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  High five for Shafiq in first dual-track meeting

KUALA LUMPUR:  Jun 9, 2024

 
FATAL ATTRACTION winning first-up in Malaysia SLTC photo
 

Following the successful reconstruction of the main track, Selangor Turf Club held its first mixed programme at Sungai Besi here today, with the first four races run on the No 2 track as in the last several weeks.

The remaining six races were staged on the main track.

And the star of today's first such meeting was undoubtedly former Singapore champion apprentice Rizuan Shafiq who booted home five winners, joining an elite band of jockeys who achieve such a feat in local racing.
 
Born in Kelantan, Shafiq started his riding career in Singapore in 2011 and made an immediate impact with 37 wins that year, finishing 10th in the overall jockey's table.

Shafiq went on to capture the apprentice's title with 54 winners in 2015, placing him fifth in the jockey's table.

However, Shafiq has run foul of the stewards a couple of times in recent years, most recently serving a one-year disqualification which ended in June last year.

Shafiq then returned to Malaysia and rode five winners last year. He is rapidly regaining his touch and climbing up the table as well. His five wins today lifted him to fourth with 18 wins.

Shafiq first rode PACIFIC PRIME back in February, finding one to beat on that occasion. This time, they combined again to win the open race today easily for the gelding's third win his first in Malaysia in 41 starts.

After sitting out the next race, Shafiq went on to bag the next three races astride OYMPIA, HAPPY PRINCESS and FATAL ATTRACTION.

Winner of just one race in Singapore, OLYMIA has now picked up five wins in Malaysia.

After being placed in her last three runs following her promotion from Class 5, HAPPY PRINCESS started odds-on in the Class 4 - 1150m sprint and duly obliged with an easy win.

Shafiq landed another popular winner when FATAL ATTRACTION scored first-up in Malaysia. The Australian gelding raced for two seasons back home, winning once over 2100m and was placed thrice in 18 runs.

Shafiq then scored his biggest of the afternoon when ANTIPODEAN stretched his unbeaten run to five in winning the Metro A set-weight event over 1400m. (See separate report)

"Most of my rides were in with a chance today," said Shafiq. "Still it wasn't an easy feat to ride five winners so I am happy."

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

CLASS 5 - 1020M (TRACK 2)
5 PACIFIC PRIME KC Tiang R Shafiq

1

  (7 ch.nz.g Wandjina - Oak Park by More Than Ready)  
4 New Garden R Lines CK Khaw

2

8 Provocateur S Deva Raj T Ammar

3

1 Cosmic Sands S Hamilton S Salee

4

 

2

CLASS 5 - 1020M (TRACK 2)
1 FIRST BOWL L Moy I Fikri

1

  (8 b.nz.g Battle Paint - Greensleeves by Green Perfume)  

0

Bintang Sixty-One C Leck Clyde Leck

2

Leo S Siva S Zulfikri

3

2 Monday BT Lim R Nuqman

4

 

3

CLASS 4 -1150M (TRACK 2)
3 OLYMPIA S Dunderdale R Shafiq

1

  (6 b/br.a.g Gingerbread Man - Second Omen by Second Empire)  
5 Battlestar S Hamilton S Salee

2

7 The Mamba R Lines SU Lim

3

11 Intrepid S Dunderdale T Ammar

4

 

4

CLASS 4 - 1150M (TRACK 2)
4 HAPPY PRINCESS KC Tiang R Shafiq

1

  (5 b.am.m Vancouver - Emona by Hat Trick)  
10 Miss Thyra NM Selvan S Ruzaini

2

7 Storm To Win T Asogan A Azizi

3

3 Seson R Lines WW Cheah

4

 

5

CLASS 4 - 1400M
2 FATAL ATTRACTION S Dunderdale R Shafiq

1

  (4 br.a.g Shamus Award - Implementation by Nicconi)  
11 From The Navy J Leck K Pavinthran

2

7 Thousand Mile Eye HY Cheng R Nuqman

3

12 Somar NM Selvan A Azizi

4

 

6

CLASS 4 - 1400M
1 HARDCORE CC Ooi M Ekdihar

1

  (8 b.nz.g All Too Hard - Lychee by More Than Ready)  
4 Sahm M Sukri I Fikri

2

5 Leatherhead S Hamilton S Salee

3

9 Big Franck S Dunderdale J Daniel

4

 

7

METRO A (SW) -1400M
9 ANTIPODEAN S Dunderdale R Shafiq

1

  (3 b.nz.g Derryn - Pakapunch by Per Incanto)  
4 Trumpy L Moy L De Souza

2

1 Berry Bliss J Leck Clyde Leck

3

10 Weloveu L Moy I Fikri

4

 

8

CLASS 5 - 1500M
3 BARBARIAN NM Selvan A Azizi

1

  (7 b.a.g Redoute's Choice - Fume Blanc by Encosta De Lago)  
1 Hosayliao WC Lim SU Lim

2

2 Air Boss WC Lim M Lukman

3

9 Big Lawyer BT Lim HS Gill

4

 

9

CLASS 5 - 1300M
1 LOVING BABE BT Lim R Nuqman

1

  (7 br.a.g Scandal Keeper - Snazzy Jazzy by Lonhro)  
5 Hunter Pegasus K Ananthen A Azizi

2

8 Legend Ninety Two EP Tan AK Lim

3

6 Peseverance V Sivan KC Tham

4

 

10

CLASS 5 - 1300M
8 RACE FOR FAME AB Abdullah O Chavez

1

  (10 b.a.g Dash For Cash - Epic Journey by Danehill)  
4 Chief Of Army S Siva SU Lim

2

7 MGR Rocket NM Selvan Z Khairil

3

1 Be Yourself HY Cheng HS Gill

4

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