‘It’s been such a pleasure’ – trainer David Brown retires


‘It’s been such a pleasure’ – trainer David Brown calls time on his career.

When Blazing Hot competes in the closing 5f handicap (5.10) at Southwell on Monday, David Brown will have his final runner before retiring as a trainer.

When Blazing Hot reaches its conclusion, it will reveal Brown’s 15-year training career, which began when he sold his engineering business to an American company.

Brown stated, expressing his decision to retire, “I’m 78 now and it’s time. We always planned to spend about that long training horses after we sold out of the business, and we’ve had a great time, met some lovely people and been all over the world.

“We have a house in Spain and we’re going to spend more time over there, but I think I might keep a horse over here in training. We’ve done all that we wanted to do.”

When Brown started his business in 2008, he wasn’t new to racing. He had worked as a stable staff member before starting his own engineering company while attending night school.

Before getting a full license, he trained under a permit in the 1990s and owned horses with Steve Norton and Sir Michael Stoute.

Frederick Engels, the 2011 Group 2 July Stakes winner and the first winner at Royal Ascot for Sheikh Fahad and his brothers in Qatar Racing when landing the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes the same year, was Brown’s top performer during his full-time training career.

“He wanted a horse who could win at Ascot so he could have tea with the Queen and I told him this was the horse, this horse would win, and I was delighted when he did,” he said.

“He was a very good horse, he was frighteningly good really. He was that good I didn’t really have anything to work him with, so the week before Royal Ascot I galloped him with Doncaster Rover, who was rated over 100 and was leading, with the plan being for Frederick to join him.

“Well, when he was asked to quicken he picked up and went clear of him, so I thought that was enough for me to be sure he would win the next week!”

Brown trained 224 Flat winners in Britain, including Frederick Engels, who was sold to Hong Kong at the end of his juvenile season. He also trained Group 3 winner My Catch, Listed scorers Wind Fire, Medrano, and Mind Of Madness, and multiple Listed-winner Doncaster Rover.

Brown stated, “I think the horse this afternoon has a good chance, you know. Hopefully, we can end with a bang. We do have one more entered this week, but I don’t think I will run him.

“It’s been such a pleasure to train and the likes of Sheikh Fahad, John Fretwell and other owners were so supportive of me and really backed me and what we were doing.”


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