POPULAR South African jockey Barend Vorster reached another major career milestone when he brought up his 700th Singapore winner aboard Mighty Glory on Friday night.
The 39-year-old has become a well-established jockey in Kranji riding ranks since he first dipped his toes in 2003 before deciding to make a more permanent move that in the blink of an eye has now stretched to 13 seasons – and counting.
That latest landmark win – that came in a $38,000 Kranji Stakes D Division 2 race over 1400m – may pale in comparison with his two most prestigious feats, landing the champion jockey title in 2004 and winning the Group 1 KrisFlyer International Sprint (1200m) aboard Ato in 2012, but the Singapore permanent resident was still rapt to have come that far.
“It’s lovely to get to this score. I’m first of all grateful to be here in this position in Singapore,” said Vorster who hit his last century (600 wins) with the Michael Freedman-trained Mr Armstrong two years ago on 21 February 2014.
“I’ve had great support from all the trainers here, especially Pat (Shaw) from the word go. He has always stuck with me through thick and thin. – Singapore Turf Club.