Debt Collector’s first run for season 2019, again had racing scribes searching for superlatives, as racegoers witnessed another victory that had to be seen to be believed. The Class 1 over 1400m attracted the best horses in Singapore, and was worthy of a Group 1 event. Add to this the fact That DC had to concede weight to all other horses in the race, made his first up win all the more meritorious.
Michael Rodd, had DC settled back to his customary rearward spot after jumping, and began to make his move at the 700m circling the field. Upfront, race-leader Forever Young started to yield at the 400m, and Elite Invincible was the first one to pounce, with Countofmontecristo and the Lee Freedman pair of Blizzard and Circuit Land in close attendance.
At the 200m, with six to seven horses spread across the track within a couple of lengths of each other, it was the pair of Countofmontecristo and Debt Collector who took command and fought out a magnificent finale to the race, with the fact DC was nearly on the outside fence adding to the theatre.
In the end a neck separated Debt Collector ($22) from Countofmontecristo. Debt Collector covered the last 400m in the sizzling time of 21.97. 2018 Singapore horse of the year Elite Invincible was also left in DC’s wake.
Cliff’s quotes post race probably summed up the race and the thoughts of all involved. “This horse means the world to me. He is a dream to train. He’s just remarkable. He’s come back bigger and stronger and he did it with 59kgs on his back first-up. There were some very good horses like Countofmontecristo, Elite Invincible, Blizzard he had to give weight today, but he still came through.” B Trainer Tim Fitzsimmons, his syce “boy”, Michael Rodd, track rider Sabri and all the other staff do an incredible job in preparing Debt Collector to race, and are the un-sung heroes behind the euphoric scenes that greeted Debt Collectors win on Sunday.
Owner Glenn Whittenbury again made the trip to Australia to watch his favorite horse. Glenn has made many friends in Singapore and those that have shared the DC journey with Glenn again were on hand to watch the famous victory. Paul Robbins, Nick Johnston and Dennis Cornwell all made their way to the winners circle after DC again wrote another great chapter to what has been a remarkable ride so far.
Debt Collector’s outstanding record now stands at 11 wins, two seconds and two thirds from 22 starts for stakes earnings in excess of $2.8 million for the Barree Stable of Mr Glenn Whittenbury. DC now has the same number of wins as retired stable star Zac Spirit, and will look to surpass him in the coming months.