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  Moon Face returns with Optimax Cup win

KUALA LUMPUR:  Oct 30, 2022

 

MOON FACE continued his remarkable resurgence in Malaysia when he returned from a seven-month spell to score a runaway win in the Optimax Cup for Classes 2 & 3 horses over 1100m at Sungei Besi here today.

After disappointing in several trials in Singapore and as a result skipping the races for the whole of 2021, the Argentinean gelding bounced back with a first-up second here last February.

MOON FACE quickly followed up with a win and a third the following month but did not see action again until today.

Despite the long layoff, racegoers installed the six-year-old odds-on favourite in the Optimax Cup sponsored by Optimax Eye Specialist Centre.

MOON FACE never gave his backers any anxious moment. Ridden by Clyde Leck, he jumped smartly and immediately took charge in front. In the home stretch he went further and further ahead of the field and ended up 7 1/4 lengths clear at the line.

"He has always shown a 'ton' of ability," said trainer Simon Dunderdale who is away buying horses. "A big thanks to the owners for being so patient and apprentice Clyde Leck for riding him perfectly in the testing wet conditions."

"The instructions were to lead and draw a few lengths away from the field," said Leck. "I did exactly that and in the straight he gave me a lot more."

MOON FACE was one of six winners for Leck who now leads the jockey's table with 55 winners.

MOON FACE had a win and second in as many starts as a juvenile in Argentina. After landing in Singapore, he immediately showed his potential with back-to-back wins in Class 4 but disappointed in two runs in higher classes after that.

He was shipped over to Dunderdale late last year after failing to get to the races during the year.

  RESULTS AT A GLANCE:   Tote No / Horse / Trainer / Jockey / Position
 

1

CLASS 5 - 1700M
6 TARZAN WC Lim AK Lim

1

  (9 b.a.g Savabeel - Stage Doll by Serheed)  
4 Black Taipan HY Cheng J Low

2

5 Soon You Think K Coetzee R Rueven

3

9 Overseer S Hamilton MM Firdaus

4

 

2

SKY RACING WORLD NORTH AMERICA STAKES
CLASS 5 - 1700M
5 SILENT PRINCE C Leck Clyde Leck

1

(8 b.nz.g Casino Prince - Silenzia Blue by Testa Rossa
9 Tin's Machine WC Lim SU Lim

2

7 Shanghai Captain R Lines R Nuqman

3

3 Lucky Tiger HY Cheng M Ewe

4

 

3

CLASS 5 - 1300M
2 NOVA FACTOR CC Ooi WW Cheah

1

  (6 gr/roan.am.g The Factor - Super Cub by Old Trieste)  
6 Official KC Tiang R Nuqman

2

10 Lucky Thirtynine S Hamilton MM Firdaus

3

8 Isle Of Sky WC Lim AK Lim

4

 

4

SKY RACING WORLD LAS VEGAS STAKES
CLASS 5 - 1300M
2 COUNTER ATTACK C Leck Clyde Leck

1

(6 gr.a.g Tapit - Mabadi by Sahm)
8 Fledgeling R Lines WW Cheah

2

3 Winning Smile HY Cheng R Rueven

3

9 Yulong Dream CC Ooi A Suriya

4

 

5

SKY RACING WORLD LOUISVILLE STAKES
CLASS 5 - 1300M
8 ARROGATE ACHIEVER C Leck Clyde Leck

1

(11 b.a.g Captain Gerrard - Win Zip by Sir Dapper)
1 Arif S Hamilton R Rueven

2

3 Top Notch AB Abdullah M Ewe

3

6 Moongate Five R Lines WW Cheah

4

 

6

OPTIMIAX 'NEW VISION NEW LIFE' STAKES
OPEN NOVICE (SW) - 1400M
3 GOLDEN SPRINT KC Tiang WW Cheah

1

(5 b.nz.g Contributor - Got The Snitz by Snitzel)
5 Pit Bull C Leck K Pavinthran

2

1 Beihai Captain R Lines SU Lim

3

9 Wanted Payout C Leck A Suriya

4

 

7

SKYRACINGWORLD.COM STAKES
CLASS 4 - 1400M
3 SHOW HAND L Moy I Fikri

1

(5 ch.nz.g Highly Recommended - Yeah Barbie by Lord Of Warriors)
2 Super Happy KC Tiang M Ewe

2

8 Big Bad Mama WC Lim M Lukman

3

10 Northern Star HY Cheng H Arif

4

 

8

AMAZING OPTIMAX STAKES
CLASS 4 - 1400M
7 NAUGHTY KID C Leck Clyde Leck

1

(6 b.nz.g Shamexpress - Hollywood Angel by Dehere)
3 Shine Shine KC Tiang R Nuqman

2

5 First Lught R Lines WW Cheah

3

8 Golden Horse WC Lim AK Lim

4

 

9

OPTIMAX CUP
CLASSES 2 & 3 - 1100M
2 MOON FACE S Dunderdale Clyde Leck

1

(6 gr.arg.g Zensational - Caraluna by Pure Prize)
1 Eclipse Splash F Maynard A Nazir

2

4 War Dragon L Moy I Fikri

3

9 Legend War HY Cheng M Arif

4

 

10

WALLY MOORE TROPHY
CLASS 3 - 1100M
2 SCOOBY DOOBY DOO MW Teh I Fikri

1

(7 b.a.m Gingerbread Man - Irish Rumour by Citidancer)
3 Diamonds S Siva WW Cheah

2

4 Final Touch HY Cheng H Haikal

3

10 Vulcan C Leck Clyde Leck

4

 

11

SKY RACING WORLD APP STAKES
CLASS 5 - 1100M
7 GUILTY PLEASURES C Leck Clyde Leck

1

(11 b/br.e.g Northern Meteor - Conclude by Danzero)
12 M Eleven WC Lim SU Lim

2

11 Suntzu K Coetzee WW Cheah

3

4 Coloniel Star S Siva K Pavinthran

4

 

12

CLASS 5 - 1100M
4 TILSWORTH SYDNEY F Maynard A Najib

1

  (5 gr.e.m Outstrip - Pallas by Statue Of Liberty)  
1 Perfect Brandz C Leck Clyde Leck

2

3 Alcatraz CC Ooi R Nuqman

3

6 Terms Of Reference S Hamilton S Salee

4

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