Windsor Park Stud had a dream result in last night’s Gr. 1 Panasonic Kranji Mile in Singapore, breeding the quinella with Debt Collector (Thorn Park) and Well Done (Falkirk).
The first five horses home in the S$700,000 feature were all New Zealand-bred and it was the Windsor Park-bred pair who led the way, flying home from well back in the field and fighting out a thrilling head-bobbing finish.
Debt Collector roared down the extreme outside of the track and prevailed by a desperate neck from Well Done, who had to weave his way through traffic in the centre of the track.
There was a length back to Majestic Moments (Darci Brahma) in third. They were followed home by the fellow Kiwi-breds War Affair (O’Reilly) and Mr Spielberg (Pentire), completing a clean sweep of the first five placings.
“To be honest, I thought he was handier than usual today”, Debt Collector's trainer Cliff Brown said.
“But I had left it to Michael (Rodd, jockey) and I trusted he knew what he was doing.
“I’ve been nervous since Tuesday. I have confidence in his ability, but this was his biggest test by far. He’s just a remarkable horse who just knows where the post is. It’s onwards to the Raffles Cup now, but he won’t be going for the Gold Cup. Then he will go for a break and we will set him for the Derby next year.”
By Thorn Park out of the stakes-placed English racemare Prompt Payment, Debt Collector was put through the Select Sale at Karaka and sold for $30,000. He returned for the Ready to Run Sale later in the year, where Brown secured him for $120,000.
Debt Collector has now had nine starts for six wins, with last night’s triumph preceded by black-type wins in the Singapore Guineas, Singapore Three-Year-Old Classic and Jumbo Jet Trophy.
Falkirk gelding Well Done, also Windsor Park-bred and also a graduate of the Ready to Run Sale, has had seven wins from his 18 starts including this year’s Gr.1 Singapore Derby.
The Kiwi clean sweep of the Kranji Mile was part of a highly successful day for New Zealanders, with Mark Walker training two winners (Viviano and Awatere), Bruce Marsh one (Splinter) and Stephen Gray one (Bahana). New Zealand-bred gallopers Murdoch and D’Buffalo Man were also among the winners.