Tiger of Malaya as a yearling
For the second time in week the China Horse Club’s red and yellow silks were carried to victory on the back of a debutant two-year-old. Tiger of Malay joins Capitvant as a juvenile of genuine promise having come from off the pace to run over the top of his rivals in the AUD125,000 Forum Group Kirkham Plate (1000m) at Royal Randwick (Australia).
Like Captivant, Tiger of Malay was expertly handled by jockey Jason Collett who produced the colt at the right time to deliver a sything run to the line.
“Jason gave him a great ride,” China Horse Club’s Michael Smith explained. “He got him out of the gates and into a mid-pack position three wide with cover just behind the leaders coming through the turn.
“Into the straight he pulled him out and really ground it out all the way to the line to win strongly showing no signs of stopping.
“[Tiger of Malay] couldn’t have been any better. We now have some great options ahead of us. We could push on to the AUD1,000,000 Golden Gift or we could spell and circle around for key Autumn 2yo races.
“We will let the dust settle and see how he comes through the race and go from there. What is advantageous is that we have Captivant as well so CHC is already well placed so early in the season.”
Tiger of Malay is trained by brothers Richard and Michael Freedman who also oversee the career of Prime Star, runner-up in Saturday’s AUD1,000,000 Bondi Stakes. Prime Star has been a tremendous money spinner, returning more than AUD1.5 million in a nine start career to date. The bulk of that was secured in the AUD2,000,000 Inglis Millennium in February. The lucrative contest may well be in the crosshairs of connections in time for Tiger of Malay who will be eligible for the contest having been secured for AUD255,000 from the 2020 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
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