Corey Brown Jockey Of The Month November 2017
Jockey Of The Month: November 2017 Corey Brown
One race would not normally sway us in our selection of the Betsfree.com.au Jockey of the Month, but when that one race was the winning ride in the Melbourne Cup, we experienced little hesitation in picking Corey Brown.
Brown brought Rekindling home in the 2017 Melbourne Cup. Rekindling was the youngest horse in the race, a three-year-old in his Native Northern Hemisphere and the Melbourne Cup is typically won by more experienced horses.
Brown has been at his trade for many years. He is currently 41 years of age and can lay claim to having taken over 15,000 races. He has made over 500 starts at the Group 1 level and has won 46 of those, including another Melbourne Cup in 2009, when he brought Shocking home ahead of Crime Scene (Kerrin McEvoy) and Mourilyan (Glen Schofield).
Brown has done the majority of his riding in New South Wales and he has two Sydney Cups to show for it. He was the driver of Polarisation in 2017, where he crossed ahead of favourite Big Duke and Glenn Boss riding for Charlie Appleby.
Sixteen years prior, he was on Mr. Prudent, taking the race from two shorter priced horses for his Sydney Cup win in 2001.
Brown’s other big victory was the 2005 Australian Derby at Royal Randwick, when he was riding Eremein.
The statistic that jumps out with regard to Corey Brown, along with the staggering number of times he has started, is the $114 million in prize money he has accumulated since 2000.
Trainers have entrusted Brown with more than a few worthy horses, Shocking and Apache Cat being the two most prominent.
Brown won his first Group 1 race, as best we can determine, in 2003, when he won not one, but five. Those were the Canterbury Guineas (Fine Society), the Blue Diamond Stakes (Kusi), the Epsom Handicap (Clangalang), the Spring Champion Stakes (Niello) and the Flight Stakes (Unearthly).
Along with the two Melbourne Cup and Sydney Cup wins, Brown won the Black Caviar Lightning on two occasions, in 2017 on Terravista and in 2008 on Apache Cat.
Brown got his start in 1991 aboard Starry Dale. All these years later, he has proven consistent enough that he has been handed the reins by Chris Waller over 200 times. His history extends far back enough to have ridden for Lee Freedman and John Hawks. Brown’s win/place strike rate for those three averages 38 percent, but he has a 48 percent strike rate when he is working for Bryan Guy, which Brown has for over 100 races.
Congratulations to the Bestsfree.com.au Jockey of the Month, Corey Brown.