Trainer Shane Baertschiger was feeling some added pressure as he saddled CASH ADVANCE before the $65,000 Restricted Maiden over 1,100m on the Polytrack in Race 2 at Kranji on Sunday.
The three-year-old debutant was owned by his father Don, a former long-time Singapore-based trainer who retired last year after more than 20 years based in Malaysia and Singapore.
But Shane needn't have worried as the $12 favourite, ridden by John Powell, led throughout to beat Washington Bay (Alan Munro) by 1½ lengths.
Hofburg Palace (Joao Moreira) was third, 1¼ lengths away.
Said Shane: "This is the first horse the 'old man' has had on his own with me since he left. He's got an interest in a few others, but, on his own, this is his first one.
"No doubt, the sling will be good."
Shane said it took some time for Cash Advance to make his racecourse debut as he hadn't shown him a lot on the track until almost a month ago.
"I didn't know what to make of him early on, as he wasn't showing us much at all," he said.