Perak Turf Club - CAN THE GENERAL DEFEND HIS VASE TITLE?

CAN THE GENERAL DEFEND HIS VASE TITLE?


Arguably Malaysia’s premier sprinter, VOLCANIC GENERAL returns to the scene of his fourth Group One triumph as he attempts to defend his Perak Gold Vase title against 14 other combatants in the 1100m straight course feature at PRTC on Sunday.

 VOLCANIC GENERAL

The five time G1 winner has only started twice since that victory, finishing unplaced in the G1 Penang Sprint Trophy on the wet track behind MR NEVERMIND before defeating that same horse in the KL G1 Tunku Gold Cup in March. VOLCANIC GENERAL looks well prepared with a couple of recent trials as he attempts to be the first horse to win successive vases since Labu Labu (2002-2004) and Raphael Gold (1997-98).

 MR NEVERMIND

VOLCANIC GENERAL has been a perennial nemesis for talented performer MR NEVERMIND, who has finished runner up to the grey flash in three G1 races, including last year’s Gold Vase. MR NEVERMIND has lowered the colours of VOLCANIC GENERAL once from four meetings, winning the Penang Sprint Trophy in July last year, and should strip much fitter from his first up performance here last Sunday. The 6yo has won 3 from 5 when produced second up and draws the outside barrier alongside his main adversary.

 WAR DRAGON

One of the more progressive gallopers in the country is smart 4yo WAR DRAGON, who steps up to Group level for the first time in his short career. The gelding has won 4 from 7 since debuting in November and has proven himself against his older and more seasoned rivals winning in Class 3 company. WAR DRAGON drops 7kg from his last win against his own age group last start and looks a genuine chance on the minimum weight.

 HATTA

HATTA enters Sunday’s feature with a similar form line to WAR DRAGON also possessing a record of 4 wins from 7 local starts but has proven himself at G1 level. The talented 5yo is first up since finishing 3rd behind VOLCANIC GENERAL in the Tunku Gold Cup when he flashed home from midfield, beaten one length. With 53kg, HATTA looks a trifecta hope for trainer Frank Maynard, who has prepared 3 of the last 5 Gold Vase winners.

D’GREAT CONQUEROR, placed 3rd in the race last year, looks ready to fire following two runs this preparation for trainer Richard Lines. The 7yo has placed 3 times at G1 level and turned in a sparkling trial at KL last Tuesday week clocking 58.1 seconds, the fastest time for the morning session.

Three time G1 winner, TRUSON has recaptured his best form wining his last 3 in a row. The 7yo was placed in the 2016 edition but has finished unplaced in this race for the past two years. The gelding is probably better suited over the longer journeys at this stage of his career but you can never discount class who has won 17 races in a stellar career.

GRAND CROSS has won 2 from 4 locally, including a 4th in the G1 Tunku Gold Cup in March. The 6yo won at his local debut down the straight course and had excuses last start when he pulled up with respiratory distress. GRAND CROSS was a Class 2 winner in Singapore so does possess the class to pull off an upset result.

***(4) BROWCOW and (18) HIP HIP HOORAY are early scratchings***


Date Added: 2019-06-28 03:09PM :: Last Updated: 2019-06-28 03:16PM