Antipodean Ascendancy: rising star looks to extend Selangor winning streak

Antipodean kicks clear to make it four from four.
Antipodean kicks clear to make it four from four.


Punters can look forward to a ten-race program this Sunday at Selangor Turf Club, with Races 1-4 on Track Two and the main track, Course A, back in operation for Races 5-10 following a major refurbishment of the home straight.

The track has undergone a significant upgrade from the 500m mark to the winning post, including the installation of an improved drainage system. This will mark the first time since Tunku Gold Cup day on April 14 that the main track will be used.

In the highlight of the day, the talented 3-year-old ANTIPODEAN (9) faces his toughest test yet as he aims for his fifth win from as many starts in a race that features four Group One winners in the Metro Stakes A race over 1400m.

The Kiwi-bred youngster has been unstoppable since winning his maiden back in February and should measure up against his more seasoned rivals over the 1400m trip in the Metro A contest (Race 7).

Perak Derby winner TRUMPY (4) has scored twice in four local starts and is a versatile type who won over this track and distance at his local debut in February. Another classy contender, Coronation Cup winner GOOD FIGHT (2), will strip fitter second-up from a break and also possesses the class to win if he can overcome the wide draw.

Meanwhile, KING’S COMMAND (3) has won five out of eight over the 1400m and looks a chance returning to his favorite journey third-up. Penang Sprint Trophy winner BERRY BLISS normally performs well when fresh and has not raced since defeating KING’S COMMAND (3) over the mile on April 14.

Race 7 Selections: (9) ANTIPODEAN (4) TRUMPY (2) GOOD FIGHT (3) KING’S COMMAND

In Race 2, FIRST BOWL (1) appears to have a chance on the downgrade as he lines up in the 1020m Class 5 contest on Track Two. Starting for the third time since returning to Malaysia, the Lawson Moy-trained 8-year-old has been competitive against Class 4 opposition recently and is well drawn to receive a good run.

LEO (5) has won four out of six when produced second-up and received no luck after being trapped wide throughout when resuming here a fortnight ago. The 9-year-old battled gamely to finish second but is capable of going one better this time around.

MONDAY (2) has been a model of consistency this year with successive wins back in March and can quickly atone for its short head defeat here on May 18. STEEL CUTTER (4) can improve at his second run back in the grade, while ZEUS PEGASUS (6) hasn’t had much luck recently and could provide some value for the exotics.

Race 2 Selections: (1) FIRST BOWL (5) LEO (2) MONDAY (4) STEEL CUTTER

Author: iRace