SINGAPORE - He came at us like one of those monsoons which, each year, lashes the coast of his home state of Kelantan in Malaysia.
He was as unrelenting and he was in a hurry.
A'Isisuhairi Kasim had to make up for lost time.
He was 27 when the 2013 season began and he had just been granted a licence to ride at Kranji. The chase was on.
He had been honing his skills in New Zealand, where he had ridden 82 winners from 1,100 rides. Not bad for a kampung boy.
But "Harry" Kasim - as he was affectionately known - had heard tales of Kranji and was eager to get right into the heart of Singapore racing.
How were we to know then that, in less than a year, his name would be carved into the annals of local racing.