It was a weekend for the old warriors: Lava Man, 8, made a well-publicized but unsuccessful return to the races Sunday at Santa Anita; Cloudy’s Knight, 9, won the Grade 2 W.L. McKnight at Calder Saturday; and Australian-bred gelding Raul, the oldest of the trio at 10, won the Group 1 Yang Di Pertua Negeri Gold Cup (Penang Gold Cup) at Penang in Malaysia Sunday. A former Singapore Gold Cup winner, Raul won the 2200-meter Gold Cup — which carried a US$393,000 purse — in front-running style (see video below). Prominent Australian owner Su-Ann Khaw, who races Group 1 winner Allez Wonder, among others, and tweets as inkmarksofsu, said via Twitter today that “prizemoney in general is much better in Singapore but yes, the G1 prizemoney for that race is impressive.” She added about Malaysia, “it’s different for the horses, our weather is very warm and humid. not a lot of room for grazing paddocks etc.”
The Penang Gold Cup is the richest race among the three tracks in Malaysia — Penang, Perak, and Selangor.
Raul is a son of the US-bred Devil’s Bag horse Hideyoshi, a winner in the UK and a half-brother to L’Enjoleur, Grand Luxe, La Voyageuse, Medaille d’Or, and D’Accord.
The video below shows the Gold Cup twice, first in Malaysian, then in English. Raul leads throughout.