Singapore Horse Racing News: Australian Jockeys Return
Australian jockeys Daniel Moor (pictured) and William Pike will return to Kranji for another short-term visit this weekend.
The Singapore Turf Club has granted Moor a visiting jockey’s licence to ride at the Kranji race meetings on 1 and 3 December, 2017 while Pike’s licence is for only the 3 December, 2017 meeting, which will feature the Group 3 Colonial Chief Stakes, the traditional last Group event held at season’s end.
Licensed by Racing Victoria, Moor, 33, will be at his second Singapore visit. He recently rode on 29 September and 1 October, 2017, albeit without winning.
Born in Warrnambool, Moor began his riding career in 2004, showing early promise with a third place on the 2004/2005 Victorian apprentice jockey’s premiership, riding over 50 winners before going on to establish himself as one of the leading country jockeys.
Regularly booked by Kranji trainer Lee Freedman’s younger brother Anthony, Moor boasts more than 700 winners to his credit, with the highlights being the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes, Group 2 W H Stocks Stakes, Group 3 D C McKay Stakes and Group 3 Tasmanian Derby and nine other ‘black type’ races.
The well-travelled jockey has ridden in Malaysia, Mauritius, China and Korea. In the current season, Moor, who goes to scale at 50kgs, has ridden 22 winners this season while he rode 63 winners in the 2016/2017 season. .
The Perth-based Pike will be at his fifth Kranji visit this year alone, with three of them coming at feature race meetings. Even if the nine-time Perth champion jockey found one better in both the Group 1 Emirates Singapore Derby and the Group 1 Dester Singapore Gold Cup, he has managed to win three races all-up, aboard Chairman, Mr Crowe and King Of War.
Pike, who is again the runaway leader in the Perth standings, boasts more than 1,800 winners gained over a period of 15 seasons, including five at Group 1 level, namely the Perth Cup and WA Derby twice, and one Railway Stakes, 38 at Group 2 and 3 level. Besides Singapore, Pike did ride in Hong Kong with success in 2009 and 2012.
He goes to scale at 53kgs.