The Perak Gold Vase is unique for it is the
only classic run over a straight course. But the race started out
as a "7 furlongs less 40 yards" (about 1,368m) sprint in
1950 when MISS NATHAN was successful. It was then known as Sultan
The following year, the race was run over "6
furlongs" (about 1,207m) with BEST BET, ridden by
local jockey Abdul Mawi, coming up tops. In 1952, the distance was
switched to the present equivalent of 1,100m and run over the
straight course. It has stayed that way since.
In 1958, Garnet Bougoure partnered the great
sprint champion AMUSEMENT PARK to record his second success
in the series, having won it earlier in 1954 with SOVEREIGN.
Bougoure’s achievement was bettered a few
years later by Kevin Mitchell. Winner of the race with RUBBER
PLNATER in 1956, Mitchell was astride NASHOR when he
registered his double in 1963 ad 1964.
In recent years, K L Oo has emulated Mitchell’s
record, winning the Gold Vase on AMERICAN SOLDIER II
(1986), FISCHER (1995) and PRECEDENT (1999).
M C Lam was only an apprentice when he took the
1976 running on SINGAPORE SUN. He repeated the feat on JINGLE BELL
IV in 1984 when a senior rider. Danny Chee was also an
apprentice when he won on LIBRAN STAR in 1988 when the race
was first run as a restricted handicap.
In 1993, the Gold Vase was run at
weight-for-age with WILD N DARING (C H Kam) emerging victorious.
The Perak Turf Club tried it as a set-weights
event in 1994 when FLAMING WONDER was successful. The
following year, the Gold Vase was reverted to weight-for-age and
has remained that way since.
Besides NASHOR, only three other horses have won the Gold Vase
twice: KING'S KNIGHT in 1967 and 1968, RAPHAEL GOLD in 1997 and
1998, and LABU LABU in 2003 and 2003.