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Four riders get to spend X'Mas here

The New Paper | Friday, May 9, 2014

Fragrance Empire (David Flores astride).

SINGAPORE - Four jockeys have seen their visiting jockey's licences extended until the end of the year, along with the addition of a newcomer to their ranks, Nooresh Juglall from Mauritius.

Danny Beasley, John Powell, Lisa Allpress and David Flores have had their licences - which were due to expire on June 30 - renewed by the Singapore Turf Club.

They are now permitted to ride until Dec 31.

Juglall was granted a three-month licence from June 1 to Aug 31.

A 22-year-old Mauritian-born rider, Juglall honed his craft for five years in South Africa where he claimed two National apprentice jockeys' titles in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 as well as two Highveld apprentice jockey championships.

From his haul of 280 winners, he has scored 10 wins at Group level.

Currently licensed by the Mauritius Turf Club, the lightweight jockey who goes to scale at 49kg and came out of his time in March, will be the first Mauritian jockey licensed to ride in Singapore.

Besides South Africa and Mauritius, Juglall has also ridden in Zimbabwe, Qatar and Macau, the latter two at apprentice jockeys' challenges where he represented South Africa, winning one race in Qatar.

Beasley, 38, has been riding in Singapore since October 2007. He currently sits in third place on the Singapore jockey's premiership table with 28 winners at a strike-rate of 14.07 per cent.

With the 2009 Group 1 Raffles Cup aboard Cheyenne Dancer and last year's Group 1 Panasonic Kranji Mile aboard Cash Luck as his local career highlights, the Australian jockey has begun a fruitful association with War Affair, having already won two Legs of the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge. He goes to scale at 51kg.

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