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  Six-up for Antipodean in 3YO Pacific Cup win

KUALA LUMPUR:  Jun 23, 2024

 
ANTIPODEAN (Bernardo Pinheiro) scoring his sixth consecutive win
in the 3YO Pacific Cup
SLTC photo
 

ANTIPODEAN stretched his unbeaten run to six with a powerful display in the 3YO Pacific Cup over 1200m at Sungai Besi here today.

The New Zealand gelding, purchased by trainer Simon Dunderdale for NZ$23,000 at the Ready To Run sale, has taken local racing by storm since making his debut four months ago.

After easy wins in Open Maiden company, then in Class 4 and Class 3, ANTIPODEAN tackled top company for the first time and came out with flying colours in a Metro A set-weight race two weeks ago.

He beat TRUMPY into second spot that day and among the other big names in that race were BERRY BLISS and PASIR PINJI.

Racing against his own age group today, ANTIPODEAN started at prohibitive odds (RM6) and rightly so.

Jockey Bernardo Pinheiro had him sitting pretty in fifth spot early, moving up to fourth as the field turned for home.

The pacemaker CHARMING WIN was tackled by LAXON approaching the 250m with ANTIPODEAN looming large next. The trio were almost in a line at the 200m, then ANTIPODEAN pulled away soon after and went on to win by three quarters of a length.

RHYTHM OF ZEN finished strongly to beat LAXON for second. Second favourite MILITARY FLAG, who was expected to be the main challenger to ANTIPODEAN, came from a long way back to finish fourth and was doing best work at the finish.

"He (ANTIPODEAN) is an amazing horse, a young horse with a very bright future," said Pinheiro.

"I am so glad to be on board him. This is my third win on him and our first Cup. He showed improvement with each race. He managed to sit well and travelled so good.

"At the of the straight when I asked (him for an effort), he ran home so well. Simon (Dunderdale) did an amazing job with him."

"ANTIPODEAN is a superstar," declared Dunderdale who saddled four winners today.

"He has another gear when it looked he was under pressure. Thanks to Pinheiro for another good ride."

The pair had combined to win the TNI Charity Cup with PASIR PINJI earlier.

All three Singapore based expatriate jockeys who came over today made it to the winner's circle.

Ruan Maia scored on MAESTRO for trainer Cheng Han Yong while Ryan Curatolo was successful on the Dunderdale-trained INTREPID.

But the star today was Pinheiro who won four consecutive races.

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

CLASS 5 - 1300M
8 CANDY RAIN F Maynard A Nazir

1

  (6 ch.a.m Manhattan Rain - High Ideal by Bel Esprit)  
10 Another Show HY Cheng R Maia

2

2 Shangani F Maynard I Fikri

3

1 Gurney Drive K Ananthen S Salee

4

 

2

CLASS 5 - 1300M
4 BINTANG SIXTY-ONE C Leck Clyde Leck

1

  (4 b.ir.g Votal Glory - Kayjo by Bushranger)  
9 The Storm NM Selvan R Curatolo

2

1 CH Fortune K Ananthen S Ruzaini

3

7 Elusive Emperor S Hamilton S Salee

4

 

3

CLASS 5 - 1600M
3 MAESTRO HY Cheng R Maia

1

  (8 br.nz.g He's Remarkable - Bella Carolina by O'Reilly)  
2 Moment Of Justice EP Tan B Pinheiro

2

5 Perseverance V Sivan S Ruzaini

3

8 Mewtwo L Moy L De Souza

4

 

4

CLASS 4 - 1700M
1 INTREPID S Dunderdale R Curatolo

1

  (7 b/br.a.m Blackfriars - Razzia by Scenic)  
6 Northern Star HY Cheng R Nuqman

2

3 Thousand Mile Eye HY Cheng R Maia

3

4 Exit Strategy V Sivan CK Khaw

4

 

5

CLASS 4 - 1400M
8 TANGESH C Leck S Ruzaini

1

  (5 ch.a.g Deep Field - Juste Si Bu by Exceed And Excel)  
6 Graphjet Express HY Cheng B Pinheiro

2

4 Star Talent R Lines WW Cheah

3

11 Michikawa F Maynard J Daniel

4

 

6

CLASS 3 - 1300M
9 REVOLUTION S Dunderdale B Pinheiro

1

  (8 ch.a.g Uncencumbered - Sadler's Wish by Not A Single Doubt)  
8 Pacific Empire KC Tiang KC Tham

2

2 Leopard Eclipse F Maynard Z Khairil

3

3 Golden Sardine HY Cheng R Nuqman

4

 

7

TNI CHARITY CUP
SUPREME B (SW) - 1300M
2 PASIR PINJI S Dunderdale B Pinheiro

1

(7 b.nz.g Nadeem - Mistaar by Iffraaj)
4 Misty Swift S Ellis S Ruzaini

2

3 Chonky Potato J Leck Clyde Leck

3

8 Wecando F Maynard J Daniel

4

 

8

3YO PACIFIC CUP
3YO (SW) - 1200M
1 ANTIPODEAN S Dunderdale B Pinheiro

1

(3 b.nz.g Derryn - Pakapunch by Per Incanto)
5 Rhythm Of Zen S Hamilton R Nuqman

2

6 Laxon S Ellis I Fikri

3

2 Military Flag S Dunderdale R Shafiq

4

 

9

CLASS 4 - 1200M
1 MAT SMART MW Teh B Pinheiro

1

  (8 ch.a.g Gingerbread Man - La Siremuse by Barathea)  
3 Legend Of The Sun SY Lim SU Lim

2

5 Congaree L Moy KC Tham

3

7 Happy Birthday HY Cheng HK Cheng

4

 

10

CLASS 4 - 1200M
8 BARBARIAN NM Selvan A Azizi

1

  (7 b.a.g Redoute's Choice - Fume Blanc by Encosta De Lago)  
1 Resolute L Moy R Curatolo

2

11 Uptown Girl NM Selvan S Ruzaini

3

3 The Crown Jewel AB Abdullah O Chavez

4

 

11

CLASS 5 - 1020M (TRACK 2)
3 BIG BAD MAMA MW Teh A Azizi

1

  (7 b.a.m Gingerbread Man - Jestervale by Real Jester)  
7 Pacific Armani KC Tiang O Chavez

2

5 Sunny Day F Maynard R Curatolo

3

1 Rahotu R Lines WW Chah

4

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