International Racing News
Aussies are an adventurous bunch, with locally bred jockeys and trainers filling critical horseracing industry roles around the globe. Below we've compiled just a few to keep an eye out for in International events.
Australian Jockeys Abroad
Prebble is a former champion apprentice and twice champion jockey in Melbourne. His HK breakthrough came aboard Precision in the HKG1 Champions & Chater Cup in 2003. In 2005 he added the G1 Australia Stakes on Cape Of Good Hope, and the Champions Mile and Yasuda Kinen on Bullish Luck in 2006. In 2009/10 he scored a G1 treble on board Sacred Kingdom in CXHK Sprint, Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup, and Chairman's Sprint Prize. His annual battle with Douglas Whyte for the Jockeys' Championship, invariably one to savour with in 2009/10, in which he eventually went down by 100-99, was one of the most thrilling in HK's racing history. Prebble's consolation for defeat being his six winning rides at Happy Valley on 20 June, itself a Hong Kong record. His 2010/11 challenge for the championship was hampered by suspensions, but by the end of season he had amassed 78 victories for an accumulated total of 525 in Hong Kong. Having been second in Hong Kong jockeys' ranks for the last five years, he rode a pair of HKG1 victories with Sacred Kingdom in the Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup, and Lucky Nine in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Mile last season.
Beadman is the youngest rider to be inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and the first to do so while still riding. He won the Golden Slipper as a teenager and he has twice lifted Melbourne Cups on Kingston Rule and Saintly. Repeatedly broke his own records in eight Sydney jockeys' premierships (his current standard is 164). He landed the Hong Kong International Bowl in 1996 and 1997 on Monopolize and Catalan Opening and in 2008/09 he won the CXHK Sprint and MBHK Derby on Inspiration and Collection for retaining trainer John Moore. Very much a big race specialist he has been the regular partner of such Moore-trained luminaries as Viva Pataca and Able One. In 2010/11 Beadman won six Group races - including one G1 with Xtension in the BMW Champions Mile and one HKG1 with Mighty High in the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup - to become the most successful locally-based jockey in most pattern races in Hong Kong. His winning tally of 57 last season brings his overall total in Hong Kong to 251.
Purton won the Brisbane jockeys' premiership as an apprentice in 2003 and, seeking a fresh challenge, later moved to Sydney where he came second only to perennial champion, Darren Beadman. Last season was his fourth full term in Hong Kong and he finished fourth in the jockeys' championship with 53 winners. His biggest HK victory came in the HKG1 Stewards' Cup on Fellowship in 2010. At the end of 2010/11 season, his career total wins in Hong Kong is 173.
Aged 22, Tye Angland has enjoyed considerable success in his riding career that began in 2005. In just his second season he was Champion Apprentice Jockey in Sydney and New South Wales with 127 winners, a total which put him in third place overall behind Darren Beadman and Zac Purton. Since being licensed as a senior jockey during the 2008/2009 season he has recorded G1 victories in Australia on Black Piranha in the 2009 Stradbroke Handicap and on Alverta in the 2010 Coolmore Classic. He also rode Alverta to victory in the 2010 Breeders Classic (G2) at Randwick and into 3rd place in the July Cup (G1) at Newmarket, England. He has close to 400 career wins so far at a success rate of around 10 per cent, of which 18 came in Hong Kong in 2010/11 in a season which was shortened for him by injuries suffered in a fall.
Australian Trainers Abroad
Moore has been involved in Hong Kong racing since the professional era began in 1971. He began training in 1985, before which he held the position of assistant trainer to his late famous father, George. In 2007 he prepared an international G1 double thanks to Viva Pataca in the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup and Able One in the Champions Mile and, in a feat perhaps unprecedented in the sport, won the same two races with the same two horses three years later. Moore is the first trainer ever to send out 1,000 winners in Hong Kong and has been the leader in prize-money won for the past six seasons. His total prize money of HK$106 million won in 2010/11 raised his career total to HK$998.9 million. Last season he regained the Trainers' Championship he last held in 1994/95 by winning four of the last six races of the season, finally getting the better of an epic battle with Tony Cruz for the sixth HK champion trainer's title of his illustrious career. The 74 winners he saddled in 2010/11, highlighted by the success of Xtension in the G1 BMW Champions Mile, brought his career total to 1,211.
D J Hall
Born in Adelaide; the son of trainer Joe Hall. Began training at Morphettville in 1988 and moved to Melbourne five years later. Best known at home for winning the Melbourne Cup in 2003 with the brilliant Makybe Diva; he also trained Silent Witness before the champion sprinter switched to Hong Kong. Hall began his training career in Hong Kong in 2004/05. Absolute Champion's victories in the CXHK Sprint in 2006 and 2008 Centenary Sprint Cup have provided his finest moments locally. In 2010/11, he trained 21 winners and by the end of that season had run up and overall Hong Kong total of 209.
Donald William Baertschiger
Don Baertschiger has more than 35 years experience in the racing industry, 17 of them as a professional trainer based in Melbourne. He was granted an "A" Class licence by Victoria Racing Club in 1992. Baertschigers biggest success in Australia came from the Moonee Valley Gold Cup with BUTTERNUT in 1985. He joined the MRA circuit in 1993 and has consistently been among the Top 10 trainers in Singapore. The feature races Baertschiger has landed include the 2008 Lion City Cup with CAPABLANCA, the 2000 Raffles Cup with CON AIR and the Patrons Bowl two years running in 1999 and 2000 with LOTSAGELT and SUPER LUCK. Baertschiger achieved an important milestone in April 2008 when he rang up his 500th winner at Kranji with SUN VILLAGE.
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN SINGAPORE/MALAYSIA
- Lion City Cup 2008
- Kranji Sprint 2007
- EW Barker Trophy 2006
- Kranji Mile 2005
- Queen Elizabeth II Cup 2004
- Three Rings Trophy 2004
- Hibiscus Bowl 2003
- 3YO Challenge (3rd leg) 2002
- Silver Cup 2001, 1997
- Committee Prize 2000
- Patron's Bowl 2000, 1999
- Raffles International Cup 2000
- Singapore Magic Million Classic 2000
- Lucky Cup 1999
- Merlion Trophy 1999 2011
A licensed "A" Grade trainer from Melbourne and a Horse Business Management alumnus of the famous Marcus Oldham College, Brown is the youngest trainer in the history of Australian racing to have trained three Derby winners at Group 1 level. He has trained 13 Group 1 and 2 winners including the 1997 Rosehill Guineas, 2002 Adelaide Cup and the South Australia Derby in 1995, 1996 and 1999, along with numerous other black-type races. Brown has had a number of Melbourne Cup runners including MARKHAM who ran a gallant third in 1997. He has been nominated for Training Excellence in the Victorian industry awards, the Fred Hoysted Award, for the past five years. Brown started his new Singapore adventure in 2008.
Steven Burridge has been in the racing industry since 1970 when he started out as an apprentice jockey licensed by the Victoria Racing Club. He received his professional jockey licence in 1975. He rode on the MRA circuit with a visiting jockey permit in 1987 before riding in Macau from 1989 to 1994. He returned to the MRA circuit in 1994 to work as a track rider for several trainers. From 1999, he was Stable Supervisor to several trainers in Malaysia and Singapore before becoming a trainer in his own right in 2005. Burridge was quick off the mark, earning the distinct honour of being presented the Queen Elizabeth II Cup by Her Majesty herself in 2006 after KING AND KING won the Group 2 event.
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN SINGAPORE / MALAYSIA
- Queen Elizabeth II Cup 2006, 2008
- Three Rings Trophy 2007
- Chairman's Trophy 2007
- Jumbo Jet Trophy 2007
- Singapore Gold Cup 2010
- Patron's Bowl 2011
Brian Dean first started as a licensed apprentice jockey with the Victoria Racing Club 1973 and received his professional jockey's licence in 1979. Among his 626 career wins were 21 country cup winners. He also rode in short stints in the MRA circuit as a visiting jockey in 1989, 1991 and 1993. His 35 wins included the Merlion Trophy and Orchid Trophy. Dean subsequently worked as a track rider and then senior track rider for Malaysian trainers Leong Poh Keong, Marinus van Breukelen and Peter Lee from July 1995 to May 2000. Then from 2002 onwards, he worked as a Stable Supervisor to top Kranji trainers Charles Leck and Laurie Laxon before striking out on his own. A familiar face at the winners circle, Dean won his first Group race in 2007 when WORLD AIRLINES took out the Group 2 EW Barker Trophy.
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN SINGAPORE / MALAYSIA
- 3YO Sprint 2008
- EW Barker Trophy 2007
Australian Michael Freedman joined the Kranji training ranks in April 2008. Younger brother of Hall of Fame trainer Lee, Michael has also been the Racing Manager at Lee Freedmans Markdel property in Victoria before coming to Singapore. Freedman has learned a lot from his brother after working alongside him for about 20 years. The Freedman yard did not take long to win silverware at Kranji. Most notable feature wins include the Raffles Cup (2009) with CHEYENNE DANCER, Four-Year-Old Sprint (2009) with NTINI and the Chairman's Trophy (2009) with ANY HUMOUR.
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN SINGAPORE / MALAYSIA
- Raffles Cup (2009)
- Causeway Classic Stakes (2009)
- 4YO Sprint (2009)
- Chairman's Trophy 2009, 2011
- Three-Year-Old Challenge (1st Leg) (2009)
- Committee's Prize (Singapore Group 3) 2010
- Paititi Gold Trophy 2010
- Mandai Classic Stakes 2010
- Magic Millions Juvenile Championship 2011