The innovative decision by Perak Turf Club to bring the RM200,000 Group One Perak Derby forward to January has provided the club with the best Derby line up for many seasons with an increase in not only the quantity of runners but quality also.

This year’s edition features 7 Group One winners, including two previous winners of the longest race on the Malaysian turf calendar.


LITTLEBITOFJOY returns searching for his 4th victory from 4 tries in the mile and a half contest. Now a 10yo, LITTLEBITOFJOY did not run in last year’s edition due to injury but his recent form suggests that he is gradually returning to top form following four starts this preparation.

TRUSON (inside) defeats VALUE OF JUSTICE (outside)

in KL 22nd October last year

Dual G1 winner, TRUSON was an unlucky 7th (1.75L) in the Penang Gold Cup last start and will be tried at the 2400m for the first time. The 6yo will carry the 60kg and the honest campaigner should run a forward race despite being disadvantaged at the weights compared to most of his counterparts.

KL trainer Frank Maynard enters a three pronged attack on the Derby, including recent Penang Gold winner VALUE OF JUSTICE. The Daliapour 5yo is bred to stay and is well weighted at the 53kg. JUSTICE WORLD has placed twice in G1 company and his 3rd in the Penang Gold Cup was an outstanding  performance when he came from last at the 800m mark. MR ARMSTRONG is now in the twilight period of his career and the former Sprint Trophy winner closed off well with a fast finishing 4th in the Gold Cup. Maynard last won the Derby in 2006 with Gold Arrow and is represented by three genuine prospects.


2017 Derby winner FORTUNIQUE has gained a huge advantage with the weights and carries the minimum 50 kg. The 7yo carried 54.5kg when he recorded his 7 length victory this race last year and despite his apprehension in recent starts, there is a lack of genuine early pace and successive victories in the staying feature would not surprise.

The value runner for trifectas could be 2016 Piala Emas (G1) winner EN LAUDER. The 7yo hasn’t won since October 2016 but he was storming home into 5th placing (1.5L) behind VALUE OF JUSTICE in the Penang Gold Cup indicating he may be on the way back.

Date Added: 2018-01-12 12:33PM :: Last Updated: 2018-01-12 12:36PM