Nunes and Machado to ride at Kranji on short term licences

The Singapore Turf Club has granted short-term visiting jockeys’ licences to two Brazilian jockeys for two Group meetings coming up on September 20 and 22, 2019.

Former three-time Singapore champion jockey Manoel Nunes will be licensed to ride at the Group 1 Raffles Cup meeting on September 22 while newcomer Luan Machado will be licensed to ride at both the Group 3 Ultima El Dorado Classic and Raffles Cup meetings on September 20 and 22.

Manoel Nunes is a Brazilian jockey who was among the leading jockeys riding at Kranji between 2013 and 2017, landing the Singapore champion jockey title three times from 2014 to 2016. He left with a total tally which is just four winners short of the half-tonne – 496.

The 43-year-old jockey was booked by trainer Michael Clements to ride the Joe Giovanni-owned Countofmontecristo in the Raffles Cup, as well as other horses raced by Mr Giovanni on the day.

During his Singapore five-year stint, Nunes claimed many feature races, none more prestigious than the Group 1 Emirates Singapore Derby twice, first with Spalato in 2014 and then Infantry in 2017.

After serving his apprenticeship in Brazil in 1995, Nunes immediately made his mark at home, but became more famous on the global stage when he moved to Macau in 2002. Besides claiming the title six times in the former Portuguese enclave, he won 38 Group races there, including 15 at Group 1 level.

All up, over his 24-year-long riding career spanning across other countries like Argentina, Hong Kong, Dubai, South Korea and Mauritius, Nunes has won more than 1,900 races, including 71 Group races - 24 of which were at Group 1 level - and 74 Listed races.

Nunes is currently based on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius where he tops the national log on 27 winners, and recently claimed their most prestigious race, the Group 1 Maiden Cup aboard White River on Sunday.

Nunes goes to scale at 53kgs.


Luan Machado is a Brazilian jockey currently based in America where he is licensed by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. The 25-year-old rider is booked to ride Elite Quarteto in the Group 3 El Dorado Classic on September 20 and Elite Excalibur in the Group 1 Raffles Cup on September 22.

Machado’s career began nine years ago following his graduation from the Jockey School at Hipódromo da Gávea in Rio de Janeiro. After riding nearly 300 winners in Brazill, he relocated to the United States in November 2018.

In total, Machado boasts a record of more than 350 winners, including the Group 1 2018 Grande Premio Brasil, incidentally aboard Elite Quarteto, when then known as Quarteto De Cordas, and the Group 3 Copa ABCPCC Velocidade – Mario Belmonte Moglia.

Machado is currently ranked 27th on the Indiana Grand Race Course Meet (16 April 2019 to 27 August 2019) jockeys’ premiership with a record of three winners from 46 rides. He has for the current season brought up a total of 40 winners from 263 rides.

Machado goes to scale at 54kgs.