It’s A Family Affair For Brown


Tameeka Brown was always going to have a career in racing. It’s in her genes and part of her DNA.

With a family steeped in racing history, Brown grew up living and breathing race horses.

Brown’s grandfather Keith Jeffreys is a prominent Pinjarra trainer, who has prepared several top gallopers including Royal Lott.

Jeffreys is also recognised as a leading provincial racing administrator and was Chairman of the Pinjarra Race Club for 15 years.

Jeffreys’ brother Warren was also a respected trainer and his niece, Donna Riordan, is currently based at Ascot.

“I was brought up with racing and have been around it all my life,” Brown told The Races WA.

“I always remember going to the races with my grandfather all the time.

“That’s how my interest and passion in racing really developed.

“Keith is still a major influence and a great supporter of mine.

“He is always on the phone ready to give me advice whenever I need it.

“Racing has definitely been a family beginning.

“When you stick to it stays with you.”

Brown followed in the footsteps of her family when she took out her trainer’s license in 2008.

Before making the leap and branching out on her own she broadened her racing knowledge overseas.

“I worked in Europe with Coolmoore during the stud season,” Brown said.

“I also worked at a few stables in England learning the ropes.

“It was a great experience to see how they train their horses over there.

“It certainly fuelled my interest in racing.”

Cherie Amour gave Brown her first training success. The Husson Lightning mare is a half-sister to Rapisarda, a gelding who has struck a rich vein of form.

The lightly raced four-year-old is Brown’s stable standard bearer and remains unbeaten since resuming last December, winning a hat trick of races at Narrogin and Bunbury.

And continuing the family association in racing, Rapisarda is part-owned by Brown’s brother.

“Rocky organised a bunch of his friends to get involved in the horse,” Brown said.

“A lot of them are first time owners who are getting a great thrill.

“They are big supporters of the horse and that’s what you like to see, new people getting involved and enjoying racing.”

If looking after a team of horses, albeit a small number, is not busy enough for Brown, she juggles her commitments raising a young family with partner and fellow trainer Brett Pope.

Brown says daughters Willow, aged three and Dakota, an eight-week-old, keep her busy, but also give her a sense of perspective.

“It’s interesting, but it works,” Brown said.

“I have a fantastic lady who helps out.

“It can get flat out and busy, but it provides great balance in your life.”

Brown believes if Rapisarda can remain sound, there are more wins in store for the son of Planet Five.

She hopes to take him to town next start, racing at Ascot mid-week.

Julio Santarelli