Brown secures win but faces early surgery to fix shoulder
Date: January 2 2013
CHAMPION jockey Corey Brown will have surgery on his left shoulder on Wednesday after starting the year by winning the Tattersalls Club Cup on Moriarty and getting suspended at Rosehill yesterday.
Brown, pictured right, had planned to delay the surgery until after the autumn but intense pain from the plate in his shoulder, which had loosened from its eight screws, caused him to book in for surgery.
''Even with the painkillers I have been on, it has been killing me,'' Brown said. ''I could hardly lift after riding at Gosford [on Monday]. I just had to get in and get it done and luckily I could get in tomorrow [Wednesday].''
The shoulder had been troubling him all spring and when he knocked it in the barriers at Gosford last Thursday and had to be stood down, it further aggravated the problem.
Brown was still able to bag the Tattersalls Club Cup with a daring ride on Moriarty, taking a narrow run on the outside to burst clear and beat Darci Be Good and Angelus. ''I held my breath there as Corey took that run,'' trainer Chris Waller said. ''We put so much pressure on our jockeys to win and they do a gutsy job.''
Brown admitted it was a tight run he had aimed up for Moriarty but it was the difference between winning and losing. ''I knew if I could get through, he would sprint quickly,'' Brown said. ''If I had come out and gone around them it would have cost me a couple of lengths and I probably wouldn't have won.''
Moriarty gave Waller another wining double after Pipette made it back-to-back wins earlier over 1800m. She will target the Belle Of Turf at Gosford on Thursday week, where Moriarty is likely to back up in the Cup.
Brown earned the ire of stewards when Urban Rocker checked Lucarno, ridden by Glyn Schofield, at the 1100m. The pair had been involved in a bumping jolt on Saturday and acting chairman Greg Rudolph made it clear he didn't want to see any more ''niggle'' between the senior riders. ''If there is a clash of personalities or ego it becomes an issue,'' Rudolph said. ''You can't take it out onto the track, where it can affect safety and have serious consequences.''
Brown was given nine meetings for careless riding and can return on January 19. Rudolph reminded Brown of his obligation to let stewards know he would be unavailable to ride at Newcastle on Wednesday and it was not good enough to do it on a public holiday without 24 hours' notice.
It should be enough time for him to be fit again after his operation, which will be done by Schofield's doctor.
''We are competitors on the track but get on great off it,'' Schofield said.
''My man is doing his shoulder tomorrow.''
Apprentice Sam Clipperton was also suspended for three meetings from Saturday for causing interference in the straight on Monton in the Tattersalls Club Cup. He will be back on January 12.
Meanwhile, Gai Waterhouse admits next week's Magic Millions Guineas wasn't on the agenda for No Looking Back but the three-year-old filly's gutsy win in Tuesday's Carrington Stakes has it in focus.
No Looking Back looked beaten early in the straight but dug deep and found a way to nose out Zaratone, winning by a short half-head with Skytrain a nose away third.
''She can go to the Magic Millions now,'' Waterhouse said. ''That was huge for a filly to beat the older horses given the weights were so much against her.
''She has taken a long time to mature and I have just kept chipping away and she has got there. Because of that, what we did when we were programming her was work back from the Coolmore Classic [in March].
''I knew the owners were keen to go to the Magic Millions but it wasn't until the last week that she looked like getting there.''