Corey Brown is a naturally gifted, Melbourne Cup winning jockey. He seems impervious to pressure and rarely makes a mistake in races, whether he is riding in Group One races at Royal Randwick or Flemington, or a midweek maiden at Warwick Farm.
Corey was born to ride. His grandfather Trevor and father Jack were both successful jockeys in the northern NSW region. Corey is fond of recalling the moment when he made his career choice, “Dad said there were two things he could teach me to do: change tyres or become a jockey. Needless to say, tyres didn’t appeal”. Corey has ridden 33 Group One Winners with his biggest achievement winning the 2009 Melbourne Cup on Shocking.
He rode his first winner at Kempsey in 1991 on a horse called Another Square and it wasn’t long afterwards when former champion jockey Malcolm Johnston told the teenager he should move to Sydney to further his career.
After triumphant performances in Sydney Brown was invited to race in Hong Kong in 1998, where he spent three successful years. Corey returned to Sydney and in 2001/02 he won the Sydney jockeys premiership with 106 wins.
He won the 2001 Sydney Cup on Mr Prudent for the late George Hanlon and the following season he picked up more Group One suc- cesses with Fine Society in the Canterbury Guineas and Kusi in the Blue Diamond Stakes.
Then on Epsom Day 2003 Brown made the racing world sit up and take notice. He rode four winners at the feature Randwick meeting including a Group One hat-trick with Clangalang (Epsom Handicap), Niello (Spring Champion Stakes) and Unearthly (Flight Stakes). He would ride seven Group One winners in 2003/04.
Corey achieved every jockey’s goal in 2007-08 when he finished the season as the nation’s leading Group One rider with seven majors including five in succession on Apache Cat Lightning Stakes, Australia Stakes, T.J. Smith Stakes, Doomben 10,000 and BTC Cup.
The Melbourne Cup carnival of 2009 was, without doubt, Brown’s most outstanding achievements in the saddle. In the space of seven days, Corey won the Victoria Derby on Monaco Consul, Melbourne Cup with Shocking and Emirates Stakes on All American. Corey could do no wrong as he swept a hat-trick of majors on the biggest stage in Australian racing.
In 2013, Corey was awarded and extended a Singapore riding license – a period which saw him land 14 winners from 87 rides, and grant him the third highest strike rate of 16.09% among the Singapore jockey ranks.
As well as being one of the nation’s most outstanding jockeys, Corey is a dedicated family man – father to three beautiful daughters and married to wife Kylie. In 2016 the family moved back to Sydney, where Corey started it all and he made a bright start to his Sydney homecoming at Rosehill, winning his first metropolitan meeting since returning from a 3 1/2 year stint in Singapore.