Perak Turf Club - Search for best three-year-old begins on Sunday

Search for best three-year-old begins on Sunday

Ipoh, 16th May:


The search for the top three-year-old of the season in Malaysia begins at Ipoh this Sunday when a capacity field is expected to line up for the first heat of the Malaysia Three-Year-Old Championship run over 1200m.

A total of 17 horses have been nominated for the set-weight event carrying RM100,000 in prizemoney.

And it could be a toss-up between Panda Bomb (Phenomenons - Riverside Lass by Noalcoholic) and Sugar Baby (Statue Of Liberty - Lady Jewel by Star Way). Both horses have already shown great promise with two wins each from four starts to date.

After a debut fourth in January, Panda Bomb went on to win his next start in a Premium race for two and three-year-olds over 1200m the following month, when he beat Tarzan Boy who is also entered for the first heat this Sunday.

Panda Bomb, trained by Charles Leck, then tackled Class 4 company, finding one to beat in Takeaim over 1300m in March but quickly made amends to win again over 1200m last month. The Australian gelding has thus far raced exclusively at Sungei Besi and it will be interesting to see how he will fare in his first race away from ‘home’.

Sugar Baby has raced exclusively in Ipoh thus far and will no doubt have home ground advantage. The Australian filly also finished fourth in debut last November before winning a Premium race for two and three-year-olds over 1400m the same month.

Trainer Peter Lee then tested her over 1600m the following start but she fared badly, finishing last. But Sugar Baby bounced back quickly to win again over a short trip of 1400m. But that was back in January and it will be interesting to see if she will match up to the other horses in terms of fitness this Sunday.

Interestingly, the dam of Sugar Baby is a half-sister to Confluence who won 12 races in Malaysia including the Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Gold Cup, Piala Emas Sultan Selangor, Coronation Cup, Sprint Trophy and Selangor Gold Cup.

The only other entry who has multiple wins to date is Cizen (Swiss Ace - Broadway Queen by King Cugat). The New Zealand gelding scored back-to-back wins in a Premium race and Class 4 in January but has been unplaced in four starts since.

Tarzan Boy (Swiss Ace - Tarred N’ Gold by Manntari) has been a model of consistency albeit a little luckless, with a win and four second placings in six starts. Tarzan Boy has finished behind Panda Bomb twice and trainer Sharee Hamilton would surely love a bit of revenge with her New Zealand gelding.

One other entry with winning experience is My Goodness (Danehill Express - Indian Angel by Metal Storm) who won his debut in November last year, followed by a third placing and an unplaced run. The Australian gelding, however, has not raced since 25th December and there could be a question mark over his fitness.

One runner who has come into the reckoning is Machung Star (Fully Fledged - Jet Set Chic by Jetball) who finished third to Elf’s Dream in his debut in the Initiation - 1400m race on this track last Sunday.

But in a race such as the one on Sunday, the luck of the draw and in running will be a deciding factor. An exciting race awaits racegoers.

The second heat for the Malaysian Three-Year-Old Championship will be held on Penang on 11th June. Selangor Turf Club will stage the third heat on 25th June and the club will also host this year’s championship race on 15th July.


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Date Added: 2017-05-16 09:58AM :: Last Updated: 2017-05-16 10:40AM