IRC Q&A: Corey Brown

Australian Corey Brown enjoyed a glittering career in the saddle before an unfortunate spinal injury brought his career to an end in 2021.


Corey began his riding career in Country NSW before transferring his indentures to Rosehill trainer and former top jockey, Neil Campton. He won his first race at Kempsey in 1991 and eight years later scored his first Group 1 victory aboard Camino Rose in the Coolmore Classic at Rosehill Gardens.

He won the 2001/02 Sydney Jockeys Premiership with 106 wins and was runner-up on four other occasions. He also rode extensively in ten other countries including England, Ireland, France, Dubai, Singapore, Mauritius, South Africa, Macau, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

In the 2007/08 racing season, Corey was Australia’s leading Group 1 rider bagging seven wins at the top level including five straight aboard Apache Cat. Two massive further career highlights were riding Shocking to victory in the 2009 Melbourne Cup and  Rekindling to win the 2017 Melbourne Cup.

In describing his Cup triumphs, Corey noted: “If I could bottle {that feeling) and give everyone a taste of what I experienced in the last 200 metres … well, you just couldn’t put a price on it. Everything just stands still. It’s just you and your horse.”

Earlier this year Corey was appointed the new Head Jockey Coach for Racing NSW to mentor apprentice jockeys.  He leads the coaching and mentoring team of former top jockey Rodney Quinn, Group One-winning trainer Pat Webster and former successful NSW jockeys Jamie Whitney, Dale Jeffries, Brad Clark and Scott Thurlow.

Here is our Q & A with Corey Brown, who spoke to GARETH PEPPER.

1. Full name? Corey Brown

2. Date of Birth? 15/06/1976

3. Steak or sushi? Steak

4. Superstitions? Not really

5. Fav Holiday Destination?  Bali

6. Which: BMW or Merc?  Lexus

7. Who inspires you the most?  On the track – Darren Beadman/ Mick Kinane. Off Track my beautiful Grand Children

8. Big night out or quiet night inBig Night Out provided its an all day event the next day

9. Left-handed or right-handed?  Right

10. Number of winners and number of Gr1 wins?  2700, 52 Gr1

11. What annoys you the most?  People driving in the fast lane when going slowly & People standing next to the baggage claim waiting for their bags!

12. What coaching jockeys means to you? It means so much. It is the closest I will ever get to being out on the horse again.

13. Funniest person you have ever met? Noel Callow

14. Best country to ride in outside of Australia? France

15. Strict whip rules or no whip at all? Strict whip rules

16. What is your biggest phobia?  Snakes, I’m a country boy, but I can’t stand the feel or sight of them!

17. Most embarrassing moment?  Not much embarrasses me!

18. Colts or fillies? Colts

19. Best friend in racing? Hugh Bowman

20. Proudest Achievement? My Two Melbourne Cups

21. Your spinal injury: Updated news? Unfortunately, I have had to hang up my boots, 10 years before I would have considered retirement. Due to severe injury, I can never ride again.

22. One thing to make racing better for everyone? There is not much we can do to make it better in Australia. We are very lucky.

23. Biggest ambition? Right now I would like to find a kid in the middle of nowhere (indigenous) and turn him into a Group 1 jockey.

24. Your star sign? Gemini

25. Present state of mind considering your setbacks?  I am in a very good place now. I am clawing my way back.

26. Best advice for aspiring jockeys? Roll with the punches, but most importantly, Keep turning up – It will happen. 

27. Read or Netflix?  Netflix

28. Would you rather ask for permission or ask for forgiveness?  Forgiveness, I’ve never asked for permission!

29. Nominate someone for our Q&A next?   Jason Collett

Nominate two horses to follow for the rest of this season? Mazu, the recent Doomben 10,000 Winner & a 2YO called Sejardan trained by Gary Portelli

Chosen charity for readers to donate to: Equine Pathways – I am helping a young lady called Kate Nipperess raise funds to get to the Paralympics. She deserves all support she can get. 

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