Stable super star, and Singapore 2016 Horse of the year, made his much anticipated return to racing on Friday 10th of February. Lining up in the Canada Cup over 1400m, Debt Collector had to carry top weight of 58kg in the handicap event and was giving weight to all 7 of his rivals. Having not run since his group 1 Raffles Cup victory on October 30th, Cliff turned out the Thorn Park 4 year old in superb order. Astute race goers would have noted, a much stronger and mature Debt Collector who took all before him in 2016.
Lining up in race 7, Debt Collector would again have to cope with a track favoring horses on the speed and close to the rail. Plans were hatched by connections not to alter his racing pattern and let him settle at the tail of the field and let him storm home. After Jumping, Debt Collector settled in last place and by the 600m mark Rodd had tacked onto the back of the runners who were quite closely bunched. Rounding the home turn Rodd pulled him to the outside and what race goers witnessed was a breathtaking turn of foot that had Debt Collector go from last to first in the space of 200m. Such was his ascendancy that Rodd was able to ease up on him in the closing stages of the race and allow him to coast to vicyory a one and a quarter length victor.
Again on hand to witness Debt Collector’s return to racing was Barree stable manager Glenn Whittenbury, who was delighted with his 8th win in row in Singapore. Now a regular visitor to Singapore, Glenn has made many friends here, and enjoyed the victory celebrations both on track and afterwards in town. If Debt Collector travels to Dubai, I’m sure quite an entourage will follow.
Debt Collector has now won $1.45 million in prize money from 8 wins from just 11 starts. The deeds of Debt Collector once again have showcased the ability of Cliff to develop a young racehorse and manage their racing to perfection. Special mention must go to B trainer Tim Fitzsimmons for his tireless work and expertise, along with Debt Collector’s hard working Syce Boy, Track rider Sabri, and all the staff who continue to help turn the stable horses out in superb condition.
Debt Collector’s win brought up a double for the stable with Lim’s Archer continuing his improved form to win race 3 the class 4 over 1200m with Vlad Duric in the saddle, after earlier Key On Kodiac had saluted in the first race, only for the race to be declared void due to a false start.