American interests have made a substantial bid to buy Perth feature events winner Ana Malak ahead of his start in Friday night’s $450,000 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) at Gloucester Park.
The Greg and Skye Bond-trained horse won last season’s $125,000 4YO Classic (2130m) and $200,000 Golden Nugget (2536m) before a successful Victorian campaign.
He looked close to his best again when running on to finish fourth in last Friday night’s $300,000 Fremantle Pacing Cup (2536m) won by Caviar Star.
“There’s been a good US offer for Ana Malak,” part-owner Rob Gartrell said yesterday.
“Prospective buyers are confident he will be ideally suited in strong American races.
“Purchase negotiations are definitely in progress, but our ownership syndicate has yet to make a decision on selling.
“We first want him to tackle the cup in our colours. If he wins, the buyers will then have to make a much bigger offer before we would consider parting with him.
“A pacing cup win by Ana Malak could lead to us retaining him and aiming at rich interstate events.”
Reinsman Michael Grantham, who drove Ana Malak in the Fremantle Cup, was impressed by his run.
“He made up ground on the winner, who ran a track record 1:54.2,” Grantham said. “ It was a great effort by Ana Malak.”
The Bond-trained Vampiro also looks a top WA Pacing Cup prospect after he set the Fremantle Cup pace and finished second by a head.
“It was a sensational run,” Vampiro’s reinsman Colin Brown said.
“He deserved to win.”
Vampiro, a winner at three of his past five starts, has 19 Gloucester Park victories.
El Jacko, Galactic Star, Mighty Conqueror, Our Alfie Romeo and Our Jimmy Johnstone will also be cup runners for the Bonds.
Meanwhile, trainer-reinsman Aiden De Campo is overlooking a ninth placing by WA Derby winner Handsandwheels in the Fremantle Cup.
“He didn’t finish as expected,” De Campo said. “But I think he would have benefited from the run.”
Handsandwheels, part-owned by Perth Cup winning jockey Kyra Yuill, has won 25 races and stakes of almost $550,000.