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HINT HOME IN THE 2012 PENANG GOLD CUP

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The Arexevan Racing owned Hint pulled off a successful hit and run raid at his second attempt at the RM500,000 Yang Di Pertua Negiri Gold Cup over 2200 metres at the Batu Gantong track on Sunday.

Framed as a "Malaysian Group 1" race but never the less considered a Listed race by studbook's around the world, Hint was well ridden by expatriate Brazilian jockey Jose De Souza and won by 2.8 lengths in the very fast time of 2:12.5. The time was only 0.1 seconds outside the long standing race record of 2:12.4 set by Noble Spirit in 1994.

Hint was the only Singapore based runner in the eight horse field. The win which preceded the win of the Michael Freedman trained Mr Big in the RM1,000,000 Magic Millions Classic added up to a great day for the Singapore racing fraternity as Hint and Mr.Big nicked the two classic races from under the noses of the locals. Hint and Mr.Big were the only two Singapore runners sent North to Penang.

The Hint was bittersweet for Arexevan Racing after Hint started the beaten favorite in the 2011 version of the Cup following a fantastic fourth in the Singapore Gold Cup over the same 2200m. On that occasion the race was worth RM750,000 but for this year the stakes had been slashed to RM500,000 by the Penang Turf Club.

Hint's road to victory had not been as impressive as the previous year as he had finished well down the track in this years Singapore Gold Cup behind Better Life and was well beaten at a subsequent Polytrack warm up.

Jose de Souza rode the perfect race and pulled away late to win his second Malaysian Group 1 race after previously being successful with Top Spin in the Piala Emas Sultan Selangor at the Selangor Turf Club.

Arexevan Racing's Scott McAlister was on hand to accept the trophy from the Governor of Penang along with Robert Sim, Peter Raik and Assistant Trainer Julie Burridge.

The win was Hint's eighth in the MRA and took his combined Singapore Dollar / Malaysian Ringgit earnings to just under the S$500,000 mark.

Hint is trained by Steven Burridge and owned by Arexevan Racing.

WATCH HINT WIN THE YANG DI PERTUA NEGERI GOLD CUP (GROUP 1)

 

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