Corey Brown Australian Jockey
Corey Brown Wins 2001-02 Sydney Premiership With 106 Wins
The present high level of competition in Australian thoroughbred racing often invites comparisons of the participants from earlier eras to those of current times.
Whether it is the horse or the jockey, the giants of earlier times left clearly defined marks for the benefit of those who now pursue established records.
In the case of jockeys, riders such as Dye, Higgins, Moore and Dittman set the bar high and one who is doing an admirable job of equaling their achievements is presented by an examination of Corey Brown.
Corey Brown Born In NSW In 1976
Brown was born in June of 1976 having the benefit of his father Jack and grandfather Trevor, both competent jockeys in New South Wales during their respective times, as mentors for himself, along with the DNA that favours those of a more diminutive nature.
Corey Brown remained close to his father after his parents divorced, and when dad offered his son the option of learning to ride or devoting his time to a career in auto mechanics, he wisely chose the former.
Corey Brown’s apprenticeship started in 1991, when Corey was a lad of fifteen. He wasted no time gaining exposure to the risks of piloting a powerful but somewhat fragile animal at high rates of speed when his first mount fractured a leg during the final stretch, producing a monumental crash.
That incident certainly shook him up, but not to sufficient degree to prevent him from taking another ride the very same day.
Brown’s first victory was courtesy of Another Square. At the urging of his idol Malcolm Johnson, he made a venture to Sydney in order to further his career. Johnson persuaded trainer Neil Campton of Brown’s talent and secured a start for him at Rosehill. His talent soon became apparent to the extent that he was vying for leading apprentice honours by 1993.
It was in October of that same year that the dangerous nature of racing would again be experienced by Corey Brown.
It was on the ninth day of that month that a race at Rosehill Gardens provided the misfortune of the rider directly in front of him, Ken Russell, going to the turf as a result of his horse Tuig breaking a leg. Corey Brown had no space or time to react and was compelled to ride over Russell, who later died of head injuries.
While it was clear that Russell’s death was no fault of Corey Brown’s, the incident shook him so severely that he very nearly gave up racing. Through a combination of his own strong character and the nurturing of Neil Compton, Brown rode again and went on to win the Sydney Apprentice Premiership for that season.
Those of us who appreciate drama would enjoy an outcome that had Brown overcoming this adversity immediately to experience triumph, but it required another six years before Brown notched his first Group 1 victory when he won the Coolmore aboard Camino Rose.
Wins Sydney Jockey Premiership
He then made a foray into the racing scene in Hong Kong before returning to Sydney to post 106 wins for the 2001-02 season, winning the Sydney Premiership in the process.
Notable wins from that campaign included the Sydney Cup and the Blue Diamond Stakes.
2003 was a particularly productive period with four Group 1 wins, including one remarkable day that produced three of those. 2004 and 2005 found Brown still performing at top level, followed by another venture to Hong Kong.
2008 found Brown again in his native land, where he used a partnership with the dominant Apache Cat to record five more Group 1 wins.
It was the following year, 2009, however, that was to find Corey Brown continuing to add to his Group 1 tally, including the Chipping Norton Stakes and racing’s crown jewel, the Melbourne Cup where he piloted Shocking to victory.
That was Brown’s ninth ride in the Cup; the victory followed two earlier second and on third place finish.
It is almost certain that Corey Brown will be enshrined in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame when he decides to retire and along with his numerous prestigious victories, he will also be commemorated for his spirit and tenacity in overcoming racing traumas that have no doubt put many a lesser man on the sidelines.