The Singapore Turf Club has granted a one-day visiting jockey’s licence to the five overseas jockeys booked to ride at the Group 1 Kranji Mile meeting on 26 May, 2018.
The five jockeys, along with their Kranji Mile riding assignments are:
Jockey Kranji Mile Ride
David Probert Here Comes When
Jason Collett Ocean Emperor
Zac Purton Southern Legend
Karis Teetan Horse Of Fortune
Alexis Badel Circuit Land
The Welsh- born Probert, 30, has ridden in excess of 600 winners in a career that began with English trainer Andrew Balding at his Kingsclere yard in Newmarket in 2006. Crowned joint British champion apprentice jockey with William Buick in 2008, Probert has gone on to ride more than 20 Group and Listed Race winners in his career.
Well-travelled, Probert has ridden successfully throughout Great Britain and other European countries, as well as at short stints in Dubai, Qatar and India. He has yet to ride a Group 1 winner with his highest acclaim being two wins in the Group 2 Oettingen-Rennen (1600m) at Baden Baden in Germany, including the latest aboard his Kranji Mile ride, Here Comes When in 2014.
Probert rode 94 winners from 855 rides throughout the United Kingdom in the 2017 racing season and currently has on the board 10 winners from 125 rides this season. He goes to scale at 55kgs.
Collett is a 26-year-old New Zealand rider currently plying his trade in Sydney, Australia, and has booted home in excess of 800 winners.
Hailing from a racing family in Pukekohe, Collett began his riding career nine years ago. He has two siblings, who are both jockeys, including the recently-licensed Alysha Collett.
One year after landing the New Zealand champion apprentice jockey title in the 2011/2012 season, Collett moved across the Tasman Sea to Sydney where he was associated with the powerful Chris Waller stable.
With three ‘black type’ wins already gained back in New Zealand, namely the Group 2 Japan New Zealand Trophy, Dunedin Gold Cup, Tauranga Cup, Collett has since added more feathers to his cap in Australia, padding up his resume to a total feature tally of 29 Group winners and 28 Listed winners, notably the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes aboard Rebel Dane in 2013 and more recently, the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes aboard Man From Uncle in 2017.
Collett, who also represented New Zealand at the Asian Young Guns Challenge in Macau in 2012, currently sits in sixth place on the Sydney jockeys' premiership on 49 winners this season, and goes to scale at 53kgs.
Hong Kong-based Australian jockey Purton, 35, began his riding career in Queensland where he won the Brisbane champion jockey title in 2003 while still an apprentice jockey. He later moved to Sydney where he figured among the leading jockeys before he moved to Hong Kong in 2007.
After a slow start in the British colony, Purton soon made his mark, becoming the first jockey to end the 13-year reign of champion jockey Douglas Whyte in the 2013/2014 season. Purton has chalked up in excess of 800 winners in Hong Kong, and has ridden several Group and Listed winners throughout Australia, Hong Kong and other countries.
Some of his major wins include the 2012 Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes aboard Little Bridge at Royal Ascot, the 2014 Group 1 Caulfield Cup aboard Admire Rakti, the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen on Aerovelocity in March 2015, the Hong Kong Mile (twice), Hong Kong Sprint (twice), Hong Kong Vase, Hong Kong Derby, Hong Kong Gold Cup and one World Super Jockey Series title in Japan in 2012.
Locally, Purton is better remembered for winning the 2013 Singapore Airlines International Cup on Military Attack and the 2015 KrisFlyer International Sprint on Aerovelocity.
Purton, who goes to scale at 54kgs, is currently placed second on the Hong Kong jockeys' premiership on 95 winners from 475 rides.
Mauritian-born Teetan, 27, will be at his third pit-stop visit in Singapore. The Hong Kong-based jockey paid his first visit in 2016 when he landed the Group 2 EW Barker Trophy (1400m) aboard Lim’s Cruiser for trainer Stephen Gray.
After beginning his career as an apprentice jockey in South Africa in 2005, Teetan went on to finish runner-up on the South African apprentice jockey championship in the 2009-2010 season. He relocated to Hong Kong three years later in August 2013, getting off to a flying start at his very first ride aboard Amazing Always.
The lightweight jockey went on to bring up an outstanding haul of 50 winners in that rookie season. After another prolific season in 2015-2016 when he finished third on the log, he had a quieter season in 2016-2017, but has bounced back this year, currently sitting in third place on 41 winners behind perennial champion Joao Moreira.
With a total win tally in excess of 800 winners chalked up mainly in South Africa and Hong Kong, Teetan counts several feature race wins on his resume, namely the Group 1 Cape Derby and Group 1 Daily News 2000 with Jackson in South Africa, the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Cup, Group 2 Hong Kong Chairman’s Trophy and Group 2 Hong Kong Premier Bowl at Sha Tin and the Keeneland Korea Sprint aboard the Tony Millard-trained Super Jockey in Seoul in 2016.
Teetan also won a feature race aboard his Kranji Mile mount Horse Of Fortune – also prepared by Millard – in the Group 3 Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse (1800m) in 2016.
Teetan, who has also ridden in Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Macau, goes to scale at 50kgs.
With a trainer as mother (Myriam Bollack-Badel) and a former jockey as father (Alain Badel), Badel, 28, was always destined to become a jockey. After being crowned French champion apprentice jockey in 2007, he broke into the Top 10 in the French premiership in just his second year riding with 60 winners.
Feature races wins did not take long to come. He notched his first Group race win aboard Norse King for his mother in the 2013 Group 2 Prix du Conseil de Paris (2400m). He again landed another Group 2 for Bollack-Badel in the Grand Prix de Deauville aboard Cocktail Queen the next year.
Badel soon caught the eye of the Aga Khan, becoming his stable jockey behind Christophe Soumillon at the beginning of the 2015 racing season. That proved to be his most successful season to-date with a haul of 104 winners and a seventh position finish on the log. He won the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte that year aboard Donjuan Triumphant.
Badel has been a regular visitor in Hong Kong since December 2016, ending his first two-month stint on seven winners. He returned for a new term between November 2017 and February 2018, booting home another 14 more winners.
Currently based in France, Badel sits in 30th place on the French championship on 13 winners from 138 rides. He goes to scale at 52kgs.