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NZ owners ready to follow Brownes

NZ owners ready to follow Brownes


New Zealand trainers Emma-lee and David Browne say they’re thrilled the majority of their owners have thrown their support behind the stable’s imminent move to Australia.

The Brownes have acquired 40 boxes at Cranbourne and the first of their horses are set to arrive across the Tasman in the next few months including stable stars Elephant and Rhinoceros who are already comfortable with Victorian racing having racked up the winners last spring.

“We’ve been really fortunate that 95% of our owners have been so keen to race in Australia,” said Emma-lee.

“They talk about it all the time, they wanted to be part of the Spring campaign we had so we’ve got an amazing client base that have been so supportive in what we’re wanting to do.

“A lot of the horses are coming over, not all in one go, I’m going to stay through to April here in New Zealand and send them over as they’re ready here or come out of spelling and things like that with a full move in April.

“I’m really looking forward to moving over and being part of Victorian racing, it will be tough but we’re really looking forward to the challenge.”

Many in the stable are already accustomed to the Cranbourne training facility with the Brownes having previously stayed with good friends co-trainers Natalie Young and Trent Busutin when travelling horses to compete in Victoria since the latter made a similar move themselves five years ago.

“We’d always had a thought about it and it had been something that we’d discussed for quite a few years, she said.

“It’s been really good having someone that’s done the move before and giving us things to think about and helpful tips and obviously with them having the children as well it’s been good to talk to them about the family side of stuff too.”


Browne is hoping the stable can strike this Autumn with Elephant leading the charge aimed up at the $5million All-Star Mile.

The interestingly-named son of Shocking is already popular with Australian punters having won two of his five starts in Victoria last spring including the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m).

The popular Kiwi has been well supported in early voting for the All-Star Mile, currently placed eighth overall on 2251 votes with the Brownes campaigning strongly to get him a start in the world’s richest mile race.

“We’re trying pretty hard. It’s pretty ambitious but we were pretty ambitious when we came in the spring as well so we tend to do that we try to aim high and if that doesn’t work we’ve got a few options up our sleeve.

“We’ve tried really hard, we’ve had great support from New Zealand, a lot of our friends and our family.”

The five-year-old returned to New Zealand after finishing third in October’s Group 2 Crystal Mile and Browne assures he’s strengthened up over the summer break.

“I think he’s grown up a lot, we brought him over a baby pretty much he was pretty lightly-raced, he’d never travelled off the farm.

“This time around he’s a much more mature racehorse, he’s stronger, he’s probably also mentally stronger.”

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