Duric’s licence extended till year-end from August 1

The Singapore Turf Club has granted a visiting jockey’s licence to Australian jockey Vlad Duric for the period from 1 August to 31 December 2022.

Duric was granted a short-term visiting jockey’s licence from 22 June to 17 July, where he rode the Tim Fitzsimmons-trained Relentless to victory in the Group 2 Stewards’ Cup on 26 June. He is booked to ride him again in the Group 1 Singapore Derby on 17 July.

With that latest feather in his cap, the Singapore Permanent Resident has now 12 Group 1 wins, six Group 2 wins and 13 Group 3 wins under his belt. His most recent Group 1 wins were the Singapore Derby and Queen Elizabeth II Cup aboard Top Knight, and the Singapore Guineas and Lion City Cup aboard Inferno, all in 2020.

The 44-year-old jockey last rode at Kranji in August last year, ending a five-year stint in Singapore where he claimed the champion jockey title from 2017 to 2020. He returned to ride in Victoria, Australia from February to June this year, where he rode four winners from 24 rides.

Duric has been riding in races for 29 years and has ridden more than 2,000 winners. Besides his Group 1 Caulfield Cup win with Master O’Reilly in 2007, Duric has notched four other Group 1 wins in Australia, including his first Group 1 success in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes aboard Bon Hoffa in 2007 to his last win in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes aboard Mourinho in 2015 before he moved to Singapore.

Besides Australia and Singapore, Duric has also ridden in Dubai, England, Macau, Mauritius and New Zealand. He goes to scale at 55kgs.

Relentless (Vlad Duric) wears down Lim's Kosciuszko (Danny Beasley, obscured) in the Group 2 Stewards' Cup, picture Singapore Turf Club