Victorian Derby mission ahead of Bomber Brown

Climbing up to 1800 metres was the catalyst for Bomber Brown to open his account in the Juvenile Stayer at Rosehill on Saturday.

The Big Brown youngster had been crying out for longer trips and he took control with front-running tactics under jockey Jeff Lloyd.  “Getting out to this distance was the key,” Lloyd said after the three-length victory.  “He got into a rhythm and gave me a nice feel.”

Bomber Brown (2g Big Brown – Talons Shown by Flying Spur) was bred by Alan Green under the Echo Beach Bloodstock banner and was a $100,000 buy for trainer David Payne at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

“He’s a good horse in the making and we targeted this race a couple of months ago,” Payne said.  “His father won a Kentucky Derby and he’s the only one I’ve got by Big Brown.

“I believe we should be running more of these staying races for two year-olds and we will keep him in work if there’s any more of them coming up.”

Payne won the equivalent event with Honorius in May 2012 and he has gone on to a Group 1 placing in the Queensland Derby and a Group 3 victory in the Craven Plate at Randwick.

The Rosehill trainer indicated the Group 1 Victorian Derby (2500m) at Flemington on November 1 is Bomber Brown’s long-term goal.  “We will aim him at those big three-year-old staying races,” he said.  “We know he will get the trip.”

Bomber Brown’s dam Talons Shown was trained by Lee Freedman to win six races up to a mile in Melbourne.  She has been a regular visitor to Vinery sires with a yearling colt by Congrats, a weanling colt by Pluck and breeding back to Big Brown last November.

Green is a partner in Vinery along with Gerry Harvey, Neil Werrett, Tom Simon, Steve McCann and Greg Perry.  He was born on Victoria’s surf coast and founded leading outdoor sports lifestyle company Quiksilver.

There have been 7 stakes winners from Big Brown’s initial crops conceived at Vinery in Kentucky.  Among them is Ground Transport who won the LR Harrison Johnson Memorial (1800m) in March and then doubled up in the LR Drosselmeyer Stakes (1800m) in New York last Monday.

Vinery has announced Big Brown will stand for a $16,500 (inc gst) service fee at its Hunter Valley base later this year.