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Colin Brown is not very big. He has been knocked unconscious three times in race falls and has suffered broken bones in most parts of his wiry body. But the veteran trainer-reinsman continues to be a master and an indestructible force on the racetrack.

He was barely able to walk three weeks ago but refused to take heed of well-meaning advice to take a turn on the interchange bench. Instead, he has hobbled into the sulky to land four winners over the past fortnight, scoring with Fifty Five Reborn twice and with Arma Einstein and Farawayeyes.

His victory with $3.90 chance Fifty Five Reborn in the Your One Stop Shop is at Garrard’s Horse and Hounds Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night was his 3008TH success as a driver over the past 44 years.

Few drivers have shown the same resilience as the low-key 62-year-old Brown, who continues to delight his supporters with his great skill in the sulky.

Three Sundays ago, Brown was trampled on by two skittish two-year-olds at his Banjup property. He was left battered and bruised, but simply got on with the job.

“It was a wintry day and about to pour with rain,” he said. “I was bringing two two-year-olds, a colt and a gelding, back from the paddock, and, unfortunately, my wife Lyn has chooks for a hobby, and when I walked past them, one of them took off, squawking and with its wings flapping.

“The colt took fright and I ended up on the ground. The horses trampled on me, one landed on my right foot, and I was struck on the left elbow and on my arms. Both of the horses got away.

“No bones were broken; it was all ligament damage to my foot. I have had that many broken bones that I know when bones are broken or not broken. I received two fractured vertebrae in a fall at Gloucester Park, have broken a lot of small bones in my left foot, in my chest, collarbone, ribs and elbow. I have been knocked out three times, and if I was a footballer I’d be barred.

“No, I’m not really tough. I had six falls in the space of 12 months about 20 years ago, and for a little while I was going out there (to drive) being a bit tentative. Then I realised that I had to push myself through it; no-one else was going to do it. It took me a while after I had had all those falls.”

Brown is a highly accomplished reinsman and was often a victim of circumstances. “A lot of it was just bad luck and I used to drive a lot of bad horses,” he said. “I don’t think I got myself into too much trouble.”

Brown, whose first driving success was as an 18-year-old with Go To It at York in October 1976, has produced Fifty Five Reborn, a four-year-old mare by Renaissance Man, in great fettle for stylish wins over 2130m at each of her past three starts at Gloucester Park to improve her record to 13 wins and four placings for earnings of $160,142 from 40 starts.

“She is in a happy place, and we will keep her going while she is,” said Brown. “She can’t keep winning, but we will give it a crack. At this time of the year the coats of the other horses in the stable are getting a bit rough. But she has just blossomed and looks amazing.

“Tonight, she was a bit lucky, being handed the lead.” Radiant Amber, an $18 chance, beat the polemarker and $2.30 favourite Queen Shenandoah for early pace before surrendering the lead 350m after the start to Fifty Five Reborn.

Queen Shenandoah then was left three back on the pegs in fifth position and was badly hampered for room until Chris Voak was able to get her into the clear with 250m to travel. Voak switched her four wide on the home turn and she finished fast to be second, a half-length behind Fifty Five Reborn, with Alice Kay ($3.80) fighting on gamely into third place after enjoying the perfect one-out, one-back trail.

Written by Ken Casellas | Photo Credit: Hamilton Content Creators