Patience pays off for the debuting Mornington winner

Photo: Reg Ryan

Cliff Brown has produced Place Of Gold to score a first-up win at Mornington

Cliff Brown’s patience has been rewarded with Place Of Gold giving the coach a debut win at Mornington.

Brown, who wins twice at Cranbourne in August, could have pushed the button at the time and given Turffontein’s son a start during the spring.

But the Mornington-based rider chose to give the three-year-old a break and bring him back and start his career in The Big Screen Company Maiden Plate (1200m) on Wednesday.

In what players thought was a two-horse race, Place Of Gold ($ 2.35) was well managed by Ethan Brown to record a 1-½ length victory from $ 2.15 favorite Keppel Bay with Sally Sunshine ($ 10) by the same margin from third .

A $ 60,000 purchase for a year at Melbourne Premier Sale 2020, Place Of Gold will continue to improve with racing, according to stable spokesman Tony Lane.

“It’s a really good way to start his career,” Lane told

“And kudos to Ethan for a great trip.

“He had tried really well and we were very happy with the way he had run. We were pretty sure he would run really well.

“But there are a lot of improvements waiting. He is still pretty green and new to everything, so he wants to improve with racing.”

Ethan Brown said there were plenty of merits in the victory and said the Place Of Gold was a lovely horse that went places.

“He ran with them, but there was some pressure early on, so I chose to come back,” Brown said.

“We had coverage for half the race, but here at Mornington I do not think it’s such a big deal if one gets caught a bit exposed.

“He was able to slip into it when the pace came out of the race and he was strong through the line.”

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