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Well Done wins first Singapore Derby for Kok
11 Jul 2016 | By NZTM

The 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. 

The 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 ally. 

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. 

The first 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 lengths away. 

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 said. 

“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 (AUS) 

Breeder Windsor Park Stud Ltd; Waikato; NZ Sales 2013 Ready to Run Sale V: Windsor Park Stud $90000 P: NZB as agent