February 11 Selangor Preview by Mark Lydeamore

The traditional Chinese New Year double meeting takes place this Sunday and Monday at the Selangor Turf Club with Course A operating on both days and the rail in the true position.

Sunday’s program will be headlined by the 1200m Wilyah Silver Bowl (Race 7) attracting some progressive types which has risen through the grades in recent months. One of those runners in question is the locally unbeaten SHIMI GO (2), which comes off a brief spell and will be targeting four in a row. The former Kiwi performer has not put a foot wrong since breaking the maiden tag in September and looked sharp in his trial win here Tuesday week ago. Nothing can be taken away from another former New Zealand galloper in the form of top weight MISTY SWIFT (1), which has won 3 from 5 since joining the Shane Ellis stable. The 5yo scored at prohibitive odds when overhauling handy mare Skylight last start and is unbeaten in three runs at the track and distance. INTENT (5) has impressed from his two runs in the country, including a Class 4 win at his local debut and will resume from a two month break. The 4yo trialed well on Tuesday and goes into Sunday’s contest with a good first up record. MILITARY FLAG (7) is the interesting runner and being a 3yo under set weights, he will experience a massive weight drop from his two winning performances. This will be his toughest assignment to date but he does possess a quick turn of speed and will be competitive against this more experienced lineup. This will be the easiest contest KONG FU PANDA (3) has come across after competing in in the higher graded and group races last season. The 5yo has won 3 from 6 when produced first up and gets his chance to break the eighteen month winning drought.

Race 7 Selections: (2) Shimi Go   (1) Misty Swift   (5) Intent   (7) Military Flag

Shimi Go (credit to Selangor Turf Club)

The inform QUICKEN AWAY (6) was able to stave off a late challenge and win by a head from PASIR PINJI (3) over 1500m here three weeks ago and the pair are set to clash again in the 1600m Double Prosperity Stakes (Race 5). QUICKEN AWAY (6) chalked up the hat trick of wins and the former Australian galloper has struck career best form. However, this will be his first try over the mile as he attempts to keep his winning streak intact. PASIR PINJI (3) has scored twice over 1600m, including his group one success in last year’s Selangor Gold Cup and he should prove hard to beat on best form. RAGNAR (7) was heavily supported when placed in the 2000m G1 Penang Gold Cup on December 30 and drops to a distance where he has scored four times previously from eight starts. G1 Tunku Gold Cup winner, SAN ANDREAS (4) should be peaking following two runs this campaign and will be suited by the distance rise.

Race 5 Selections: (3) Pasir Pinji   (6) Quicken Away   (7) Ragnar   (4) San Andreas    

Jiong He
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