Inferno - Singapore's New King

Cliff Brown is no stranger to saddling up Singapore's best and he didn't have to wait long between drinks before he crowned a new superstar in Inferno.

Joining the trainer's ranks in 2008, Brown has enjoyed plenty of success, headed by Debt Collector (Debt Agent) who won five Group 1's for Brown between 2016 and 2018.

Star sprinter Zac Spirit also won two Lion City Cups in the year's prior with 2016 a stand-out season for Brown, notching up five Group 1 wins (Lion City Cup, Singapore Guineas, QE11 Cup, Kranji Mile & Raffles Cup).

At his peak Debt Collector was rated 113 by Timeform and the pronounced champion of Singapore.

He rounded out his career in Singapore in May 2019, with Inferno winning on debut just two months later.

Replacing a horse of Debt Collector's stature is never easy, though fast forward just 15 months and Brown again finds himself at the top of the tree.

INFERNO winning the LION CITY CUP GROUP 1
INFERNO winning the LION CITY CUP GROUP 1 Picture: Singapore Turf Club

Sunday's Lion City Cup was Inferno's biggest test, he had toyed with his own age group, but there was nowhere to hide against Singapore's best sprinters.

Drawn wide, he adopted his customary position towards the rear of the field, travelling strongly in the running line (three-wide).

Enjoying the fast tempo, Inferno just trucked along and looked to be bolting approaching the 500m — spoiler he was.

Pulling the widest on straightening, he just tanked up to them and quickly hit the front passing the 300m, racing away to score by 2.3L.

Not since Rocket Man in 2012 has a horse won the Lion City Cup by such a margin, emphasising Inferno's dominance.

Now before getting too carried away, Inferno is a long, long way off Rocket Man, but Sunday's performance does see him crowned Singapore's best.

Rated 113 by Timeform, it is the highest rated performance of any local horse since Debt Collector in March, 2017.

A winner of eight of his nine starts, suspect he still has more to come and is on track to eclipse his former stable star.

Since arriving in Singapore star sprinter Zac Spirit remains Brown's highest rated galloper (TF: 119), I would love to know whether he feels Inferno can eclipse that mark.

Inferno has improved with every run and Sunday's race was the first time we'd see him in a race run at a strong tempo.

Some horses struggle to adapt to this sudden change in conditions, he clearly didn't and gave us a glimpse at what is really under the bonnet, he toyed with them.

Where he heads now remains up in the air, but I doubt we will ever get even money about him again (unless he heads overseas).

He is in a different league, Singapore has its new superstar!

 


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Kranji

Sunday, 25th October 2020

10
16:30
(local)

LION CITY CUP GROUP 1 (SGG1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
SGD $400,000
1200m TURF GOOD
10
16:30
(local)
SGD $400,000
1200m GOOD

LION CITY CUP GROUP 1 (SGG1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 8. INFERNO (AUS) 4yo G
HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (IRE) - SPINA ROSA (AUS)
VLAD DURIC
CLIFFORD BROWN
$1.80
57.5kg
Barree Stable

Sales Information

2nd 9. MR MALEK (NZ) 4yo G
SWISS ACE (AUS) - TINA (NZ)
R MAIA
LEE FREEDMAN
$4.60
57.5kg
OSCAR RACING STABLE
3rd 6. NOWYOUSEE (NZ) 6yo G
O'REILLY (NZ) - FABULIST (NZ)
S NOH
KS TAN
$43.00
57.5kg
TITANIUM RACING STABLE

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4th 7. ZAC KASA (AUS) 6yo G
RESET (AUS) - UNABATED (AUS)
I AZHAR
CLIFFORD BROWN
$56.80
57.5kg

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5th 10. SAFEER (NZ) 6yo G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - AHNA (NZ)
BENNY WOODWORTH
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$24.00
57.5kg

Sales Information

6th 4. GRAND KOONTA (IRE) 5yo G
DARK ANGEL (IRE) - WRONG KEY (IRE)
LOUIS-PHILIPPE BEUZELIN
J PETERS
$8.40
57.5kg

Sales Information

7th 1. SKYWALK (NZ) 7yo G
BATTLE PAINT (USA) - DAYSTAR (NZ)
RYAN MUNGER
J PETERS
$56.60
57.5kg

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8th 5. SURPASS NATURAL (AUS) 5yo G
ELVSTROEM (AUS) - LOMINATA (AUS)
JUAN PAUL VAN DER MERWE
LETICIA DRAGON
$16.80
57.5kg
9th 16. GINGERELLA (AUS) 6yo M
GINGERBREAD MAN (AUS) - JESTERVALE (AUS)
C C WONG
J ONG
$127.40
56.0kg

Sales Information

10th 2. FAME STAR (USA) 5yo G
TWIRLING CANDY (USA) - FANLIGHT FANNY (USA)
MARC LERNER
J O'HARA
$10.20
57.5kg
11th 3. EXCELLING (AUS) 6yo G
MANHATTAN RAIN (AUS) - PRINCESS RUHIE (AUS)
KASIM A'ISISUHAIRI
LEE FREEDMAN
$10.20
57.5kg

Sales Information

12th 12. EYE GUY (AUS) 6yo G
BRADBURY'S LUCK (AUS) - LACADA POINT (AUS)
JOSEPH SEE
J LIM
$253.60
57.5kg

Sales Information

13th 11. ARAMANI (AUS) 5yo G
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - QUEEN OF THE FALLS (AUS)
SIMON KOK
SHANE DONALD BAERTSCHIGER
$53.20
57.5kg

Sales Information

14th 15. STREET CRY SUCCESS (AUS) 6yo G
STREET CRY (IRE) - KOALA BEAR (AUS)
JOHN SUNDRADAS
MARK WALKER
$263.80
57.5kg

Sales Information

15th 14. MAN OF MYSTERY (AUS) 6yo G
ALL TOO HARD (AUS) - BLACK MINX (NZ)
M EWE
MARK WALKER
$307.80
57.5kg

Sales Information

16th 13. COUSTEAU (AUS) 6yo G
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - MARITIME (AUS)
SAIFUDIN ISMAIL
MARK WALKER
$344.60
57.5kg

Sales Information

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