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Minardi Son Wins Malaysia Gr1 Selangor Gold Cup
In Malaysia, Gr1-winning Queensland-based Palmaday Stud shuttler Minardi (Boundary-Yarn, by Mr Prospector) added a Gr1 triumph when 5YO gelding Kiko's Return (Minardi-Joe's Girl, by Amalgam) scored a 2-lengths victory in the Gr1 Selangor Gold Cup (1600m) at Selangor. Kiko's Return (ridden by Din Azis for trainer Lim Boon Thong) defeated 4YO gelding Colourland Supreme (Al Akbar-The Sky Moved, by Spectacular Love) & 7YO gelding Joker Treasure (Kashani-Dash Of Luck, by Balmerino). Kiko's Return was passed-in as a yearling for NZ$22,500 at the 2005 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale, then sold as a 2YO for NZ$28,000 at the 2005 NZ Bloodstock South Island Sale & later resold for NZ$20,000 as a 2YO at the 2005 NZ Bloodstock Ready-To-Run Sale. During 2008, Kiko's Return also won the Gr1 Perak Derby (2400m) as well as finishing 3rd in both Malaysia's Gr1 Piala Emas Sultan Selangor (2000m) at Sungei Besi in Kuala Lumpur & Gr1 Coronation Cup (1600m) at Perak; overall he now boasts 8 wins & 5 placings from 16 starts.