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Karaka Graduate Debt Collector Wins Singapore Guineas
Karaka graduate Debt Collector (Thorn Park-Prompt Payment, by In the Wings) has risen to stardom with a spectacular winning streak in Singapore, and he further enhanced his growing reputation with a stunning performance in Sunday's Gr1 Singapore Guineas (1600m) at Kranji. Ridden by Michael Rodd for trainer Cliff Brown, the three-year-old came from last with a breathtaking turn of foot. In a move described in Singaporean media as "pulverising", "blinding" and "electric", Debt Collector gobbled up a deficit of more than six lengths and swept to victory. He crossed the finish line two lengths clear and stopped the clock at 1:34.4. Debt Collector has now won four of his seven starts, his victories coming in his last four appearances. "I've ridden a lot of winners all over the world but that was one sensational win, especially as he beat a very good bunch of three-year-olds," Rodd said. Brown is well aware of his horse's capabilities, but even he admitted that he almost gave up when he was so far back at the top of the straight and had a mountain to climb. "When they turned for home, I would have been happy if he had run third or fourth," he said. "His last 400 metres was just incredible. He's a horse that doesn't excite me in track work but I'm really excited now." Brown added: "He will go for a much deserved break now. Hopefully he will be my Derby horse next year." Debt Collector was bred and sold by Windsor Park Stud and comes from the second to last crop of their ill-fated stallion Thorn Park. He is out of the stakes-placed mare Prompt Payment (In The Wings). Debt Collector went through the Karaka sale ring twice, fetching $30,000 as a yearling before being offered by Prima Park at the 2014 Ready to Run Sale where he was purchased by Brown for $120,000.