well-named Well Done (NZ) (Falkirk) showed that all the pre-race doubts about
his ability to run out a strong 2000m were totally unfounded when he conjured
up a blinding turn of foot inside the last 100m to record a pulsating win in
the $1.15 million SGP Gr. 1 Emirates Singapore Derby (2000m) on Sunday.
Falkirk chestnut was as convincing as any when he won the Group 1 Patron’s Bowl
(1600m), the second Leg of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge of which the Derby
is the third and final Leg, three weeks ago, but most thought he had things his
way with a soft run on the rails.
Though third at his only one attempt over the
1 ¼ mile, most were unsure if he would have the same turn of foot with another
quarter-mile to cover, even if his barrier No 4 presented itself as a good
Jockey Michael Rodd probably gave connections and those who took his $29
odds reasons to breathe better when he was able to find the fence, settling
worse than midfield while expected frontrunner Time Odyssey (Jet Master) rolled
to the lead before throwing out the anchors in the backstretch.
two-thirds of the race had gone to plan well enough for Well Done, but things
looked dicey upon straightening as the 16 horses fanned across the track
jostling for the best run to the winning post. Well Done was momentarily held
up for a run as he ran into dead ends behind horses, but that predicament was
made worse when Majestic Moments (NZ) (Darci Brahma) had the race shot to
pieces when he stormed away to a two-length break at the 300m.
But once Rodd
eased him towards a gap down the middle of the track, the chase was on as the
purring engine was finally let loose as he proceeded to overturn the margin.
With only 100m left to run, many still thought the winning post would come too
early for Well Done, but the game galloper really motored home inside the
concluding stages to eventually collar Majestic Moments close to home and score
with three-quarter-length to spare.
Rockfast (Fastnet Rock), who drew first
blood when he circled the field from the 800m to sweep to the lead around the
home turn, peaked on his run to still finish a creditable third another 1 ½
Kok, who was capturing his third Group 1 was struggling for words
at the winner’s circle. “Winning the Kranji Mile was such a big day for me,
then the Patron’s Bowl was even more special as unlike Cash Luck, Well Done was
my horse from Day One, I’ve groomed him from unraced to what he is now,” he
“But to win the Derby today, I would say, that tops it off, especially as
I have only around 20 horses in my stable.
“It’s clearly my biggest day as a
trainer, I’ve had many sleepless nights before the race, and tonight, I won’t
be able to sleep again, it just hasn’t dawned in yet.
“My only worry was the
distance, but when I saw Michael put him on the rails and switch him off, I was
very confident. Even when he had nowhere to go in the straight, I knew he would
run on once he found the gap.”
Besides taking his overall earnings past the
$1.1 million mark for Goh of the Well Done Stable with that seventh win in 17
starts, Well Done also picked up a bonus of $50,000 for winning two Legs of the
Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge.
Race Singapore TC
Singapore Derby Sgp-1 2000m.
Winner Well Done (NZ) 2011
Owners Well Done Stable
Trainer David Kok (Kranji)
Breeding by Falkirk out of Gold Cloud by Truly Vain
Breeder Windsor Park Stud Ltd; Waikato; NZ Sales 2013 Ready to Run Sale
V: Windsor Park Stud $90000 P: NZB as agent