.

With out a doubt, the “Star of the show” was Debt Collector who claimed 5 awards. He was crowned Champion 3 year old, Champion miler, Most Improved Horse and Social Media Horse of the Year. However, the highest accolade was when Debt Collector was named as Champion Horse of the year. This highly prestigious award had been won in the past by horses of the calibre of War Affair, Rocket Man, and Step it Up (coincidentally also purchased by Cliff as a yearling).

Purchased by Cliff at the NZB 2014 Ready To Race Sales, the son of Thorn Park openend his account late in 2015, winning a maiden over 1600m. Little did we know that Debt Collector would go through 2016 undefeated, and capture 5 Group races, three at Group 1 level beating the best horses in Singapore. A great training performance and superbly handled by jockey Michael Rodd who rode him in all but one of his victories in 2016.

On hand to collect the spoils was Manager of Barree Stable, Mr Glenn Whittenbury along with his wife Jenny. Glenn obviously had to buy another suitcase, as his haul of five trophies added considerably to his outbound travel luggage. On behalf of Cliff Brown Racing, we would like to thank all our owners who made 2016 such a great season, and look forward to another great season of racing in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Winners to start 2017

The stable has made a flying start to 2017 notching up 4 winners in the opening two meetings of the new season.

Getting the ball rolling in 2017, was 2015 poly track champion My Lucky Strike in the Kranji Stakes A over 1200m on January 1st. With the imposing record of 9 wins on the poly track, jockey Micheal Rodd let him settle well back in a very fast run race. Spotting the leaders some 6 lengths on the turn, Rodd eased My Lucky Strike to the outside and he came with a withering burst to cut down Super Winner and notch victory number 10 by a half length. Having only his 3rd start for the stable, he was his second win for Cliff.

The very next race saw the ever consistent D’Buffalo Man weave through the field after settling well back to snatch a dramatic victory in the Class 4 over 1400m. This was D’buffalo Man’s 3rd victory from 16 starts to go along with 5 minor placing, and took his stake money past $155,000. There looks to be plenty of wins in store for the lightly raced son of Buffalo Man.

D’Buffalo Man steams to victory in race on the opening day of season 2017

Monday the 2nd of January started well with a much deserved victory for Olympian Stable’s 3 year old son of Guillotine, Kratos in the restricted maiden over 1000m. Having bumped into a smart one last start, Kratos continued his consistent form to win running away by 4 lengths with Alan Munro aboard. Having been close up in with two 2nds and a 3rd from his only 4 starts, the ease of his win at start number 5, suggests that another victory shouldn’t be far away.

Rounding out the quartet of winners was The Elite Performance Stable owned Elite Beast with a tough victory in the class 4 over 1600m. Having raced as Major Approval in Australia, Elite Beast was having only his third start in Singapore. Jumping from a wide gate he had to do a fair amount of work to take up a forward position in running. With a willing group in the leading division keeping a solid tempo the big son Dane Shadow broke away with the David Hill trained Pentagon having a great tussle to the line. Elite Beast proved the stronger under jockey Michael Rodd’s persuasion to win by a neck. Elite Beast’s victory added to the debut victory of Elite Performance Stable’s only other horse in stable Elite Takes All.

 

Kratos cruises to the line for an easy victory 4 length victory.

CLIFF SETS NEW BENCHMARK AT KRANJI

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The Singapore Turf Club moved from Buki Timah to it’s current location at Kranji in 1999. During that time Singapore racing has seen many great trainers both local and international plying their trade in what is a very competitive industry. In what has been a memorable season of racing, 2016 saw a new record set for a trainer by Cliff Brown. Eight Group 1 races are conducted each season at The Singapore Turf Club, and in a remarkable achievement Cliff won five of these most coveted races.

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