July 7 Selangor Preview By Mark Lydeamore

No feature events to speak of for this Sunday’s nine race card at Selangor Turf Club as we revert to Course E with the rail out 6m in the back straight and 10m in the home straight.

The high grade 1400m Supreme A contest (Race 6) should be an enthralling affair with four of the nine candidates being previous group one winners.

One of those gallopers in question is the duel group winner, CHEVAL BLANC (1) which will be looking to atone after failing to handle the torrential conditions in the G1 Ipoh Gold Vase on June 16. It was the gelding’s first run for two months and the form from that group contest should be treated with caution due to the amount of surface water on the track that day.

Last year’s G1 Coronation Cup winner, GOOD FIGHT (2) found the distance a fraction short when finishing unplaced in the Vase but his statistics read well with five wins over 1400m. That includes four wins from eight starts over Sunday’s track and distance so a vast improvement is on the cards for the Simon Dunderdale trained six year old.

Selangor Gold Cup winner, PASIR PINJI (4) returned to his best form winning a 1300m Supreme B when exhibiting his familiar turn of speed here a fortnight ago. The seven year old has won three from five at the track and journey as he searches for his 12th Malaysian victory.

Last start winner and stable mate of CHEVAL BLANC (1), CIRCUIT MISSION (3) has the potential to win following his two local starts. Scoring in an easier contest in Penang on May 26, the Frank Maynard prepared nine year old also steps up to a distance where he has won on three occasions.

KING’S COMMAND (6) and BLACK THORN (8) received no luck in their respective runs last start but they appear to be genuine place chances for the trifecta.

Race 6 Selections: (1) CHEVAL BLANC   (2) GOOD FIGHT   (4) PASIR PINJI   (3) CIRCUIT MISSION

Cheval Blanc

The 1400m Supreme C contest (Race 5) has attracted some progressive performers including the locally unbeaten eight year old REVOLUTION (2). With two wins from as many starts in the country, REVOLUTION (2) will have to overcome the 4kg weight rise and the wide barrier but still appears well placed under the handicapping conditions.

Perak Derby runner up, LEOPARD ECLIPSE (3) closed off well when 3rd to REVOLUTION (2) here a fortnight ago and is capable of reversing the result.

MONTANA FLASH (8) broke his Malaysian duck when easily accounting for his rivals by leading throughout over 1600m defeating LIM’S BETTERREADY (5) by 2.25m. Both gallopers have been racing consistently and cannot be left out of calculations.

Group winner SAN ANDREAS (1) returns from a two month hiatus and enters the contest with the highest rating. However, the seven year old has not won since taking out the G1 Tunku Gold Cup in April last year.


Jiong He
Author: Jiong He