Speed Baby continues domination in Malaysia
26th Nov 2012
Fastnet Rock gelding Speed Baby continued the domination of Australian bred gallopers in Malaysia’s feature races when he ran out the victor of the Malaysian Group 1 Coronation Cup (1600m) at the Perak Turf Club in Ipoh on Sunday.
Speed Baby ($280,000 2008 Easter, 6g Fastnet Rock-Twisted Heart) carried top weight of 57kgs in the this year’s RM700,000 Coronation Cup, but the heavy impost could not stop the galloper from recording his fourth win at the highest level on the Malayan Racing Association circuit. Fox Command (by Testa Rossa), Good Baby (by Hussonet) and Good Sight (by Lonhro) were the next three over the line.
Australian bred gallopers make up 55% of runners in Malaysia, but they have been dominant at the highest levels with 89% of stakes races run in country in the last three years having been won by a horse carrying the AUS suffix, such as Speed Baby.
Bred by Ron Dufficy, T J & J A Hughes Racing, Speed Baby (pictured as yearling) was purchased by C P Beh for $280,000 from the draft of Yarraman Park Stud at the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
Sunday’s victory took the Baby Stable owned galloper’s racetrack earnings to the equivalent of A$902,000. Amongst his previous eight victories on the MRA circuit were the 2010 Coronation Cup (1600m), 2011 Singapore Group 1 Patron's Bowl (1600m) and Malaysian Group 1 Piala Emas Sultan Selangor (2000m) in June 2012.
The Piala Emas Sultan Selangor is the third leg of the Selangor Turf Club Triple Crown race series. The other two legs for 2012 were also won by Inglis Select Yearling Sale graduates:-
Might Triple Ace (P$47,500 Premier) – Malaysian Group 1 Tunku Gold Cup, 1200m
Power Of Khan ($80,000 Premier) – Malaysian Group 1 Selangor Gold Cup, 1600m
Owners and Trainers in Asia looking to Aim Higher with an Inglis Select Yearling Sale graduate will be presented plenty of outstanding prospects at Inglis Sales in 2013.
The 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, featuring a sister to Speed Baby, will be conducted at Newmarket in Sydney on April 9 to 11.
The 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale will be held over the four days of March 3 to 6 next year.
All dates and information on the 2013 Inglis Select Yearling Sales Series can be found at www.inglis.com.au