Bobby lands deserved Group Success

Elite Excalibur scored his first Group win in Singapore when taking out the Group 3 Committee’s Prize over 1600m on Sunday 18th March. First up since his gallant effort in the 2017 Singapore Gold Cup when beaten a half head into third, “Bobby” as he is affectionately known built on his tremendous first up record in Singapore when downing the Mark Walker trained Elite Invincible.

With a difficult barrier to contend with, Michael Rodd produced a gem of a ride. Rodd had Bobby traveling nicely in mid field and was stalking Infantry the whole way. As the field turned for home Elite Excalibur was brought to the outside and produced a great sprint. Elite Invincible tried hard to defy Elite Excalibur, but in the end Bobby was to strong and finally had the luck go his way to land his first feature event.

With three Group 1 placings in 2017: 2nd in the Patron’s Bowl, 2nd in the Raffles Cup and 3rd in the Singapore Gold Cup, no one could begrudge Elite Stable and Bobby their victory in the Committee’s Prize which attracted the best horses in Singapore including 3 Derby winners, and the mighty Infantry Horse Of The Year in 2017. This win again underlines Elite Excalibur’s class, and he’ll prove hard to beat in many of the feature races this year.


With his third win in Singapore, and a host of big race placing’s, Elite Excalibur has now taken his earnings to a tick over $625,000 for Elite Stable.

Earlier in the day, the stable produced a very promising addition to the stable when Mr Yeoh demolished the field in the Class 4 over 1200m. Having done everything right in the build up to his Singapore debut, the stable were confident of victory, but the 7 and 1/4 length margin of victory has now seen a change of plans and Mr Yeoh will now contest the first leg of the 3 year old series on Friday March 30th.

Bred by Australian owner Nick Turnball, Mr Yeoh carried the same colours as the very promising Swiss Ace gelding Fitzroy, who unfortunately died last year after an accident at the spelling station.

Mr Yeoh scores an effortless 7 length victory at his Singapore debut.



Highly regarded 3 year old Reset gelding, Zac Kasa made a triumphant return to the races winning the restricted maiden over 1200m on Sunday 4th of March. Having not raced since his debut 3rd on the 15th of October, Zac had proved quite troublesome with his barrier manners and has caused the stable quite a few headaches. However, B trainer Tim Fitzsimmons along with Turf Club starters Damian Kinnimon and John Pepe have worked tirelessly with Zac and their hard work paid off on Sunday.

A $220000 Easter Yearling purchase by Cliff, Zac Kasa is owned and races in the same colours as two time Singapore Champion Sprinter Zac Spirit. Mr Andy Wong of Zac Stable was on hand with friends to watch Zac Kasa win at only his second race start.

With an easy 5 length trial victory on February 22nd, Zac Kasa started a short priced favorite in the restricted maiden. Loading quickly and standing well in the gates, once the barriers were open Zac began brilliant and quickly took up the lead. Following him was the second elect Lim’s Zoom who looked to stalk Zac Kasa’s every move. By the time the leading pair had hit the straight they had gapped the rest of the field. At the 200m Lim’s Zoom challenged hard but Michael Rodd had enough up his sleeve with Zac Kasa and he held on to win by 1.3 lengths with a further 5 lengths back to the 3rd horse.

Michael Rodd steers Zac Kasa to a brilliant all the way win.


The relief was palapable after the race, as the stable have known for some time that Zac Kasa possesses enormous ability and it was just a matter of time for him to reproduce it at the races. The three year old series now awaits Zac Kasa, and being by Reset, one would suggest that as the distances get longer he will only get better.


Whilst a record of 1 win from 22 starts (including 2 seconds and 2 thirds) in Singapore perhaps isn’t a glowing resume, a closer look at the form of Sunday’s Class 3 winner (and now class record holder) Tales of Summer actually paints a picture of a very consistent horse. In fact, prior to Tales Of Summer’s stunning victory in Race 7 on Sunday 11th, in only 4 out of 22 starts had he finished worse than 6th.

Sent to race in Singapore from Western Australia by owner Mark Chadwick, Tales of Summer was a winner of 4 races in Perth, and paid the penalty of this when given an opening class 3 rating of 67 before continuing his racing career in Singapore. This rating combined with taking a little longer to acclimatize than a lot of other horses, didn’t see the handsome chestnut show glimpses of his Perth form until late 2016.

Resuming after a short let up, Tales Of Summer was the rank outsider in race 7 the Class 3 over 1200m as he again found himself in class 3 company courtesy of the Singapore Turf Club’s initiative to raise all horse 5 rating points at the start of the season. Unperturbed by this was stable apprentice K Nuh who knows Tales of Summer back to front having ridden him in many gallops and trials. Given the simple instructions to go out and enjoy himself, Roy as he is known did exactly that.

A brilliant beginning saw Tales Of Summer hit the ground running and quickly stride to the lead. Slapped down the shoulder at the top of the straight the son of Tale Of The Cat kicked clear and it was catch me if you can, as his higher rated opponents tried to eat into his lead. But K Nuh had timed it to perfection, and running strongly to the line Tales Of Summer had a length to spare over Lim’s Dashing and the heavily backed and highly touted Paprazzi.

Apprentice K Nuh upstages champion jockeys Rodd, Duric and Boss with a superbly judged ride in the Class 3 1200m.

A clearly elated Nuh gave a huge wave of the whip as he posted his second victory as a jockey leaving the likes of  champion riders Rodd, Duric and Boss to eat his dust. With his second win Tales Of Summer has now taken his earnings to a tick over $112,000. Further sizzling displays should again see both horse and rider in the winners circle again.


Greg Perry’s mare Pussycat Dream had a stint in Singapore after winning her only start in the UK. With a lovely pedigree it was decided by both Greg and Cliff that she would not race in Singapore and she returned to Australia to become part of Greg’s wonderful broodmare band. Pussycat Dream’s first mating was with Casino Prince and the resultant offspring was named What’s New and sent to Singapore in  2017 for her racing career.

On Friday 19th, at her only her second start, What’s New proved way to classy to score an emphatic 2.5 length win in the restricted maiden over 1200m. Placing 2nd at her first start in late October, Cliff again showed his renowned patience before producing the filly for her second start.

Jumping from barrier 9, jockey Michael Rodd allowed What’s New to find her feet and she settled in a nice rhythm a little worse than mid field. Coming to the turn, Rodd angled What’s New to the outside and she still had about 5 lengths to make up on the leading division.

What’s New easily wins her second career start in restricted maiden over 1200m


Given her head, What’s New cruised up to the leaders and quickly found the lead at he 200m mark. After a rally from Kiss Your Song, What’s New’s class kicked in a she steamed away for a very soft win. The ease of her victory suggests that she has a very promising future, as Michel Rodd concluded after her second trial in Singapore “she’s above average this girl”.

Super treble gets new season rolling!

After a couple of minor placings at the first two meetings of the new season, the stable roared into life with a treble on Friday 12th of January from just 4 runners. The Gold Stable owned Kranji Gold in race 2 was the runner to miss out, but ran an excellent race to finish second. Gold stable didn’t have to wait long to enjoy a win with Golden Sword winning his second race in a row in race 6, the class 3 division 1 over 1200m on the poly track.

Golden Sword makes it back to back wins in the Class 3 Division 1 over 1200m.

Golden Sword unleashed a powerful finish from well back in the field to prevail by a nose over the heavily backed Augustano. With his win, Golden Sword has now taken his record to 5 wins, a second two thirds from just 13 starts and has amassed a tick under $210,000 in prize money.

The second leg of the treble saw the very promising Draco demolish a very good field in the second division of the class 3 1200m. Taking up his customary position at the tail of the field, Michael Rodd had the big bay traveling sweetly before pulling him wide to commence a run at the 500m. In a great turn of foot Draco stormed away to a most commanding win by just over two lengths. With 4 wins and 4 seconds from 12 starts and now over $210,000 in prize money, Draco is certainly a horse going places.

Draco scores an emphatic victory in The Class 3 1200m Division 2.

The Rod Hyland and Premier Racing owned Baffert, put the writing on he wall with an excellent barrier trial last week when wearing blinkers last week. He lined up in the last race on Friday, a class 4 over 1100m. Awkwardly placed rounding the home turn, Rodd was able to angle the big bay out and once he saw daylight he sprinted clear for a very strong win.

Excited Connections enjoy Baffert’s victory

Owner Rod Hyland was on hand to witness his  first winner in Singapore, as were members of the Premier Racing Syndicate who race Baffert. It was a case of patience rewarded as some niggling issues meant that Baffert’s Singapore debut was put on hold. Now in form, the ease of his win suggests that it wont be long before he visits the winning stall again.


Three Awards for Gilt Complex caps a great year.

The Singapore Racing Awards for season 2017, were held at a gala function at St Regis Hotel on Monday January 8th. The stable had a number of nominations in various categories, and at the end of the evening Gilt Complex was rewarded for his superb end to the season which culminated in back to back Group 1 victories in the Raffles Cup and Singapore Gold Cup.

Gilt Complex was crowned Champion Stayer and Champion Older Horse, as well as taking out the award for the Most Improved Horse for the year 2017.

Our congratulations to owners Graham Mackie and Trish Dunell for their year with Gilt Complex, and continued support of Cliff Brown Racing. In a huge team effort the stable was represented by Assistant trainer Tim Fitzsimmons and jockey Michael Rodd as well as other owners and friends. Cliff was on the Gold Coast looking for the next super star at the Magic Millions yearling sale.

Gilt Complex will head to Dubai at the end on January for a number of races, and if his performances warrant it, he may run on Dubai World Cup night in the Dubai Gold Cup over 3200m.


2017 Singapore Gold Cup

DC starts Holiday

Stable Star and 2016 Singapore Horse of the Year Debt Collector arrived earlier this week at the famous Kelly owned Newhaven Park Stud to commence his spell in Australia. Having served two weeks Quarantine in Singapore, Debt Collector had to spend a further two weeks Quarantine in Melbourne before taking the road trip to Newhaven Park Stud.

Newhaven Park Stud has been a family owned and run stud for four generations and has been the nursery for many Champions of the Australian Turf. The farm is famous with it’s connection to perhaps the most significant Stallion making race in Australia the Golden Slipper. They have bred 4 Slipper winners (Prowl, Burst, Vivachi and John’s Hope), owned another winner (Maruading) and have stood 3 more winners (Luskin Star, Maurading and Tierce). As well as this Newhaven have bred an/or owned another 12 Slipper placegetters.

Debt Collector is following a similar path to former stable mate Zac Spirit who was sent to Newhaven Stud for a spell in late 2015, before returning to Singapore to claim a second Group 1 Lion City Cup and Singapore Champion Sprinter Award in 2016. Bred, raised and sold by Newhaven Park, Zac Spirit is now enjoying a magnificent retirement at Newhaven Park.

DC has arrived in Horse Heaven, Newhaven Park Stud.

Debt Collector will no doubt enjoy the lush and tranquil surrounds of Newhaven Park Stud over the next few months, and is very fortunate to have owner Glenn Whitennbury who always does things in he best interest of his horses. We look forward to DC’s return mid year for a tilt at the Triple Crown later in 2018.

Zac Spirit is enjoying a magnificent retirement at Newhaven.





Satisfying Swiss Ace Stable Success

Long time stable client Greg Perry had no hesitation in naming giant Swiss Ace gelding Clokey after the hulking Western Bulldogs player Travis Cloke who joined the bulldogs at the start of 2016. Purchased by Cliff at The New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales in 2015 for $35,000, Clokey was left in NZ to grow into his enormous frame and didn’t arrive in Singapore until November 2016. Once here he has been patiently handled, and was turned out a few times as he still had to mature into his massive frame.

After two excellent trials, Clokey was well in the market for his debut jumping at the quote of $21. Michael Rodd had Clokey out of the gates quickly taking advantage of his good barrier of 3. Sitting second behind High Limited until the turn, Clokey eased off heels and a line of 4 set sail for the finish. Clokey showing great tenacity quickly fought of his challengers and had a widening length to spare on the line. A promising future awaits Clokey as he still has much to learn about the racing caper, and with a giant stride he may well get over ground later in his career.

Michael Rodd aboard Clokey

The second leg of the Swiss Ace double saw Golden Sword score an astonishing last to first victory in the bench mark 67 over 1000m. The highly touted son of Swiss Ace had not raced for right on a year, having to sit out after a second ban for bleeding following a trial in March. A winner of his first three starts, Golden Sword was highly rated by the stable before knee surgery halted his racing. A couple of unlucky runs were followed by a bleeding incident in November 2016, and again earlier this year in a trial.

The decision was made to persevere with Golden Sword and he was sent for a long spell. A patient build up followed with a three trials before making his reappearance in a race on Sunday. All looked lost when Golden Sword bungled the start and settle down at the tail of the field. Not much changed heading into the home straight with Rodd having to make up about 12 lengths in the straight. From the 400m Golden Sword could be seen to be making good ground and it looked likely he would run a nice closing 4th or 5th. Angling out at the 200m mark, once in clear air, the older full brother of quality Singapore galloper Nova Swiss sprouted wings, flying home to clearly grab the massive Olympian Eagle on the line.

Golden Sword storms home from last to grab the OB67 over 1000m on Sunday 26th.

Stable Client Greg Perry also played a part in the second leg of the double having bred both Golden Sword and Nova Swiss from his broodmare Asciano Miss. Asciano Miss has a Reliable Man filly booked to come to Singapore in January and will be raced by Greg under the Tarnpirr stable. We can’t wait for he arrival.




Great seven days for Olympian Stable

Olympian stable had an astonishing 7 days having three runners for 3 winners from Friday 18th of November to Friday 25th of November. Starting off the great roll was the highly promising 4 year old by Showcasing, Deimos. With Stable rider Michael Rodd suspended, stand in jockey Vlad Duric produced a pearler of a ride in torrential rain to land the Classs 3 over 1100m on Friday evening. Simoly to good for his rivals Deimos

The Brilliant Deimos scores in heavy rain on Friday 17th November

Super consistent mare Athena claimed her second victory on Sunday 19th in a class 4 over 1400m. In all 13 starts Athena has only finished outside the top 3 on one occasion. After a second wind operation mid year it has been fantastic to see Athena win two of her last three starts. She has now taken her stake earnings over $161,000.

Giant Filly Athena proves too strong in the class 4 1400m on Sunday 19th.

Rounding out the trio of victors was one of Manager Astley Phua’s favorite horses Ares, who returned to the winners stall to land his 4th victory in Singapore. Astley was at the Tattersalls Horses in Training sale when Ares (previously named Hard N Sharp) was purchased. Lovingly nicknamed “The Gangster” by Astley due to Ares often exuberant behavior around the stable and in the mounting yard, the son of Approved stormed home for a brilliant victory with Michael Rodd aboard in the Open Benchmark 67 over 1400m. Ars has now won a tick under $250,000 in stake money.

Ares and Michael Rodd steam home to victory in the OB 67 1400m


Singapore Cup day some 12 months ago, the stable was cheering home Melbourne Cup winning jockey Corey Brown aboard Gilt Complex in the Kranji stakes C over 1800m, the consolation race for Gold Cup aspirants that did not make the field. Feeling somewhat bemused by the handicappers decision to leave Gilt Complex out of the 2016 Gold Cup, Corey remarked post race that had he gained a Gold Cup start he would of been a huge light weight chance.

Fast forward to Sunday, and a plan hatched a year ago by Cliff together with owner Graham Mackie came to fruition, with Gilt Complex winning the 2017 Singapore Gold Cup, in one of the best finishes seen in many years. Racing is such a tough game and more often than not plans do not come off (particularly 12 month plans!), but in a training masterclass by Cliff, Gilt Complex peaked at exactly the right time, to prove he is the best stayer in Singapore and add the third leg of the Triple Crown to go with his Raffles Cup Victory some 3 weeks ago.

With a perfect draw in 2, and with stable jockey Michael Rodd able to take the ride with stable star Debt Collector not attempting to add the Gold Cup this year to his fabulous CV,  the omens were looking good for Gilt Complex to run the race of his life. What Gilt Complex had to contend with was a recent race history of light weight winners and also one of the most open Singapore Gold Cups for many a year, which included stablemates Elite Excalibur and Laughing Gravy.

Using his good gate to advantage Rodd was able to have Gilt Complex out quickly and had him well positioned before the first turn, which was critical as it was a charge of the light brigade with those drawn wide looking to cross over towards the front of the field. Elite Excalibur was one of these, but unfortunately stable mate Laughing Gravy copped severe interference with Emporer’s Banquet looking for the rail when not clear and clearly costing the big bay 3 or 4 lengths as Craig Grylls had grab hold of Gravy so as not to fall.

From there a genuine tempo was set with leaders Order Of The Sun and Forever Young matching strides with Elite Excalibur in the “one back and one out” position next to last year’s winner Bahana followed by Gilt Complex on the outside of Newlands. With 800m to go the runs started to commence with Newlands the first to make a move, attempting to angle out, faultering and dropping back through the field. Rodd avoided the back wash and on straightening had Gilt Complex in the clear and ready to let rip at the top of the straight some three lengths off the leading pack.

With the leaders weakening, it looked like last years winner Bahana and Elite Excalibur had the race between them, going toe to toe up the straight with Gilt Complex grinding away just behind them, and Majestic Moments setting sail down the outside. At the 200m with the three nearly in a line and no room between for a improving Gilt Complex, Rodd switched the big son of Gold Centre back to the rails. Once clear on the rails Gilt Complex found another gear and with all jockeys throwing everything at their mounts, Gilt Complex and Bahana hit the line together with Elite Excalibur inches away. Race Caller Matthew Jones’s voice “It’s a photo in the Gold Cup” echoed around Kranji Racecourse.

The decisive move…Michael Rodd charges home late on the rails to Claim the 2017 Singapore Gold Cup.

Trained to the minute, Gilt Complex out stays them to grab Gold Cup Glory.

It took an agonizing few minutes for the result to be known and when number 2 went into the frame, joy took over. An emotional Rodd paid tribute to the team effort heaping praise on both Cliff and B trainer Tim Fitzsimmons for their incredible efforts with the team of horses, and of course the courage of Gilt Complex on the biggest stage of them all. There were great scenes at the winners stall with owners and connections joining in for the post race photo’s and then the formal presentation post race.

Michael Rodd salutes the bumper Gold Cup Day crowd.

Cliff, owner Trish Dunell and Michael Rodd with the much coveted Gold Cup Trophies.

Happy Connections!

The Gold Cup, one of the Jewels of Singapore Racing

Stable mate Elite Excalibur was incredibly brave in running third, (his third Group 1 placing this year), and is sure to capture Group 1 Glory in Singapore. Laughing Gravy battled on into 8th place with pre-race plans ruined by being bumped after jumping and copping a severe check at the winning post the first time round.

The Gold Cup victory continued the stable’s great run in the feature races in Singapore, winning the last two group 1’s of the season to go with a record haul of 5 Group 1 wins last season.  This season the stable also had Group 1 2nd place finishes in the Patron’s Bowl (Elite Excalibur), QE 11 Cup (Laughing Gravy), Raffles Cup (Elite Excalibur), and 3rd place in the Kranji Mile (Debt Collector) and the Gold Cup (Elite Excalibur).

Gilt Complex has been a revelation since joining the stable in March 2016, and through Cliff’s careful planning has achieved the ultimate success. It’s been a huge team effort with from his Syce Shar looking after him so ably to all the other syce’s and track riders contributing to the success. Sure to be crowned 2017 Champion Stayer, Gilt Complex is now a dual Group 1 winner and has amassed over 1.5 million for owners Graham Mackie and Trish Dunell. Still lightly raced, the 6 year old will prove to be a major force in the feature races again next season.