Debt Collector out for a stroll in the park
Kranji's reigning Horse of the Year DEBT COLLECTOR is on a "mission" on Friday.
A good run will see him hop on a plane for Dubai to take on some of the best horses in the world in the US$6 million (S$8.5 million) Dubai Turf over 1,800m at Meydan Racecourse, for which he has been nominated. The Group 1 race will be run on Dubai World Cup Night on March 25.
Debt Collector has been all-conquering but trainer Cliff Brown will make the final decision only after Friday's race and whether the horse pulls up well.
Judging by his final gallop for this Friday assignment, Barree Stable's equine millionaire should pass his test in the Open Stakes event over 1,600m with flying colours.
The four-year-old New Zealand-bred travelled so relaxed and was hardly taxed when he was sent over 600m in 37.8sec with his regular pilot Michael Rodd astride. It was just like a stroll in the park.
Although he is the topweight with 58kg on Friday, Debt Collector is all class and yesterday's hit-out suggests he will be hard to beat.
Like what trainer Brown said, the horse has come back stronger after his break. He resumed a big winner over 1,400m and Friday's extra 200m will be even better for the eight-time winner from 11 starts.
A few of his challengers also went against the clock yesterday morning and two of them, NOVA STRIKE and JUPITER GOLD, also impressed.
Nova Strike was taken out by French jockey Olivier Placais in 36.1. Jupiter Gold reeled off 600m in 37.8 with jockey Alan Munro astride.
But, although the pair of money-spinners are in top form and will be receiving weight, they may find Debt Collector too highly qualified.
Nova Strike is handicapped at 52kg and Jupiter Gold at 49kg.
On rating, Debt Collector is on 110 points, compared to 97 for Nova Strike and 81 for Jupiter Gold.
Yesterday's gallops were done on the right-handed Track 6, as the main Polytrack was undergoing re-waxing.
Gallops By Friday’s Horses
OPEN STAKES - 1,600m: Debt Collector * (M Rodd) 37.8. Laughing Gravy (Rodd) 39.4. Nova Strike * (O Placais) 36.1. Jupiter Gold * (A Munro) 37.8. Catch Me Great (I Saifudin) 38.9.
Monday: Rafaello * (N Juglall) 35.7. Ode To Joy * (MM Firdaus) 35.7. Mr Fantastic (Firdaus) 36.1.
CLASS 4 - 1,700m: Return To Justice (M Nunes) 37.3. Mr Clooney * (V Duric) 38.8. Mr Try (G Boss) 37.3. Nova Spirit (Placais) 37.2. Starperfect (O Chavez) 37.4. Big Guardian * (Boss) 40.1. Sun Force (CC Wong) canter/34.9. Any Rumour (I Azhar) 36.5. Singsurat 43.6/38.6. Platoon 40.4. Mr Miura (I Saifudin) 39.9.
Monday: Barnato * 34.3. Johnny Kongos 34.3. Chairman Wind * 36.9.
CLASS 4 (1) - 1,400m: Ladrone * (M Kellady) 37.8. Gold Hill 43.8/38.6. Sun Empire (Wong) canter/36.2. Golden Diamond (T See) 38.2. Muscular Captain * (Placais) 34.9. Mings Man (Z Zuriman) gallop. Allez (Nunes) 38.8.
Monday: Hades * (WS Chan) 36.5. Billy Britain 40.3. Ocean De Lago * (I Amirul) 39.4. Splice * 38.3. Zeus Warrior * 36.3. Easy Dragon (D Beasley) 41.4.
CLASS 4 (2) - 1,400m: Royal Easter * 37.3. Constance's Spirit * (Saifudin) 41.7. Gold Crown 38.1. Peer Gynt (CC Wong) canter/41.2. Thankfulness (Nunes) 37.5. No Smoking Jeff 38.9. Dragon G (Beasley) 40.9.
Monday: Forever Young * 37.5. Peach Bowl 37.9. Royal Guard * (Kellady) 38.3. Proud Pinoy (I Amirul) 39.4. Mettlesome 37.1. Aussie Eagle 37.
CLASS 5 - 1,700m: Carnelian (D David) 38.4. Nation Theatre (Y Salim) 38.5. Fujin Bright 36.3. Fortune Spirit (Placais) 38.3. Danny (R Shafiq) 37.5. Nova Power * (K A'Isisuhairi) 37.4.
Monday: Dayuan * (S Shafrizal) canter/34.9. Johnny Hates Jazz 38.3. Real Goodman 37.3.
CLASS 5 (1) - 1,000m: Enthuse * (A'Isisuhairi) 35.4. Million Round * (B Woodworth) 42.5. Lively Dragon (Placais) 39.4. The Raid (G Boss) 41.1. Real Hero (Chavez) 38.2. Loyalty's Angel 40.5.
Monday: Lucky Sugar 43.6. Believe It Or Not (Beasley) 44.2. Mother Nature * 36.
CLASS 5 (2) - 1,000m: Rory (S Sam) pace work. King Cross 38.3. Super Joy pace work. Probo Chandroso (Placais) 38.7. I-Scream Now 37.8. Kaiser Bright 37.3. Oasis Spur 39.2.
Monday: Yue Yuan 38.3.
OPEN MAIDEN - 1,200m: Eclair Shadow (I Azhar) canter/36.1. Double Win (A Munro) 40.4. Nova Ranger (Shafiq) 36.8. Golden Choice 38.3. Great Seven pace work. Mr Dreamman (Saifudin) 38.5. Phanfone (M Zaki) 36.3. Star Invincible * (Placais) 37.5. Captain Royal * (Rodd) 36.2. Silver King 37.4.
Monday: Keystone * 35.4. Dayflirt * (Beasley) 41.3. Captain Royal pace work. Snow Dancer (E Aslam) 42.
RESTRICTED MAIDEN - 1,400m: Mr Exchequer * (Powell) 37.9. Paragon Star (Woodworth) 38.3. Elite Emperor * (Beasley) 34.9. Big Regards (Nunes) 41.5. Super Genius 42.2. Gold Reward 38.1. Matsuribayashi (David) 37.3.
Monday: Confound (Aslam) 42.7. Magnificent 37.8. Chosen Harvest 37.8. Khudawand 37.1. Zac Ace (N Juglall) 36.
GALLOPS BY SUNDAY'S HORSES
MERLION TROPHY - 1,200m: Good News (Woodworth) 42.2. Infantry * (Nunes) 39.5. Cavallo (S John) 42.4. Nova Warrior * (Shafiq) 37.6. Nova Swiss * (Placais) 36.8.
Monday: The General * (Juglall) 34.8. Royal Ruler * (Firdaus) 34.8. Dragon Fury pace work.
KRANJI STAKES C - 1,700m: Robin Hood * (Placais) 35.1. Kate's Keeper * 38.4.
Monday: Mighty Emperor * (Firdaus) 35.5. Mighty Kenny * (Juglall) 34.8. Super Joe * (Firdaus) 34.5.
CLASS 3 - 1,200m: Fighting Warrior (Aslam) pace work. Pusaka (Amirul) 38.4. Alasamo (Saifudin) 39.2. Supersonicsurprise * 36.3.
Monday: Elusive Emperor (Firdaus) 36.8. Iron Man * (Juglall) 36.7.
CLASS 4 - 1,600m: Lim's Bullet * (Beasley) 39.8. Pop Gems canter/34.9. Golden Peninsula * (K Toh) 38.3. Delfyne 39.3.
Monday: Imperial March (Firdaus) 36.4.
CLASS 4 - 1,200m: Al Green * (Duric) 39.2. Red Claw * (Placais) 38.1. Sure Win canter/36.6. Secret Win (Woodworth) 44.5.
Monday: Board Walk (Firdaus) 37.6. The Capital * (Juglall) 37.2.
CLASS 4 - 1,000m: Faithfully * (John) 35.3. Winning Man (A'Isisuhairi) 35.9. Sun Miracle (Anandan) 38.2. Castle Queen 38.6. Stock Broker * 38.8. Sugartime Jazz (Aslam) 42.8.
Monday: Cadet * (Juglall) 36.2.
KRANJI STAKES D (1) - 1,100m: Cavatina (Woodworth) barrier/38.7. Uncle Lucky (T See) 38.3. The Mighty Thor 37.7. Smart Fortune (Saifudin) 42. Racing Talent (M Ewe) 38.5.
Monday: Dash Of Class (WS Chan) 37.6.
KRANJI STAKES D (2) - 1,100m: Rainbow Royal 44.8. Fast Edition (Boss) gallop. Big City (T See) 36.9. Red General 39.2.
Monday: Sky Eleven 36.2.
CLASS 5 - 1,600: Pusong Pinoy * (Amirul) 37.9. Aeolus (David) 35.8. El Don (Duric) 42.1. Destiny Knight * (Amirul) 39.4. Perfect Challenger * (Ewe) 36. Amistad (John) 38.4.
CLASS 5 - 1,200m: Amazing Man * 39.2. Satellite Power 38.8. Hee's Forte 39.2. Greatballs Of Fire (Ewe) gallop.
Monday: Morales * 36.8.
RESTRICTED MAIDEN - 1,100m: Grey Falcon * 36.5. Silkino * 39.4. Super Dan * (Nunes) 38. Elite Gustavo 37.5. Scorpio (WS Chan) 36.4. Auspicious Day (Anandan) 36.8.
Monday: I'm On Fire (Juglall) 35.6.