Our Malabar Wins Celebrity Sprint MS Pace

Our Malabar Wins Celebrity Sprint MS Pace

Friday night at Gloucester Park six-year-old New Zealand gelding Our Malabar claimed victory in the feature pacing event, the $60 000 Group 2 Lawsons Underwriting Australasia Celebrity Sprint MS Pace (1730m).

Starting the race as an outside chance at $21.80, the Bob Mellsop-trained and driven Our Malabar secured a shock 1.2m win ahead of Talk To Me Courage ($12.60) with Has The Answers ($2.90) just 0.30m back for third.

Our Malabar broke the track record with his scintillating mile rate of 1:54.2, which destroyed the previous 1730m WA record set by Sneakyn Down Under in October of 1:54.6. The winner now has a record of 23 wins from 83 career starts.

Odds-on favourite at $2.30, Fremantle Cup winner Im Themightyquinn failed to place for trainer Gary Hall on the night, finishing a dismal sixth nearly 14m back from the winner missing out on a minor prize by just one spot. He began at a fantastic pace but was out-raced in the final quarter, wilting after his hectic early effort.

Only eight horses contested the event following the scratching of Tee Pee Villate, HY Royale and Stage Coach Kid.

All eyes will be on Our Malabar for the remainder of the Perth’s summer pacing carnival as the son of Live Or Die looks set for big things this season. Mellsop will now aim him at the $125 000 Australian Pacing Championship (2130m) on January 8 and the $400 000 WA Pacing Cup (2536m) on January 22.

2009 Celebrity Sprint MS Pace Results:

Placing

Horse

Prizemoney

Row & Br.

Trainer

Driver

Margin (m)

1
OUR MALABAR (NZ)
$40 000 Fr5 R J Mellsop R J Mellsop
2
TALK TO ME COURAGE (NZ)
$11 000 Fr4 G E Hall Snr. K N Prentice 1.20
3
HAS THE ANSWERS
$5 500 Fr2 T Svilicich M L Woodley 1.50
4
SNEAKYN DOWN UNDER (NZ)
$2 500 Fr3 D W Duffy A C Lewis 2.80
5
VILLAGE RULER
$1 000 Fr7 D J Harper D J Harper 8.30
6
IM THEMIGHTYQUINN (NZ)
Fr1 G E Hall Snr. S J Cramp 13.90
7
ALIVEANDWELL (NZ)
Fr6 A L De Campo R P Bell 28.80
8
HOMBRE HIGGINS
Fr8 M G Reed G D Richards 30.00