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Relief for Brown with win of Kiko

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Cliff Brown was a relieved trainer after Kiko scored at Sandown.

KIKO winning the Evergreen Turf Handicap at Sportsbet Sandown Lakeside in Springvale, Australia.
KIKO winning the Evergreen Turf Handicap at Sportsbet Sandown Lakeside in Springvale, Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

Cliff Brown was entitled to be a nervous wreck when saddling Kiko at Sandown after being entrusted with training the mare while her regular conditioner Jim Conlan recovers from knee surgery. 

There had been plenty of banter leading up to the Evergreen Turf Handicap (1200m) on Wednesday between Brown, Conlan and the mare's owner Nick Turnbull, and the only way for Brown to come out on top was for Kiko to be victorious. 

That Kiko ($4) was under Blake Shinn, registering a three-quarter length victory over Ithadtobezou ($10) with Starianne ($10) a further 1-¼ length away third. 

Brown and Conlan have been longtime friends and Brown did not miss the opportunity to have a dig at Kiko's former trainer post-race. 

"We've improved her for sure," Brown said with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek. 

"You could see the difference in her in the yard, but it was good to see her do it. She deserved it. 

"They've been at me all day, and anything less than victory was going to be disappointing, so a midweek win at Sandown, it's a complete relief." 

Kiko had won just once in 15 starts before starting this campaign with Conlan and has now added two victories and two second place finishes from four runs since kicking off in May. 

The mare joined Brown after her previous start on June 19, when second at Sandown. 

"We're great mates and as soon as Jim's knee is right, she will go straight back," Brown said. 

"She came to me after her last run. She may have another run, she may not. It all depends." 

Brown trained a number of horses for Turnbull during his time in Singapore before returning to Australia, including Mister Yeoh who was a good money spinner for the Brown stable and his owner, while Conlan prepares the majority of the owner's horses in Melbourne. 

"He (Mister Yeoh) won more than $500,000 up in Singapore. He wasn't a bad horse," Brown said. 


Racing and Sports

Sandown-Lakeside

Wednesday, 10th July 2024

6
15:20
(local)

Evergreen Turf Handicap

Age: 4yo and up Sex: M WT: 54.0kg Type: BM70
AUD $50,000
1200m TURF HEAVY
6
15:20
(local)
AUD $50,000
1200m HEAVY

Evergreen Turf Handicap

Age: 4yo and up Sex: M WT: 54.0kg Type: BM70


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 7. KIKO (AUS) 4yo M
CAPITALIST (AUS) - SKY TREASURE (USA)
BLAKE SHINN
CLIFF BROWN
$4
59kg
N J Turnbull, Mrs R T Turnbull & P Hoban

Sales Information

2nd 6. ITHADTOBEZOU (AUS) 4yo M
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - DEFINE (AUS)
BEAU MERTENS
DANNY O'BRIEN
$10
59kg
B J Lindsay & Mrs J E A Lindsay

Sales Information

3rd 8. STARIANNE (AUS) 4yo M
SEBRING (AUS) - ARIANNE (NZ)
BEN ALLEN
TRENT BUSUTTIN & NATALIE YOUNG
$10
59kg
Mystery Downs (Mgr: F W Cook), Mrs C M Cook, D P Juratowitch, Mrs S H Juratowitch, R M Anderson, Mrs P Anderson, P R Darby, P A O'Dea, S Toohill, Mrs K Toohill, R K Austerberry, D Reiger, C W Kwok, Widden Stud Pty Ltd (Mgr: A W Thompson) & Busuttin Racing (Mgr: T L Busuttin)

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4th 3. WRITTEN IN CODE (AUS) 4yo M
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - WRITTEN DASH (AUS)
DAMIAN LANE
ANNABEL NEASHAM
$3.8
60kg

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5th 10. LIBICA (AUS) 4yo M
OVERSHARE (AUS) - SISTINE STAR (AUS)
PAUL GATT
CHERYL WELLER
$21
56.5kg

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6th 1. JENNIPENDING (AUS) 4yo M
IMPENDING (AUS) - KANDY KORN (AUS)
JAYLAH KENNEDY
CIARON MAHER
$6.5
58.5kg

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7th 5. CUTE AS (AUS) 4yo M
THRONUM (AUS) - MISS CUTIE (AUS)
BLAIKE MCDOUGALL
SHANE FLIEDNER
$12
59kg
8th 4. DEMANDO (AUS) 6yo M
NICCONI (AUS) - OUTOF THE QUESTION (AUS)
JAMIE MOTT
ANDREW NOBLET
$16
59.5kg

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9th 9. STARLEA (AUS) 5yo M
STAR WITNESS (AUS) - ANNLEA (AUS)
CELINE GAUDRAY
MATHEW ELLERTON
$16
55.5kg

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10th 12. ELOPED (AUS) 6yo M
FIORENTE (IRE) - BOLD SELECTION (AUS)
PATRICK MOLONEY
JACK LAING
$21
54.5kg

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11th 11. RUSSIAN BENEFITS (AUS) 4yo M
RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (AUS) - BLISS STREET (AUS)
TATUM BULL
MICHAEL MEHEGAN
$26
53kg

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