The Singapore Turf Club has granted one-day visiting jockeys’ licences to three jockeys, Karis Teetan (pictured), Craig Williams and Jeff Lloyd for the Dester Singapore Gold Cup meeting on Sunday, 12 November 2017.
The three jockeys will ride in the Singapore Gold Cup and will also be booked in other races on the undercard.
Mauritian-born Karis Teetan, 27, will try and emulate his Group-winning pit-stop visit last year when he landed the Group 2 EW Barker Trophy aboard Lim’s Cruiser for trainer Stephen Gray.
With a riding career spanning 12 years, the South African-trained rider, who is currently licensed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, has tallied up in excess of 800 winners in South Africa and Hong Kong.
Runner-up on the South African apprentice jockey championship in the 2009-2010 season, Teetan relocated to Hong Kong three years later in August 2013, getting off to a flying start at his very first ride aboard Amazing Always.
He 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 with an early brilliant form in the new term, sitting in third spot on 20 winners, nine winners astern of current leader Joao Moreira (28).
Besides the EW Barker Trophy and his Group wins earned in South Africa, namely the Group 1 Cape Derby and Group 1 Daily News 2000 with Jackson, and the Hong Kong Classic Cup, Hong Kong Chairman’s Trophy, Hong Kong Premier Bowl at Sha Tin, Teetan also landed the Keeneland Korea Sprint aboard the Tony Millard-trained Super Jockey in Seoul last year.
Teetan goes to scale at 50kgs.
Born in England, Jeff Lloyd, 56, carved out an illustrious riding career in South Africa until 2007 when he migrated to Australia where he stunningly won the champion jockey title in Brisbane last year at the age of 55 – the oldest jockey to do so in Brisbane - three years after he suffered a stroke and was told he would never ride again.
With a rich experience spread over 42 years, Lloyd has booted home in excess of 5,000 winners, including 94 at Group 1 level. In South Africa, he boasts five J&B Metropolitan wins, three Queen’s Plates and one Summer Cup, and has been associated with legendary horses like Wolf Power and Tommy Hotspur.
In Australia, Lloyd is better remembered for his first Group 1 win aboard Nom Du Jeu in the 2008 Australian Derby and his record-breaking seven wins on the Sunshine Coast on 30 November 2016. Other feature wins include the 2012 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara with Pear Tart, the 2017 Magic Millions 2YO Classic and 2017 Group 3 Champagne Stakes, both with Houtzen.
Lloyd, who also spent three seasons in Hong Kong after he moved to Australia, has won 16 jockeys' premierships in a number of countries, including the first three as an apprentice jockey in South Africa, six senior titles in South Africa, five in Mauritius and the past two in Queensland.
Singapore is not uncharted territory for Lloyd as he did win the time-honoured race he will ride in on Sunday, the Singapore Gold Cup, with the Patrick Shaw-trained Mr Line in 2006.
Lloyd goes to scale at 53kgs.
A winner of more than 1,600 races in a 24-year-long career, six-time Melbourne champion jockey Craig Williams, 40, will be bidding for back-to-back Singapore Gold Cups following his similar one-day mission which he accomplished with a win aboard Bahana, also for Gray.
Formerly apprenticed to his trainer-father Allan at Cranbourne since 1993, Williams has risen through the ranks to become one of Australia’s most well-known jockeys.
His international appeal began in 2000 when he rode with success for English trainer Mick Channon, notching up 52 wins, including two at Group 1 level with Tobougg, the Dewhurst Stakes and the Prix de la Salamandre in France.
After stints in Dubai and Hong Kong for four years, Williams made his Australian comeback in 2005, going on to claim two Caulfield Cups (2011 with Southern Speed and 2012 with Dunaden), two Cox Plates (2006 with Fields Of Omagh and 2011 with Pinker Pinker) and one Golden Slipper (2006 with Miss Finland).
Williams also won international acclaim in feature races such as the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase on Dunaden in 2011, the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint on Ortensia in 2012 and Japan's Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Spring) with Jaguar Mail in 2011.
A five-time winner of the prestigious Scobie Breasley Medal, Williams is a regular visitor in Japan where he competed in the World Super Jockeys Series (now called World All-Star Jockeys Series) eight times, winning in 2007. He also took out the Meydan Masters, an international jockey’s challenge, in Dubai in 2012.
Currently second on the Victorian metropolitan jockeys’ premiership on 17 winners, Williams has also ridden at the Singapore Airlines International Cup meeting in 2006 and 2009. He also flew in to ride Masthead in the Group 3 Kranji Sprint in 2012. He did not win at his main assignments, but he did ride two winners – Ace Aviva in 2009 and Nandowra in 2012.
Williams goes to scale at 51.5kgs.