Star New Zealand-bred galloper Debt Collector added another big win to his growing collection when he claimed the Gr. 1 Raffles Cup at Kranji last night.
The four-year-old Thorn Park gelding won the S$700,000 race by half a length from Quechua and War Affair, bringing up the seventh win of his 10-start career. Three of those have been at Group One level, having previously claimed the Singapore Guineas and the Kranji Mile.
Debt Collector’s Raffles Cup win followed a similar script to his earlier triumphs, getting back in the field in the 1800-metre event before summoning a massive effort in the last 100 metres to get up and win.
“This horse is an absolute freak,” trainer Cliff Brown said. “All week, I was not that confident he would win, but he’s done it again.
“I genuinely thought he would run third or fourth in the last 200 metres. It’s only in the last 50 metres that he found again. To do what he did today was just amazing. He never puts a foot wrong.”
Having won the Kranji Mile and Raffles Cup, Debt Collector is two-thirds of the way towards Singapore’s Triple Crown Series. But Brown has ruled out a shot at the clean sweep.
“It’s mission accomplished for him now,” he said. “As I said, he’s not running in the Gold Cup and will go for a break now. We will in due course let you know what is next for him.”
Bred by Windsor Park Stud, Debt Collector is out of the stakes-placed Irish mare In The Wings. He was sold at the 2014 Ready to Run Sale, where Brown bought him for $120,000.
There was a black-type double on the day for the Kiwi-breds, with the Stephen Gray-trained Elusive City gelding Bahana fighting off challengers on both sides to win the Gr. 3 El Dorado Classic.