Fradd and Stewart get one-year extensions

Jockeys Robbie Fradd and Ronnie Stewart will stay in Singapore for another year.

The Singapore Turf Club has granted both riders a one-year extension to their visiting jockeys’ permits, commencing on 1 January through 31 December 2010.

Runner-up in the Singapore jockey’s premiership in 2007 and 2008 and currently sitting fourth on 55 wins, Fradd, 44, will be at his fourth season at Kranji.

A winner of more than 2,000 races, the South African, who made his name in both his native country and Hong Kong, is here better known as the regular partner of Kranji’s top sprinter Rocket Man.

The pairing combined seven times for six of Rocket Man’s seven wins, including the Group 1 Lion City Cup and three other Group races, with their only defeat coming at the hands of Sacred Kingdom when a close second in the KrisFlyer International Sprint.

Fradd goes to scale at 52kg.

Stewart began riding in Singapore in 2006 and has since always finished in the Top 10.

Winning last year’s Singapore Gold Cup aboard El Dorado was already regarded as a career milestone for the former Sydney champion apprentice, but Stewart, 26, remarkably went on to top that performance this year.

After a slow start in the season, the Australian jockey made headlines with his Singapore Four-Year-Old Triple Crown feat aboard Jolie’s Shinju, with the Group 1 Emirates Singapore Derby as the top prize.

Four months later, Stewart capped an outstanding year with a back-to-back double in the Group 1 Singapore Gold Cup aboard El Dorado.

A natural lightweight jockey, Stewart goes to scale at 50kg.

Trainer Susumu Nigishi has informed the Club that he will not be renewing his MRA licence for 2010 and will be returning to Japan. His last day of operations in Singapore is 25 December 2009.

The Club wishes Trainer Nigishi well in all his future endeavours.