New Zealand jockey Michael Walker, who endured a frustrating period as a Hong Kong club jockey in the final term of the 2002-03 season, enjoyed his finest moment on the Australian scene yesterday with a victory in the A$500,000 ($2.7 million) Brisbane Cup on Danestorm. The five-year-old gave Walker the best-possible reward for his decision to relocate from New Zealand early last month, giving a gritty display to outlast the late charge of David Hall's Pentastic. Walker won just two races from 166 rides in his single term in Hong Kong and it was sad to see the record-breaking teenager have his confidence so dented. In the final weeks of his tenure here, Walker was given only third-rate cattle to push around at big prices and was unable to show Hong Kong fans the true depth of his talent. Despite moving to Australia more than a month ago, Walker is still eight wins in front on the New Zealand jockeys' premiership but is unlikely to hold out Paul O'Sullivan's stable jockey, Leith Innes, with seven weeks of the season remaining. The Royal Ascot mission for brilliant Australian sprinter Exceed And Excel has collapsed, with trainer Tim Martin declaring he has run out of time to have the colt ready for Saturday's Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes. However, Martin has advised Exceed And Excel's new owner, Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum, that his A$20 million purchase could still run in next month's Group One July Cup (1,200 metres) at Newmarket. Sheik Mohammed bought Exceed And Excel for his Darley Stud from Sydney owners Nick Moraitis and Alan Osberg in March. The price is an Australian record for a colt in training. But the colt has been under a fitness cloud for a week after Martin found him to be suffering from a minor blood disorder. John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser, confirmed Exceed And Excel would be aimed for the July Cup. One of Australiia's most noted thinkers on thoroughbred issues is John Messara, who years ago forecast that the future of southern hemisphere breeding would rest with the sons of shuttle stallions, rather than the visitors themselves. Messara has made the vision work for his Arrowfield Stud, through Danehill sons Flying Spur, Danzero and more recently Redoute's Choice. And now a similarly astute New Zealand studmaster, Nelson Schick, has shown the foresight to claim Thorn Park for stud duties. Thorn Park is a son of shuttle stallion Spinning World, from Joy, a daughter of one of the earlier shuttle sires, Bluebird. The chestnut has a breathtaking turn of foot and it was that change of gear which led to his victory in the Group One Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Buying a well-bred horse relatively cheaply, and then having him win a Group One afterwards, is the ultimate dream for a stallion owner or syndicator. It doesn't get any better than that. Thorn Park is now retired, with a scoreline of nine wins from 22 starts, and will stand alongside Kaapstad, Montjeu and Volksraad at Schick's Windsor Park Stud at Cambridge. Michael Rodd, who made such a big impression in his brief tour of duty in Hong Kong earlier this year, was again in the spotlight at yesterday's Brisbane Cup meeting at Eagle Farm. The youngster reinforced the decision of the licensing committee to give him a licence for the early part of the next Hong Kong term with a double, highlighted by the Group Three Lightning Handicap on Golden Snitch. Former Hong Kong galloper River Centaine finally won a race for Jockey Club chairman Ronald Arculli - in Singapore on Saturday. Despite his zero-from-13 Hong Kong scoreline, the New Zealand-bred gelding won a Class Two equivalent at his fifth start for new trainer John Meagher.