The JRA Goodwill Cup over 1400m will highlight the two day race programme at Perak Turf Club this weekend with seven races scheduled on each day.
Coronation Cup (G1) winner, TRUSON returns to his home turf on Sunday and has drawn well in barrier 2. The Stephen Cook trained 5yo flashed home to finish 2nd in the KL Tunku Gold Cup (G1) a fortnight ago and has trained on well since with jockey Lou Ho to maintain the mount.
PISCES STAR is coming off its best season of racing, striking a purple patch of form including a period of 5 wins from 6 starts towards the end of last year. The 6yo failed to fire in the Tunku Gold Cup last outing but gets in well with the 3kg claim for apprentice S Saddam.
BLACK AND WHITE has drawn the outside gate but is a proven performer at this level and apprentice A Zaimuddin has ridden the horse only once previously, when successful at KL in November last year.
HOLY EMPIRE has only placed once in 11 local starts but is rarely far away and has won 3 from 12 at the distance. The Penang visitor should settle on the pace and looks an outside chance despite not winning since October 2013.
Penang Governors Gold Cup winner from 2 years ago, BRIGHT LIFE is probably not the horse he was and will be produced second up from a spell. The 6yo was safely held in a 1000m contest here a month ago and is better suited stepping up in journey.
DROGBA worked well during the week and wasn’t suited leading in the Tunku Gold Cup last start where he faded to finish 7th. The 8yo should strip much fitter following 3 runs this preparation.
FEISTY LEO might be a rough each way chance as has drawn a decent barrier this time and should settle in a forward position. The 8yo finished 2nd to PISCES STAR on Christmas day in Penang and should appreciate dropping back from Group company.
TEN SENSE WIN looks best of the lightweights and has been a steady improver and is coming off a last start 2nd over 1000m behind the smart Impel. The 7yo entire was racing in career best form twelve months ago and was sharpened up in a track work gallop Tuesday morning.
TURF GUIDE: (3) TRUSON (2) BLACK AND WHITE (7) BRIGHT LIFE (4) HOLY EMPIRE
MARK LYDEAMORE: (3) TRUSON (1) PISCES STAR (9) FEISTY LEO (8) DROGBA