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Offline InTheKnow

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O.P. « 2009-Aug-18, 12:26 PM »
Warwick Barr
Tuesday, 18 August 2009


A jockey who has defied medical advice to ride again and a horse brought out of retirement will be trying to make the most of second chances at Randwick on Saturday.

Damian Browne, who rides with a steel rod in his leg, will continue an association with comeback galloper Court Command in the Warwick Stakes.

“I’ve never ridden in Sydney so it will be a fantastic opportunity,” the 36-year-old Caloundra-based jockey said.

Trainer Liam Birchley tried to book a leading Sydney jockey for the weight-for-age race but when his search was unsuccessful, he turned to Browne for a second time.

Browne rode replaced Hong Kong-based jockey Zac Purton on Court Command in the Stradbroke Handicap and he was in the saddle when the stallion lumped 60.5kg to a first-up Eagle Farm win last week.

A Sydney weight-for-age victory would cap a remarkable comeback for both horse and jockey.

“About three years ago I smashed my leg in a fall and had two plates and 17 screws inserted,” Browne revealed.

“I was out for two years and then three weeks after coming back I broke the same leg in a different place and I was out for 10 months.

“The doctors told me to give racing away because they reckoned my leg wouldn’t stand up to the rigors of riding but I was determined to ride again.

“As it is now, I can only take four rides at a meeting while I’ve got the rod in my leg.”

Browne has ridden two Group I winners, highlighted by his 1996 South Australian Derby success on the Victorian-trained Cheviot.

He thinks Court Command is going well to put him back in the national spotlight in the Group II Warwick Stakes.

“Obviously he beat moderate opposition last week but he carried weight and he ran good time,” Browne said.

“Court Command likes to dictate and looking at the noms I think Liam has found the right race for him.”

A six-year-old, Court Command, the 2006 Golden Rose winner and a Caulfield Guineas placegetter in the same year, stood one season at stud in Queensland before his racing career was resurrected under Birchley’s care with instant success in the BTC Sprint at Doomben in May

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« 2010-Jan-08, 06:36 PM Reply #1 »
Is DB injured again?

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« 2010-Jan-08, 08:51 PM Reply #2 »
I think he had his leg operated on again SW

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« 2010-Jan-27, 09:41 PM Reply #3 »
Tremendous effort to make a comeback after that.

Browne back to winning form after leg surgery


By Glenn Davis
BRISBANE, Jan 27 AAP - Jockey Damian Browne made a triumphant comeback to the saddle following recent leg surgery with a victory aboard Troubled at Eagle Farm.
Browne, who is restricted to only four rides a meeting because of the seriousness of his leg injury, produced a dashing front-running ride on Troubled who won Wednesday's Childhood Cancer Support Hcp (1500m) by two lengths.
Browne suffered horrific injuries to his left leg in a race fall three years ago and spent 22 months recovering before making his comeback last year.
The former Kiwi rider underwent surgery on his left leg last month to remove screws and a rod and only returned to the saddle last Saturday.
"I had a rod and some screws removed from my leg and I only got back to riding last Saturday and rode two winners at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday," Browne said.
"I can still only take four rides a day but I'm going to see a specialist in six weeks and hopefully I'll get a clearance to ride in more races."
Browne initially feared he would never ride again as a result of the injuries from the Gold Coast fall.
It was the second serious leg injury Browne had suffered since arriving in Queensland in 2002 when he was approached to ride for breeder Jon Haseler and Glenlogan Park Stud near Beaudesert.
Browne, who won the 1996 South Australian Derby on the Cliff Brown-trained Cheviot, has had great success since his arrival winning a number of black-type races in Queensland.
Troubled is trained by Michael Lakey who celebrated a winning double when Ro's Purring won the Myer Handicap (1000m) under Chris Whiteley.
Ro's Purring showed she had a bright future when she maintained her unblemished record from two starts with a two length win over Rich Baby.
Lakey is hoping the four-year-old daughter of Lonhro can measure up to the Brisbane winter carnival after her courageous all-the-way victory.
"She's only had two runs because of bad knees," Lakey said.
"She had a high reserve on her as a yearling at the Inglis Sales but the x-rays she had a week before showed she had some spurs on the knee which required an operation."
Ro's Purring is a half-sister to the Robert Smerdon-trained Global Warming, a winner of seven races including the Listed Canterbury Classic (1100m) in January, 2008.

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« 2011-Mar-05, 08:24 PM Reply #4 »
Damian needs to get  some kind of praise for his ride on Rothera today  :yes:

This guy is the best jockey in Qld by lengths  :yes:
No question.

He should be in Sydney or Mlb winning the big Group 1 races  :yes:

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« 2011-Mar-05, 08:32 PM Reply #5 »
I could only laugh when Easy Running was sent around at $1.75 in R4 at EF based on Browne's win on it last start   :lol:
Browne won the race for connections, no doubt !!
I do not know if he sacked it, or the connections sacked him, but if it was the latter, it was an horrendous mistake   :yes:
To think a 2kg apprentice will ride your horse within lengths of D.Browne is hilarious.
I am not having a go at Hellyer either.
The fact is Browne is a freak  :yes:


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« 2011-Mar-06, 01:39 AM Reply #6 »
Gee DJ you have some beauties in QLD, Damian Browne should be riding Group One winners and Alicia Willick one of the best in the country!! Ya don't mind puttin' a rap on do ya??  :lol:   :lol:  gives them something to live up to doesn't it?? talk about pressure??

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« 2011-Mar-06, 06:47 PM Reply #7 »
Gee DJ you have some beauties in QLD, Damian Browne should be riding Group One winners and Alicia Willick one of the best in the country!! Ya don't mind puttin' a rap on do ya??   :lol:     :lol:   gives them something to live up to doesn't it?? talk about pressure??

I just call it as I see it Jim.
Just to clarify though, I didn't say Alicia was one of the best in the country, but definitely is in Qld.

The thing I like about Browne is the way he has his mounts travelling in the run. In all the races I watch Australia wide, I cannot find anyone else that consistently has their mounts "travelling" and in the right spot so often. They respond under pressure like few others also. He does not get beaten in many photo finishes  :nowink:


4 rides for 3 wins and a 3rd today at Caloundra so I don't think the pressure got to him   :lol:
I think Alicia trained about 4 winners the week after I gave her a rap also  :chin:

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« 2011-Mar-06, 08:27 PM Reply #8 »
mate I am in no way contradicting you, I love people who put their Go nads on the line when they have an opinion whether I agree with it or not( in this case I don't have an opinion anyway so I will adhere to yours on this occasion)

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« 2011-Mar-07, 09:40 PM Reply #9 »
This is a perfect photo to indicate Damian Browne's ability IMO
R1 on a horse that should not have won

http://www.racingwrap.com/doomben-19211.html  

All jockeys- especially apprentices should look at this and learn

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Link may not be working- go to www.racingwrap.com  check race reviews 19/02/11 at Doomben race 1
« Last Edit: 2011-Mar-07, 09:45 PM by DJH »

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« 2011-Mar-07, 09:48 PM Reply #10 »

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« 2011-Mar-07, 09:54 PM Reply #11 »
Thanks Matt    emthup  
I couldn't work out how to put up the actual photo!

Looking at that photo, it is no wonder he is as good as he is

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« 2011-Mar-12, 08:04 PM Reply #12 »
Another double today on the back of a double at EF on Wednesday.

He does alright considering he only takes 4 rides a day!

He is  one of very few jockeys who will get non triers to win  :yes:
Almost always has them in the right spot.

2 rides people should watch are Candice last Sunday and Silverzen on Wednesday.

99/100 other jocks get beaten on both of them  :yes:

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« 2011-Mar-13, 12:11 PM Reply #13 »
He does alright considering he only takes 4 rides a day!

I don't think that applies these daze.

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« 2011-Mar-25, 12:29 PM Reply #14 »
I don't think that applies these daze.
I don't think it is "required" anymore, but he seems reluctant to take many more rides  :chin:
From his last 12 meetings, he has taken 5 rides 3 times with the rest 4 or less.
Before that he never took more than 4 rides.


Since I first posted on Browne, he has had 24 metro rides for 10 wins!!

I don't think there would be many jocks that could match that currently?
I dont have his POT handy but it would be phenomenal  :yes:



Unfortunately for me, he has been beaten on a few I thought would win( Excellantes at the top of that list ) and got a couple home that I thought couldn't win  :shy:
I cant bag him for any of his beaten rides though, except 1 at Caloundra ( which I didnt back)was ordinary.

I  rate him as one of the best I have seen anywhere in recent times

« Last Edit: 2011-Mar-25, 12:34 PM by DJH »

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« 2011-Mar-25, 09:44 PM Reply #15 »
how old is DB  :what:

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« 2011-Mar-25, 09:57 PM Reply #16 »
how old is DB  :what:

Good question??
I have no idea.

I know he is not young, I would guess maybe mid to late 30s??

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« 2011-Mar-25, 09:58 PM Reply #17 »
38 I believe.

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« 2011-Mar-26, 12:40 PM Reply #18 »
Why is he not riding Trump in the 2nd today ?

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« 2011-Mar-27, 08:47 PM Reply #19 »
Why is he not riding Trump in the 2nd today ?
I don't know why he didn't ride yesterday, but he was recorded as ill and required a medical certificate before riding again.

Seemed to make a miraculous recovery today where he had 3 rides for 2 wins and a close 2nd   emthup

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« 2011-Mar-28, 11:57 AM Reply #20 »
I don't know why he didn't ride yesterday, but he was recorded as ill and required a medical certificate before riding again.

Seemed to make a miraculous recovery today where he had 3 rides for 2 wins and a close 2nd    emthup  

24 hrs is a long time when ur a jockey  would say he was dehydrated from wasting saturday morning had heavier rides on sunday and was able to replenish his fluids  :beer:

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« 2011-Apr-02, 04:02 PM Reply #21 »
He has achieved the impossible.

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« 2011-Apr-02, 04:05 PM Reply #22 »
He has achieved the impossible.

Ya know who I have got mixed up ?  :shy:

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« 2011-Apr-02, 05:37 PM Reply #23 »
Browne continued his good form today with another double, from only 4 rides

A few nervous moments with the 2nd leg, but got the cash

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« 2011-May-21, 05:30 PM Reply #24 »
A bit of D. Browne magic on Woorim today to win the BTC Cup.

What a ride  :clap2:


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