Perak Turf Club - Aragorn wins Malaysia 3YO Championship Final

Aragorn wins Malaysia 3YO Championship Final

Kuala Lumpur, 15 July, 2017:

Aragorn staged superb come-from-behind victory in the RM200,000 Malaysia 3YO Championship Final over 1200m at Sungei Besi here today, and gave every indication that the Australian gelding will develop into a top-flight middle distance galloper.

The three horses with the best form were also the top three choices in the betting but what different routes they took in the Final.

The favourite Panda Bomb (Phenomenons - Riverside Lass by Noalcoholic) was the first to break and took the early lead. But jockey Harmeet Singh Gill allowed Tarzan Boy to take over the running and stayed next to the rails behind the pace.

Second favourite Porsence (Publishing - Porsha by Perugino), partnered by apprentice Wong Kam Chong, were well off the pace and Aragorn (Manhattan Rain - Class Apart by French Deputy), third in the betting, was in the rear bunch at the half-way stage.

Tarzan Boy led into the home straight with Panda Bomb poised to the strike on his inside. The field were well stretched out at this stage and Porsence and Aragorn were both looking for a run behind a wall of horses.

While Wong was looking for a gap between runners on Porsence, Benny Woodoworth decided to switch Aragorn out wide for his run.

At the 200m, Aragorn was still some eight lengths behind the leader but opening up in fine style. By the time they reach at the 100m, Aragorn was within striking distance and hit the front soon after.

Aragorn then drew away from the rest to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Panda Bomb beat off Tarzan Boy after a struggle and then just held off Porsence by a head to take second placing.

Aragorn was purchased by Tan Sri Vincent Tan and his son Dato Robin Tan for A$130,000 as a yearling. He was unplaced in two starts in Australia but is just realising his potential after coming over to Malaysia.

Aragorn has now won three times in seven starts under trainer Cecil Robert.

The 2017 Malaysia 3YO Championship has unearthed a bunch of truly promising youngsters. It is the hope of the three Malaysian turf clubs that with the RM500,000 championship series running for another two years at least, owners have reasons to bring in more quality horses to boost the horse population.

Date Added: 2017-08-07 08:57AM :: Last Updated: 2017-08-07 09:13AM