Aussie Sweep In Malaysian Group One

Risky Business winning the Singapore Gold CupOutstanding Singapore based stayer Risky Business has won his second Group One race in Malaysia, racing clear in Sunday’s M$1 million Piala Emas Sultan Selangor (2000m) at Kuala Lumpur.

The win was a clean sweep for the Aussies – with horse, trainer and jockey all hailing from Australia.

Risky Business, a Tyreel Thoroughbred graduate by Danehill Dancer, was sold for $90,000 at the 2006 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

He is trained at Kranji by Steven Burridge and was ridden to victory by popular hoop Noel Callow.

The win was the second Malaysian Classic won by Risky Business. Late last year he was a two and a half length winner of the Yang Di Pertua Negeri Gold Cup (2200m). Callow was also in the saddle on that occasion.

The gelding is a proven big race performer having last November won the Group One S$1.35 million Singapore Gold Cup at Kranji.

Burridge wasn’t at Kuala Lumpur, preferring to stay in Singapore when he saddled up winners at Kranji.

He cheered himself hoarse from the Press Box at Kranji watching the stable star come from midfield to win in impressive fashion.

“Mate, this horse is such a ripper,” a delighted Burridge said. “His work on Monday was shocking – Tobias beat him and I was so worried I had his blood taken.”

“But the blood results came back good and I decided to press on. I was only worried about the 59 kilograms and he was just too good for them.”

Steve and Julie Burridge“It’s good for (wife) Julie as she has worked with the horse from Day 1. But it’s also a fantastic team effort to get him up there and win again,” Burridge added.

Risky Business was a $90,000 purchase from the draft of Tyreel Thoroughbred Stud at the 2006 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

As it stands he’s earned the equivalent of over $1.5 million – not bad for the $90,000 Gold Coast buy.

Risky Business kicked away his racing career in Adelaide (as To Arms) with Lindsay Park trainer David Hayes where he raced twice for two placings on metro tracks.

Shortly after he was transferred to Singapore where he kicked away in style with a win on debut in late 2007.

By Danehill Dancer, Risky Business is a three quarter brother to fellow Singapore star Lim’s Fighter – a winner of 11 races and over $1.19 million. He finished just behind the placegetters in today’s big race. 

They are both from the Group Two Grand Prix Stakes winner Sky Watch – a winner of six races including two other stakes events in Sydney.

Winner: Risky Business
Breeding: Danehill Dancer-Sky Watch (Star Watch)
Race: Selangor TC Piala Emas Sultan Selangor G1 (2000m)
Sold for: $90,000
Sale: 2006 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Tyreel Thoroughbred Stud
Buyer: Demi O’Byrne
Earnings: $1,567,663
Owner(s): Results Stable
Trainer: Steven Burridge (Kranji)