One of the premier races on the Malaysian turf club calendar will take place with the 34th running of the G1 Coronation Cup to be conducted at Perak Turf Club on Sunday.

The race was first run back in 1985 and was won by Big Chief for trainer Ivan Allen and jockey, D Murphy. Confluence (2002,2003), Golden Ace (2005,2006) and Speed Baby (2010,2012) are the three horses to have won the cup twice.

Jockeys with most success in the Coronation Cup include I Azhar (4), Benny Woodworth (3) and Jose De Souza (3). Francis Nathan prepared 3 cup winners while several  trainers have two winners in the cup including Malcolm Thwaites, Donald Baertschiger, Jonathon Ho, Prakash Pereira, Johnny Lim, Kevin Coetzee and Richard Lines.

Like most of the cups in previous years, the field appears wide open with 3 Group One winners engaged. Five of the fifteen runners went around in last year’s edition including place getters, DAVINCI and MULTIBLUE SHARK.


1. MR NEVERMIND – The 2018 Penang Sprint Trophy winner is highly talented and versatile who has placed 4th in three group races this year, all from wide barriers. The 7yo ran in 2nd in the Tunku Gold Cup in March but there are still question marks whether he is competitive over the mile. He did score over 1600m earlier this year but the opposition was inferior. No horse has won the cup with 60kg previously but this guy has class on his side and cannot be left out of calculations. Excellent form on wet tracks.

2. TIME ODYSSEY – The former Singapore Gold Cup place getter has shown little in two local runs and appears past his best form. The rise in distance is a positive for the 8yo but needs a vast improvement to feature.

3. D’GREAT TIMING – In the zone at the moment and will start as one of the favourites. The 6yo has posted two G1 wins this year and his eye catching performance in a Class 1/2 event at KL recently suggests he has been trained to the minute and looks a major player.

4. ELECTRIC KING – Has obviously had some injury issues in its career and the former Aussie galloper hasn’t been seen since June where won an Enrich A race here over 1600m when coming off an 11 month layoff. He may need the run come Sunday.


6. ROYAL EXPLORER – Placed in the 2000m G1 Piala Emas and has been freshened for Sunday’s assignment. The 7yo has won 2 from 2 at the Ipoh mile and is a fast beginner who will either lead or race on the speed. Stable in good form and this horse performs well on wet tracks. Worth considering for the trifecta.

7. EL TORDILLO – Progressive type racing in career best form with 4 wins this year, including 3 in succession. Lack of a recent lead in run may create some doubts for his first group one start and is coming off a fair trial in KL Tuesday week ago. Has failed once in a previous attempt at the mile and appears to have place claims only.

8. DAVINCI – Finished 2nd this race last year before winning the G1 Penang Governors Gold Cup defeating D’Great Timing. Runner up behind that same horse in the G1 Perak Derby in January and is on the quick backup following his unplaced performance over the unsuitable 1200m trip last Sunday. The 8yo is a moderate beginner who can unleash a quick burst of acceleration when called upon. Will be making headway over the final stages and is a genuine contender on both dry and wet surfaces.

9. HUSSONATOR – Has improved rapidly since joining the Richard Lines stable earlier in the year posting 3 successive victories prior to his unplaced effort in the recent 2000m G1 Piala Emas, beaten 7 lengths. The 7yo will be better off back to the mile and looks extremely well placed at the weights.

10. ARIF – Handy on speed performer with a good record at the distance. However, is still a query in this company following four unsuccessful attempts at Group One level.

11. BLACK THORN – Looks a genuine blow out chance with 52kg on the back. Carried 54.5kg when flashing home to finish 2nd behind D’Great Timing in the G1 Piala Emas from a wide draw. Lacks early pace but does possess one of the quickest sprints in the country when he’s on song.

12. MULTIBLUE SHARK – Placed 3rd in this race last year and has maintained solid form in the higher grades since. Looked a little flat as an odds on favourite in Penang a fortnight ago when placed 3rd over 1600m. Hasn’t won for just over a year and draws deep but has only missed a place once from five tries in wet going.

13. SACRED EMPIRE – Has been a model of consistency this year after stringing a number of minor placings prior to breaking the local duck when successful over 1800m in KL two months ago. Was well supported and backed into favourite for the G1 Piala Emas and did not disgrace in finishing 5th, beaten 5 lengths. The 7yo has been freshened and wasn’t really extended in a KL trial last Tuesday week.   

14. KING WIN – Hard to see winning this considering he broke his maiden tag in a Class 5 contest in July.  Made it three victories in a row with all wins on the Penang circuit but had every chance in a lowly Cosmo B race last month. Prefer others.

15 TILSWORTH JACOBI – This lightly framed galloper has done a terrific job this year posting 3 wins from his past 5 starts. Won his maiden in July and will develop into a handy type for connections. Is the lowest rated galloper in the field and Sunday’s assignment will be his toughest test to date.







Date Added: 2019-11-15 04:07PM :: Last Updated: 2019-11-15 05:01PM