AMERICAN idol Big Brown was afforded all the attention that his superstar status deserves with a round of media commitments on Monday to rival Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott.
The 2010 Vinery recruit was paraded at Inglis’ Newmarket complex for the first time in Australia in front of upwards of 200 invited guests and a swag of media.
Big Brown’s morning began with an appearance on Nine’s Today Show – he even made the business section of Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.
On a perfect, if not a little windy, winter’s day, Big Brown handled all the fuss and attention with ease, no wonder given he is one of the most photographed horses in the world.
”Big Brown has such a fantastic temperament and I think you saw today that nothing really bothers him,” Vinery Stud’s Adam White said.
”It was very windy and there were a lot of people gathered closely around him, cameras going off everywhere, but he just took it all in his stride.”
Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse agreed.
”He’s been standing and walking around for 45 minutes but he hasn’t even turned a hair,” she said.
”He is a tall horse and very athletic,” she said,” and I really like his foals, you can see that they are a lot like him.”
White reported that Big Brown arrived at Vinery on Monday afternoon and has settled into his new surrounds quickly.
“He’s done plenty of travelling and spent some considerable time in quarantine. He looks fantastic and has little time to settle in with his first scheduled parade this morning at 10am.”
“He is unquestionably one of the greatest racehorse’s ever to shuttle to Australia. His performances on all surfaces speak for themselves. His confirmation and temperament are now on show for all to see and he is very hard to fault. Big Brown is well suited to Australian racing and conditions and has a big future ahead.”