Mr Malek Reigns Supreme In Stewards' Cup

Star galloper Mr Malek confirmed his position as one of the best in the land when far too good in Saturday's Group 2 Stewards' Cup.

MR MALEK winning the STEWARDS' CUP GROUP 2
MR MALEK winning the STEWARDS' CUP GROUP 2 Picture: Singapore Turf Club

Already Group 1 and Group 2 placed, Mr Malek has displayed plenty of ability and had few concerns bringing up career win number eight.

Formerly trained by Lee Freedman Mr Malek won six of his first 10 starts with two of his defeats coming at the hands of star galloper Inferno.

Rated 105 by Timeform when finishing second behind Inferno in the 2020 Group 1 Lion City Cup [1200m] he confirmed himself as a star.

Failing to produce at his final start for Freedman Mr Malek was spelled before joining Burridge's team.

Rated 98 in his return behind Kharisma he improved to run a Timeform rating of 99 second up.

Already a Class 1 winner over a mile, Mr Malek has already shown his versatility and as expected  improved further on Saturday.

Ridden by Harry Kasim, Mr Malek enjoyed a lovely run in transit, settled fourth one out-two back.

Clicked up entering the straight he peeled to the centre and set out after the leaders.

Letting down well he joined in at the 200m before racing away to score easily by a length and a quarter.

Rated 105 by Timeform he equalled his previous best with a hint of more to come.

A winning figure of 105 is right on the average for the last five years with War Affair the highest rated winner of the event in recent times.

Rated 121+ in 2015, War Affair was just a different beast.

A big occasion for trainer Stephen Burridge who collected his first ever four-year-old feature winner in his 17 years at Kranji.

"He's a very good horse, we were expecting him to run well and he's done a good job, I'm very happy," Burridge said.

"The first two leaders came back down the backstraight, but he settled and relaxed beautifully. He just does what he's good at.

"We'll look at the Derby for sure, even if it won't be easy.

 "My horse will have to come through today's run good of course, but he's a good doer, so I'm not too worried. He was three kilos up today, he had a good trial last week and a good piece of work at his Tuesday gallop."

The Michael Clements trained Big Hearted shapes as the main danger in the Derby and notably started favourite in the feature on Saturday ($3.00 Vs $3.40).

When adjusting for sectional mark ups there was only a pound between the pair which sets up a thrilling clash in the Derby.

At this stage I'll stick with Mr Malek.


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Kranji

Saturday, 03rd July 2021

11
17:00
(local)

STEWARDS' CUP GROUP 2 (SGG2)

Age: 4yo Type: OPEN
SGD $150,000
1600m TURF GOOD
11
17:00
(local)
SGD $150,000
1600m GOOD

STEWARDS' CUP GROUP 2 (SGG2)

Age: 4yo Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 1. MR MALEK (NZ) 4yo G
SWISS ACE (AUS) - TINA (NZ)
KASIM A'ISISUHAIRI
STEVEN BURRIDGE
$3.40
57.0kg
OSCAR RACING STABLE
2nd 3. BIG HEARTED (AUS) 4yo G
HALLOWED CROWN (AUS) - SECRET SELECTION (AUS)
VLAD DURIC
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$3.00
57.0kg
FALCON RACING NO 7 STABLE

Sales Information

3rd 4. KHARISMA (AUS) 4yo G
MOSSMAN (AUS) - COMMAND MORE (AUS)
MARC LERNER
STEPHEN GRAY
$8.60
57.0kg
DAGO STABLE

Sales Information

4th 9. THE EXECUTIONER (AUS) 4yo G
MORE THAN READY (USA) - PINOVA (AUS)
DANNY BEASLEY
J LIM
$39.00
57.0kg

Sales Information

5th 5. SENOR DON (ARG) 4yo G
SENOR CANDY (USA) - DOMESTICATED (USA)
LOUIS-PHILIPPE BEUZELIN
RICARDO LE GRANGE
$35.40
57.0kg
6th 2. ROCKET STAR (AUS) 4yo G
STAR WITNESS (AUS) - TRAGIC MOMENT (USA)
C C WONG
RICARDO LE GRANGE
$2.40
57.0kg

Sales Information

7th 6. PALETAS (NZ) 4yo G
IFFRAAJ (GB) - ALWAYS HAPPY (USA)
S SHAFRIZAL
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$23.40
57.0kg
8th 8. THE WILD BUNCH (NZ) 4yo G
SWISS ACE (AUS) - BADGIRLDEB (NZ)
KOH TECK HUAT CHARLARD
J ONG
$61.80
57.0kg
9th 7. TELLER (ARG) 4yo G
HELIOSTATIC (IRE) - JOLIE JOAN (ARG)
MATTHEW KELLADY
SHANE DONALD BAERTSCHIGER
$73.40
57.0kg
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