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  Pinheiro marks return with four winners

KUALA LUMPUR:  Aug 20, 2022

 

Back in action in Malaysia after a lapse of three years, Bernardo Pinheiro quickly showed racing fans that they were missing when he booted home four winners from just five rides at Sungei Besi here today.

The Brazilian jockey took the local scene by storm in 2019 when he rode 33 winners during a few short months in the country, the highlight of which was winning five races on FLASH ONE, RACE FOR FAME, SACRED GALAXY, GYARADOS and MR WOLFF at this track on September 21.

Pinheiro is currently riding on a short-term licence in Singapore and took the opportunity to fly in today for a one-day raid which has turned out to be a very successful one.

Pinheiro was off to the best possible start when he had an armchair ride on HIGH WATER, with the Australian gelding leading all the way and went to the line seven lengths clear of the rest.

The five-year-old had won one of two runs in Singapore and was making his Malaysian debut.

"The trainer told me he is in very good form and has a lot of speed, said Pinheiro. "There are some speed in the race but we were lucky to be drawn gate 1. I managed to get a good jump and once I got the lead, I tried to go at an easy pace to save for the straight. In the straight, he just flew."

After an unplaced ride, Pinheiro was back in the winner's circle with ESTIJAAB, a winner of two races in New Zealand but breaking through for his first win in Malaysia in nine starts.

"The trainer advised me before the race that he is not 100% sound with the way he breathes," said Pinheiro. "I got a good jump and tried to get him relaxed and save ground racing on the rails. I managed to find a good gap in the straight to go on the side of the leader. When I pushed him he answered me very well."

Pinheiro followed up in the next race to score on odds-on favourite GOOD FIGHT, a one-time winner in Singapore but winning for the second time in four runs in Malaysia.

"The trainer advised me he might pose a problem in the gate. Luckily I took the blindfold off at the right time and he jumped well," recalled Pinheiro. "He wasn't interested early and took a little time to get going in the straight after I sent him through a nice gap."

Pinheiro completed his hattrick with ISFAHAN, who was winning for the third time in 22 starts in the country.

"The horse had a wide gate so I tried to get him come inside which we did quite quickly," said Pinheiro. "At the top of the straight, I felt the leading horse (HIGH COUNCIL) went too early and I just tried to keep mine on a straight course.

"I kept pushing him for an final effort and he responded well in the end."

ISFAHAN won drawing away by 2 1/4 lengths for Pinheiro's fourth winner of the day.

"I couldn't be happier," said Pinheiro. "Five rides for four wins. I want to thank everyone for the support. I feel very much at home here and much welcomed."

  RESULTS AT A GLANCE:   Tote No / Horse / Trainer / Jockey / Position
 

CLASS 5 - 1300M
2 NOVA FACTOR CC Ooi S Uzair

1

  (6 gr/roan.am.g The Factor - Super Cub by Old Trieste)  
3 Happy Birthday HY Cheng SU Lim

2

6 Lucky Sixtysix F Maynard S Ruzaini

3

7 Tin's Machine WC Lim E Ekdihar

4

 

2

CLASS 5 - 1300M
8 NEW GARDEN R Lines KH Chong

1

  (6 br.a.g War - Amicable Agreement by Elvstroem)  
6 Little Mermaid KC Tiang S Ruzaini

2

0

D'Great Win S Hamilton SU Lim

3

10 Washington S Siva S Shazmin

4

 

3

CLASS 4 - 1100M
2 HIGH WATER S Dunderdale B Pinheiro

1

  (5 gr.a.g Rubick - Purringa by Purrealist)  
5 Mon Energy WC Lim SU Lim

2

3 Gassur AB Abdullah AK Lim

3

6 Aussie Eagle S Siva S Shazmin

4

 

4

OPEN MAIDEN (WFA) - 1200M
6 SUPER HAPPY KC Tiang S Ruzaini

1

  (4 b.a.g Press Statement - Full Bloom by Snippets)  
11 Alsheikh AB Abdullah AK Lim

2

9 Golden Queen HY Cheng HS Gill

3

8 Magic Sixty-One SY Lim M Ekdihar

4

 

5

CLASS 4 - 1100M
2 VULCAN C Leck Clyde Leck

1

  (7 b.nz.g Per Incanto - Mayfair by Grosvenor)  
8 Wishunponastar BT Lim HS Gill

2

9 Inherit HY Cheng MM Firdaus

3

4 Southern Dragon SY Lim M Ekdihar

4

 

6

CLASS 4 - 1100M
1 ESTIJAAB AB Abdullah B Pinheiro

1

  (6 br.nz.g Power - Uberalles by Giant's Causeway)  
9 Elise V Sivan A Suriya

2

4 Trinity Grace SY Lim SU Lim

3

6 Gifted HY Cheng KC Tham

4

 

7

CLASS 4 - 1400M
1 GOOD FIGHT S Dunderdale B Pinheiro

1

  (5 b.a.g Super One - Bella Elegante by Exceed And Excel)  
10 Ghost Bay BT Lim R Nuqman

2

9 Thank You Boss MP Thwaites S Shazmin

3

5 Charming Diamond HY Cheng MM Firdaus

4

 

8

CLASS 4 - 1400M
7 ISFAHAN AB Abdullah B Pinheiro

1

  (6 b.ir.g Casamento - Mia Madonna by Motivator)  
2 Resolute S Siva HS Gill

2

10 Under Oath F Maynard A Nazir 2
6 High Council C Leck Clyde Leck

4

  *Deadheat for 2nd      
 

9

CLASS 5 - 1300M
10 TAIL SPIN V Sivan WW Cheah

1

  (9 ch.a.g Congrats - Magie Francaise by Anabaa)  
4 Selangor Baby BT Lim HS Gill

2

9 Smart Master SY Lim M Ekdihar

3

3 Super BB WC Lim SU Lim

4

 

10

CLASS 5 - 1300M
2 LEADING CELLIST C Leck Clyde Leck

1

  (9 b.e.g Hat Trick - Tell It As It is by Chester House)  
8 Dark Wizard HY Cheng SU Lim

2

11 Life In Sixty-One SY Lim M Ekdihar

3

1 Fantastic Eclipse F Maynard A Suriya

4

  RACE 11 ABANDONED DUE TO ADVERSE TRACK CONDITIONS.

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