'Nomad' adds value to Ipswich
HAVE saddle will travel is the motto former Melbourne Cup winning jockey Corey Brown lives by.
Only recently returned from a four-year stint in Singapore, Brown visited Bundamba on Saturday to claim a first, a second and two third place finishes on Ipswich Cup Day.
The highlight of the day was in race 4 as Brown guided Revenire to a win in the Sirromet Bundamba Plate two-year-old handicap.
One of four runners from the Godolphin stable to make an appearance on the weekend, the win was Revenire's biggest to date.
"The whole Brisbane carnival to me has been really good,” Brown said. "I had a couple of close finishes there but managed to get a winner which was good.”
Producing the goods for trainer Darren Beadman, Brown made a triumphant return to Ipswich after a decade's absence.
"I've only ever been here once and that was about 10 years ago now,” he said. "I had a couple of close finished again that time but no winners.
"It's a unique little track and it is different to ride but it's good.”
Benefiting from international experience, Brown was happy to be back on home soil in Australia.
Making the move for family reasons, the NSW jockey has already ridden 47 winners this season.
"I'm back home and really loving it,” he said. "I'm happy for the kids. I've got three older daughters who are doing their HSC and stuff now so they wanted to come back and do their schooling at home.
"I only moved back home (to Sydney) about four months ago. The wife told me I had to lose the nomad and come back home.”
Travel has been a big part of Brown's racing career. With his first major winner in 1994, he still maintains his love of riding after 23 years on the track.
"It's been great to me the racing game,” he said. "I've ridden basically all over the world now.
"I've travelled a lot and it's been a great experience. The old saying 'have saddle will travel' rings true.”
That love of travel and racing led Brown to a four-year stint in Singapore. Although unplanned, the experience was well worth the journey.
"I went over for a four week working holiday visa and ended up staying four years,” he grinned. "Over there you only race twice a week so it's a pretty relaxed kind of lifestyle.
"Here there is something on basically every day so you keep busy. I rode 280-something winners in the four years so I've done quite well over there.
"The experience was good and I met a lot of nice people over there. I might go back one day but for now my time and effort has to be here getting back where I was.”
After a successful return to Ipswich, Brown said he was looking forward to seeing how the new improvements would change the Bundamba track.
"I'm obviously based in Sydney but I'll go wherever the big races are,” he said.
"I've had a great Brisbane winter carnival so hopefully I'll be back next year to do the same thing.
"The upgrades (to Ipswich) will be good and if you look at the crowd they get good numbers here. If they boost the facilities I'm sure it will only get better.”
COREY Brown was suspended for 11 meetings for careless riding on Revenire which won the 2YO Handicap.
His suspension will start after the completion of next Saturday's Group I Tatts Tiara meeting at Doomben. He will be able to resume riding on July 7.