BIG Brown put a full stop and exclamation mark on the end of his first completed southern hemisphere season courtesy of a rampaging 6-lens debut win to the Australian-bred The Big Easy in South Africa overnight.
The Big Easy is Big Brown’s 9th Australian bred 2yo winner from 32 runners of his first southern hemisphere crop.
The Johan Janse van Vuuren trained colt made light work of his rivals despite his 58kg impost streaking away to take out the Vaal Juvenile Plate (1450m) in the most emphatic of circumstances.
The Big Easy was sold for $52,500 at the 2012 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale from Rothwall Park Stud draft.
He is the seventh foal of the handy Luskin Star mare Livid who finished third in the Listed VATC Christmas Handicap at Caulfield and fourth in the Listed VRC Kensington Stakes.
Big Brown has made an immediate impact in South Africa where he is also represented by the recent 2YO winner, Masnoon, who was also bred in Australia.
“Masnoon and The Big Easy are Big Brown’s only 2 to race in South Africa so far; and they are both winners which opens up a lucrative market for breeders who intend to sell a Big Brown in future,” says Vinery’s Conor Phelan.
Masnoon is out of the stakeswinning Moon Dragon who won the Group 2 VATC Sandown Guineas (1600m).
The Big Easy’s smashing introduction coincides with another `big week for Big Brown’ with Big Brown’s U.K import Darwin narrowly beaten into third by Toronado in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood one and a wuarter lengths behind Kingman.
Big Brown is fast closing in on 100 winners in all corners of the globe; North and South America, Europe, the UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Big Brown has sired several promising horses from his first Vinery-season led by the Lloyd Kennewell trained Wroclaw whose only two starts to date saw her place in the SAJC Queen Adelaide Stakes and SAJC Dequetteville Stakes, both at Listed level.
Meanwhile, David Payne has a potential classic 3YO this spring and autumn in the shape of Bomber Brown who ran out an impressive winner at Rosehill over 1800m at his last appearance on May 10.
His was the same race from which VRC Derby winner Fiveandahalfstar and his Group 1 performed stablemate Drago as well as Payne’s own Honorius have emerged in recent times.