Perak Turf Club - 2019 PERAK DERBY PREVIEW


The first Group race of the year will be staged at PRTC on Sunday as a small but select field will line up in the 2019 Perak Derby (G1) over 2400m. The staying feature contains the three place getters from the 2000m Penang Governors Gold Cup (G1) conducted a fortnight ago as DAVINCI, D’GREAT TIMING and  READY TO ROCK will be reacquainted as they all step up to the mile and a half journey for the first time.

In fact, only ORDER OF THE SUN and triple Derby winner LITTLEBITOFJOY have been tried over the 2400m trip in their careers while RISING GLORY has placed up to 2220m previously.


Two time Group One winner, READY TO ROCK started the 2018 racing year as a Class 5 conveyance before reeling off a season best 7 wins, including 5 in a row prior to his defeat in the G1 Penang Gold Cup. The 5yo was a fraction unlucky on that occasion after being shuffled back and was baulked for a clear run in the home straight where his momentum was halted a couple of times. The talented performer was still able to run 3rd despite the setbacks and looks better suited on the wider expanses of the Ipoh circuit.

DAVINCI defeats READY TO ROCK in a Class 4 race in April last year

DAVINCI enters Sunday’s feature with a good preparation behind him and back to back Group Ones is not out of the question. The 7yo put himself on notice as a genuine Group contender following his fast finishing 2nd behind READY TO ROCK in the 1600m Coronation Cup (G1) in November. That form was justified last start when the gelding finished powerfully from midfield to nose out D’GREAT TIMING in the G1 Penang Gold Cup. DAVINCI normally settles near the back of the field but has the ability to produce a powerful sprint regardless of race tempo which places him in good stead for a forward showing on Sunday.


D’GREAT TIMING was coming off some average form prior to his runner up performance in the Penang Gold Cup and gives the impression the 2400m trip will suit. The 5yo was also placed in the G1 Piala Emas Sultan Selangor last October and could give trainer Frank Maynard his first Derby winner since 2006.


RISING GLORY had no luck in the Penang Gold Cup when posted deep from the 600m and could not sustain his run from the back when the pace quickened over the final stages. The 6yo, who last year was narrowly beaten in the G1 Piala Emas and finished 4th in the G1 Coronation Cup, cannot be dismissed from calculations and should perform better on the bigger circuit.

ORDER OF THE SUN, the top rated horse in the event, has built up a good record in Malaysia with 3 wins from 8 starts but has failed both times he has raced outstation. The 8yo was well beaten in the Penang Gold Cup and the wet track could be the only excuse offered. The gelding will have to emulate Truson, who carried 60kg to victory in this race last year and he will need a dry track also.

LITTLEBITOFJOY will rewrite the history books if he can win his fourth Derby. Only one other horse, Opposing Force, has won three Derbies and LITTLEBITOFJOY is a genuine chance with 51kg. Now an 11yo, LITTLEBITOFJOY ran 2nd this race last year and returned to winning form with a mile victory here in October.


BIG DALLAS could be a longshot chance in the race as he is coming off some useful form including a Class 4 victory in KL. The 5yo caught the eye flashing late over 1700m last Sunday in Metro A company when he was heavily supported into race favourite. The Johnny Lim trained gelding is bred to stay and is a lightweight chance with 50kg.

Stable mate TIGER BAY was competitive in the higher graded races last year but is still yet to prove himself at Group level. The 7yo contested three Group ones without success in 2018 and was safely held in the Penang Gold Cup last start.

Date Added: 2019-01-11 04:44PM :: Last Updated: 2019-01-11 04:46PM