Cook's 'DANCER' shows some nifty moves

BA LI BA DANCER looks set for another win in the Fraser's Hill International Bird Race Handicap for Class 4 horses over 1,200m on Sunday going by his impressive trial in Ipoh yesterday.

Taken out by South African jockey Martin Wepner, the three-year-old Australian gelding by Viscount cantered one round on the sand track and then went as well as stablemates Blue Tosca (Enrich Stakes A - 1,400m) and Tanha Strike (Wan, Enrich Stakes A - 1,400m) in a 600m trial to clock 37.7sec. The going was good.

Ba Li Ba Dancer has a win and a fourth from three outings. He broke through in his second outing when he beat Yeongsan in a Restricted Maiden event over 1,200m in Kuala Lumpur last November.

Resuming after a seven-month break, Ba Li Ba Dancer was not disgraced when he ran fourth to Charly B in a Class 4 event over 1,200m in Kuala Lumpur early this month.

Trained by Stephen Cook, Ba Li Ba Dancer has made further progress and should be considered as a good thing on Sunday.


Enrich Stakes A - 1,400m: Blue Tosca, Tanha Strike (Wan) and Ba Li Ba Dancer (Wepner, Class 4 - 1,200m) canter/37.7. Iwa Antilia (Tham) 37.9. Street Dream canter/42, looking well. Silveron Wings trot/37.3. Blue Hills (Wepner) and Stormy Bruce (Class 4 - 1,200m) canter/37.4. Barrier test: Money Is King 38.3.

Class 4 - 1,200m: Brave Malala (CK Tan) and Leap Of Faith (Khoo, Restricted Maiden - 1,200m) trot/41.8. Little But Fierce (Wan) trot/41.6, improved. Contented 36.7. Vellfire canter/43.5. Delta Wing (Wepner) 38.1. Hennessy Dragon 37.1. Sea Butterfly and Glory Age (Class 5 - 1,800m) 40. Barrier test/practice: Martel (Yan) 37.9. Magical Ten (Khoo) 38. Money Makes Money (Eirwan) 38, looking well.

Class 4 - 1,200m: Dawn Prospect trot/38.2. All Good 39. Doctor Wu (Yan) trot/39.5. Barrier test: Earl Grey (Yusri) 38.1.

Class 4 - 1,600m: Luxurious Choice trot/37.6. Legal Lord (Shankar) 40.3. Magic Baby 40. Zhan Shen 39.6. Thrust (Yusri) and Flash Gordon (Amirul) 39.7. Bercham (Yan) 39.4.

Class 5 - 1,800m: Surprise Strike, Sakkie Sakkie (Djulkifli) and Oracion 38.9. Space Invader (Shankar) 41.1. I Wish and Blessingindisguise (Class 5 - 1,800m) trot/43. Improbable trot/40.1. Mr Magic 39.1. Kiwi Maestro (Tham) trot/37.6. Stub 42. Not Free Now 38.9. Gift's Dawan trot/39.9.

Restricted Maiden - 1,200m: Glorious Geronimo and Great Geronimo trot/42.4. Neverunconditional and Truth Prevails trot/45. Top Gun and Truson 39.4.

- NST.